The Nanny Series

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Many of us find ourselves back at work after four months of maternity leave, and after a series of discussions and decisions have opted to employ a nanny to look after your baby. 

But where to begin? How do you find nannies, what do you ask in the interview, what can you expect and how much should you pay?

We try to answer your questions in our Nanny Series, with a collection of articles written by different authors. 

Finding your own super nanny

The ABCs of finding a good nanny
Why is a good nanny so hard to find? By Primrose Mrwebi 

Meet the nanny
How to find the perfect match for you and baby. By Melany Bendix

How to choose the right nanny: sample interview questions
Interviewing and selecting the perfect nanny for you and your family. By Kirsten McIntosh 

10 top tips to find the perfect nanny
What to look for in a childminder or nanny.

Employing in-home childcare
Interviewing a prospective childcare provider can be daunting. Hopefully the following pointers will help you keep your wits about you! By Sarah Rudd 

Nanny log

Print it: Daily chart of nannies
Download and print this daily nanny chart by Your Baby magazine.


How to help your nanny stay safe
By Elizabeth Mamacos

Your relationship with your nanny

Building a good relationship with your child’s nanny
Here's how to make sure you are both happy in this relationship. By Kim Norton

Domestic workers and nannies are mothers too
Do you give your helper time off during the holiday season? By Masanda Peter

You, your nanny cam and the law
Nanny cameras don't have to be sinister. They can be a great safety tool for your nanny and children and you can use it to tune in at specific times to join in a party, for example. Just make sure you comply with the law. By Elizabeth Mamacos 

Would you install a nanny spying camera?
Shocking footage reveals nannies abusing toddlers. But is it legal? By Sipho Yanano

Spying on the nanny?
Would you fit your house with a nanny cam? By Carrie Linder

HIV and your nanny: know her rights and yours
What happens if you suspect your nanny may be HIV-positive? Does it pose a risk for your family and should you look for someone else? The answers are no and no. Here's why. By Sharon van Wyk

HIV-positive nanny?
Know her rights. Know yours. By Carrie Linder

Legal & Salaries

Wage rights for domestic workers and nannies: Here's the law

A legal professional unpacks the laws around nanny and domestic worker wages.  

Nannies, domestic workers: contracts, UIF and salaries
Play it legal by providing your domestic worker and nanny with a work contract and staying within the boundaries of the minimum wage payable to your nanny. Here's what you need to know.

What is the minimum wage for nannies and domestic workers?
Here are the latest minimum rates for domestic workers for this year, as announced by the Department of Labour.

Are you paying your domestic worker enough?
Fin24 reports.

Why you can't just fire your nanny or domestic worker
What you need to know about dismissing your domestic worker. By Caira-lee Durand

What you should be paying the babysitter
The going-rate varies widely depending on a number of factors and you should know how to pay accordingly (November 2015). By Caira-lee Durand 

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