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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Why a Nanny Share? & Where Do I Begin?

Why a nanny share?

Why not?

Are you looking for affordable childcare in the NYC area?

Has everyone you've talked to about this topic scared the living daylights out of you?

Let me guess - You attempted to look at day cares in Manhattan and it turns out you were supposed to place your child on the waiting list prior to conception?
You find out that day care isn't necessarily cheaper than having a nanny.
You decide, alright, I'm going to find a nanny and then you don't know where to start and you don't know if you can swing the cash output every week (between $500-$650 each week, rain or shine).

Well, you've come to the right blog.

My hope is that this blog will answer all your nanny share questions, as well as help you find another family to share a nanny with.

Here's how this nanny share match finder will work (and please remember I am still ironing out the details).

Email me, Sharon, the creator/administrator of this blog at shareournanny.com@gmail.com with the type of nanny share you are looking for.

Your email should include the following information:
1. First name
2. Contact information – email address or phone or both
3. Age of child
4. Already have a nanny
OR
Searching for a nanny and a nanny share
5. Days and hours needed
For example, full time, M-F 8 am – 6pm
OR
Monday, Tu, Wed 8 am – 2pm
6. Neighborhood you live in
7. Are you willing to drop off your child at someone else's apt?
If yes, what area are you willing to go to?
For example, you live in Washington Heights but work in mid-town. You are happy to drop off your child somewhere on the UWS providing it's off the 1 subway line.
8. Do you have any pets?
9. Does your child have any allergies?
10. Does your building have an elevator (think double stroller!)?
11. Does your neighborhood have a playground, nice places to walk? You will want the nanny to be spend time outside with the children.
12. Would you be interested in signing up (and paying for) a "nanny and me" music class or gym class?
13. Does your household have any dietary restrictions (vegan, vegetarian, kosher, etc)?
14. When would you be able to start nanny share?
ASAP or beginning of the month, etc.
15. Any other relevant information you would like to share?

I will post your nanny share ad on the blog. If someone is interested in getting in touch with you, she/he can simply respond to your ad by posting a comment.

If you feel comfortable sharing e-mail addresses, then you may do so through the blog (keep in mind it is public).

If you are NOT comfortable sharing your information this way, email me at shareournanny.com@gmail.com and I will contact both parties via email.

If you are looking to see what nanny share situations are currently available, scroll through the blog.

The only way this FREE nanny share referral service will work is by sharing this blog with as many families as possible. I will also do my best to get in touch with other NY Metro baby-related organizations, Web sites, (i.e. BabyBitesNYC, BigCity Moms, Urbanbaby etc) to make sure that they are are aware of this blog. In addition, I would like to create a PDF of a flyer advertising this service blog so that parents like you can download the pdf and post it at your pediatrician's office, dentist office, ob/gyn, library, local bagel store, synagogues, churches, etc etc.

The success of this blog is in our hands – the more families are aware of it, the greater chance of finding another family that matches your nanny share needs.

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