General Questions

This site defines a “nanny” as a professional caregiver who cares for children on a regular basis (either part time or full time).

This site defines a “babysitter” or “sitter” as a more casual, non-regular caregiver (date nights, occasional day or weekend care).

Read more about this: Nannies, Daycare, Sitters, Oh My!

More on responsibilities of a nanny: Great Expectations

Same day of care nanny shares (most common) are when two families employ a nanny to care for their children together, at the same place and time. Typically, each family pays only 67% of the nanny’s regular single-family rate, saving 33% each. The nanny makes 33% more for the extra responsibility of working for more than one family.

It is common for families’ hours to not always match up perfectly. During non–nanny share hours, the nanny should be paid at an agreed-upon single-family rate.

Opposite day of care nanny shares are when two families use the same nanny on opposite days. Each family pays their regular single family rate. This is most commonly used to retain a desired nanny who requires more hours than a part-time or seasonal family can provide.


Part-time matchup: One family uses the nanny Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and the other family on Tuesday and Thursday.

Seasonal matchup: One family that needs only summer-break care for a school-age child matches up with a family where one of the parents is a teacher and doesn’t need nanny care for the summer months.

Read more on this: Nanny Sharing: An Innovative Option!

Further reading: Setting Up a Nanny Share

When it comes to nanny sharing, the topic of “host location” comes up, meaning, at which family’s home will the childcare take place? Some families alternate, but sometimes a family might need the care to take place exclusively outside of their home (for example, a parent works from home), or sometimes the hours or  location make sense for one family or the other to host exclusively.

Read more on this: Nanny Share Hosting and Other Logistics

A care exchange is when families trade off care for one another’s children instead of paying for care (sometimes called “care cooperatives” or “care co-ops”). On Via The Village, family users can add their interest in this to their profile if they want to find other local families to set up exchanges.

This can work great for stay-at-home parents needing to run errands sans children or for before-and after-school care needs!

On Via The Village, nannies can find backup buddies. If the employer is agreeable, backup buddies can provide care backup on days the nanny needs off or is ill. Parents can also find their own backup care through Via The Village, but this a valuable asset for nannies to be able to offer their employers!

It is recommended that the nanny introduce the backup buddy to the family beforehand to ensure all parties feel comfortable with the arrangement.

Wouldn’t you love to know if anyone on your daughter’s soccer team or in your son’s religious ed class would be interested in taking turns with pickup and drop-off? Via The Village families can add their interest in kiddie carpooling and search for others who are interested. You just might make life a little easier Via The Village!

Nannies and families alike can search for others interested in making new friends and meeting up for story time at the library or a picnic in the nearby park.

Website Related Questions

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