Responsibilities

Families want a nurturing, safe and stimulating environment so their children can thrive. Some families also need help running the household to help out busy parents. Working with a Town + Country Family Assistant is like having two great employees in one – they take care of your children and while helping to keep your home running smoothly.

We know how important the safety of your family and your home is. We work hard to screen all of our Nanny and Family Assistants and check every reference. We practice “full disclosure,” which means that we share all pertinent information about candidates with our clients so that you can make a fully informed hiring decision. We’ll never withhold information from you just to push a candidate through. We will keep you informed of our progress screening your chosen candidates throughout your search.

It is important to us that you feel confident that the Nanny and Family Assistant you hire through Town + Country will keep your children and home safe. Just as important, we work closely with you to understand your family’s unique needs so that we can match you with a Nanny and Family Assistant who will be a great fit.

The duties of a full-time or part-time Nanny and Family Assistant can include:

  • Childcare: The Nuts and Bolts
    Helping busy parents ensure that essential childcare tasks are done right.

    • Preparing children for their day; dressing, grooming, breakfast and getting them organized
    • Preparing meals for the kids
    • Driving children to school, appointments and activities
    • Laundering clothes
    • Tidying up after children
  • Childcare: Developmental
    Enriching children’s intellectual, emotional and physical development.

    • Tutoring and helping with homework
    • Initiating and participating in enriching activities
    • Playing sports and exercising
    • Story time and reading
    • Connecting during “just hanging out” time
  • Managing and maintaining the household.
    • Light housekeeping
      • Loading and emptying dishwasher and keeping kitchen tidy
      • Taking out garbage and recycling
      • Taking care of pets
    • Managing the family calendar
    • Scheduling repairs and service
    • Planning birthdays, play dates and other activities
    • Assisting with travel plans
  • Doing household errands.
    • Grocery shopping
    • Personal shopping for family
    • Picking up and dropping off dry cleaning
    • Interfacing with vendors

Compensation

Compensation for a Family Assistant is usually based on two factors: the amount of experience your Family Assistant brings to the position and the duties included in the Family Assistant’s job description. We can help you determine the appropriate compensation that will work for your family and your Family Assistant.

Salary

Full-time, live-in Family Assistants earn $3,000 to $4,000 per month on average. Family Assistants who live outside the home typically earn $22 to $30 per hour. This range includes both full-time and part-time Family Assistants.

Benefits

Many families provide benefits that may include:

  • Paid sick days
  • Paid vacation
  • Paid holidays
  • Medical insurance

Part-time benefits may include:

  • Paid sick days
  • Paid vacation
  • Paid holidays

What clients and staff are saying

I wanted to let you know that Allie is fantastic!  She takes great care of the kids, the house is in great shape when I get home from work and many of the errands and chores I had to do myself are now done for me – it’s really wonderful! Going back to work was stressful and I knew I needed all the help I could get. I thought that finding the right person to take care of my kids and my house would add to the stress, but I was really impressed with your process.  The pool of candidates you sent was of the highest quality and well screened ahead of time. You assured me we would find the right fit – and we did! ” —Sally, Mom and Sales Executive

“Nanny and Family Assistant is a position we created here at Town + Country.  As parents got busier, we found they needed help with a variety of tasks to keep their household running smoothly – not just childcare.  We helped to guide our best Nannies to step up to the plate and take on more responsibilities.  Our Nanny and Family Assistant position is a win for everyone.” —Sarah Thigpen, Town + Country Resources

 

FAQ

Which positions are similar to a Family Assistant?

A Nanny is most similar to a Family Assistant. Nannies focus primarily on childcare while Family Assistants help run the home as well as caring for children. Some Housekeepers and Executive Housekeepers may be able to assist families with running and maintaining their home as well as keeping it clean. Some Housekeepers may also be able to assist with childcare. We can help you choose household professional who will be the right fit for your family.

What are your other childcare positions?

What is Share Care?

When two or more families hire one Nanny to care for all the children, it’s called a “share care” arrangement. For a share care arrangement to work effectively, the participating families need to have a compatible geography, budget, values and preferences for how their children will be cared for. Typically, a Nanny will require a somewhat higher wage to care for more children. For tax purposes, each family participating in the share care is considered to be a separate employer. We encourage you to consult with us to evaluate whether share care is the right option for your family. We can help you make the right decision.

What is the difference between a Family Assistant and an au pair?

An au pair is treated as a member of the family, not an employee like a Nanny, and comes from a foreign country as a part of a cultural exchange program administered by the U.S. Department of State working with approved agencies placing candidates under a so-called “J-1” visa. Au pairs have limited duties that encompass care of children but most may not perform household tasks like laundry or managing the household in the parents’ absence. Unlike Nannies, au pairs are limited to a 45-hour work week and are limited to a one to two-year stay in the United States. Also, while Nannies vary in age, au pairs must be aged 18 to 26 years old. There are additional requirements imposed by the terms of the au pair’s visa, including that the au pair has been hired through a special agency approved by the U.S. Department of State.


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