I call myself a professional nanny, but what makes me a professional? Beyond just being “good” with infants and toddlers, I’m a professional because my job doesn’t simply stop when I leave work. I think about how to deal with new transitions and developmental stages long after work hours. I do research into early childhood development, parenting styles, and baby/toddler gear. I am always professional in regards to my employers privacy (hence the lack of any identifying information, pictures and names on my blog.)
I think about everything I do with the children I care for, and how to be better the next time around. I now write about childcare on my blog and occasionally for Nanny Magazine. And I love what I do. But what really makes me a professional in the eyes of my peers? I pay taxes and I have health care provided by my employers.
Peers almost applaud when they find out the last two aspects of my job, the other stuff, my time, focus and work ethic doesn’t really seem to matter. What matters most are taxes and health care….And this is good!
I am happy, even grateful at moments that I am able to work for, not just a family who I like, but a family who treats my job choice as legitimate and respectable. Unfortunately they are an anomaly among personal, in home childcare employers.
The reality is that I am grateful, because my situation is rare. But I don’t want to be grateful, I want the treatment I’ve received from my current employers to be the norm, not the exception.
Why Childcare Professionals (baby sitters and nannies) should be “on the books.”
As long as social security still exists when I retire, I will have funds to retire on. I can rent an apartment, lease a car, buy a house one day, because I have a paper trail of credibility and financial stability.
Why Parents should insist on this.
Unless parents are working with an illegal immigrant they should insist on on the books pay, for the reasons listed above, and for similar reasons discussed in Jacoba Urist’s article, Should You be Paying Taxes on your Baby Sitter in Motherlode.
“In the final analysis, it’s most important to remember that withholding rules are designed to protect your nanny, by financing her Social Security and Medicare down the road — just as she tries to anticipate your child’s needs each and every day.”