What is a Nanny Share?

Sharing one nanny for two families is a cost efficient childcare option

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A nanny share is a childcare arrangement where one nanny cares for the child or children of two or more families at the same time. A nanny share is an alternative childcare option to daycare or hiring a nanny for one family.

You can have a “full” nanny share which means that one nanny takes care of two families’ kids at the same time, without any individualized care (easier to figure out financially, but not always practical).

Another option is a “partial” share, when a nanny takes care of two families’ children sometimes individually and sometimes together.



The cost of a nanny share is a major benefit. Many people think daycare is the most cost-efficient option for childcare, but that is not always the case. Daycares close for holidays and breaks and if your child is sick, he must stay home from daycare. A nanny share is considerably less costly than having a full-time nanny for one family.

Socialization for the children

A nanny share arrangement is like a build-in playdate for the children. This is great for building socialization skills, such as learning to share, play well with others and 

Higher Salary for Nanny

In a nanny share, the hourly pay is more per hour for the nanny since she is caring for more than one child.  

Additional Help

In a share where there are two families/four parents involved it can be much easier to cover times when the Nanny is sick or otherwise unable to work, since the parents can all take turns taking days off.



Sick Kids

The question of what to do when one child is sick add to the complexity of making a Nanny Share situation successful. I


In a nanny share, you may be affected by another family’s difficulties and scheduling challenges. In a Nanny Share, your child does not get one- on-one attention from the Nanny (although learning to share attention can be seen as a benefit, particularly if parents are planning on having a second child at some time).

Differences in income, job situations, and travel schedules can create stresses and frustrations. Paying on the books can also be much more complicated in this type of childcare situation.

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