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Hiring a Nanny to Drive Kids to Activities

by Christina Schnell

Hiring a nanny to drive your children to after-school activities and doctor's appointments can save you the headache of constantly negotiating car-pools or altering your work schedule to get to soccer practice on time. The fact that she will be driving your children makes establishing clear guidelines essential, according to eNannySource.com. Even if driving your children to and from their activities is the nanny's only task, it is still important to follow the guidelines as you would when hiring a full-time nanny.

Whose Car

You want your children riding in a vehicle that is safe, reliable and well-maintained. Ideally, you would provide your nanny with a car rather than asking her to use her own, but this is not possible for every family. If you need the nanny to use her own car, you should make sure it is up to date on inspection and registration. If her car is older, you should make sure the seat belts in the backseat are working and include a shoulder strap for older children.

Safety

Obtain a background check from any nanny you consider hiring as well as her driving record. Set clear expectations about rules and safety inside the car, regardless of whose car it is. The driver and all passengers need to wear a seat belt or be in a regulation booster seat, car seat, or infant seat, and underscore that you expect her to abide by your rules, as well as by state and federal laws. Better to find out during the hiring process if she is willing to abide by these rules, rather than find out later your child unbuckled, "just for a minute to get the toy he dropped on the floor." Also, establish which, if any, of your children you allow to sit in the front seat.

Money

Even if you provide a car for the nanny you hire, you should also expect to provide an agreed-upon amount of petty cash for things like snacks for the kids and gas. If she is using her own car, expect to reimburse an additional amount for each mile she drives your children. Asking for gas and snack receipts is fine, but remember that haggling over whether she drove 24 miles or 26 miles that week is counterproductive.

Downtime

Waiting for your child's activity to finish typically involves some downtime. Set guidelines in advance about how you want this time spent, including whether she can run personal errands with younger children between activities or if you would prefer she took the little one to the playground instead. Expect to pay her for this downtime, because although she is technically not watching your children during the hour they are at gymnastics class, she is not able to make any other commitments.

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