There is hardly a more controversial topic for nannies than how many housekeeping duties are their responsibility. Professional nannies pride themselves in being responsible for the care of children and often resent also being asked to clean the home they work in.
Undoubtedly, much of the day caring for children includes cleaning-up after children, especially in the kitchen after meals, in their bedrooms, bathrooms, and play areas. But, most childcare providers prefer working in homes where the employers hire separate housekeepers to do the family’s heavy cleaning. Some daily housework is involved in the care of the children and should be expected of nannies and au pairs.
In our monthly poll at http://www.bestnannynewsletter.com/ 778 in-home childcare providers took our survey about housekeeping.
Of the caregivers that took this poll only 9% are both the full-time childcare provider and the full-time housekeeper employed by a family.
The majority of nannies are responsible for light housekeeping as summarized here.
Of the caregivers that took this poll:
- 770 (99%) clean or wipe counters and tables after meals and crafts with the children
- 646 (83%) wash, fold, and put away the children’s laundry
- 645 (83%) put away and organize toys and craft supplies in the children’s play areas
- 576 (74%) load and unload the dishwasher
- 552 (71%) sweep, vacuum, wipe-up, mop children’s and nanny messes if necessary
- 529 (68%) wipe-up messes and pick-up the children’s bathroom towels
- 498 (64%) change the sheets and bedding of the children
- 459 (59%) clean and sterilize baby pacifiers, bottles, and toys as needed
- 451 (58%) clean and sanitize toys as needed
- 436 (56%) empty the kitchen trash and diaper pails
- 420 (54%) make the children’s beds
- 389 (50%) rotate the children’s seasonal clothing
- 350 (45%) inventory food, grocery shop, and put groceries away
- 226 (29%) keep the nanny car clean
- 156 (20%) wash, fold, and put away the entire family’s laundry including the parents
- 156 (20%) empty household trash
- 148 (19%) keep their nanny bedroom clean
- 140 (18%) iron the children’s laundry
- 132 (17%) cook dinner for the entire family
- 117 (15%) sweep, vacuum, and mop the entire house as needed
- 93 (12%) change sheets and bedding of the entire family including the parents
- 93 (12%) dust
- 77 (10%) clean bathrooms
- 70 (9%) are the only housekeeper employed by the family
- 62 (8%) make the entire family’s beds
- 62 (8%) iron entire family’s laundry including the parents
Other tasks listed included: feeding pets, make travel arrangements, and overseeing workmen.
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