Holidays are a time for doing something that you really enjoy or taking time out to relax from the stresses of everyday life, but as parents you may be wondering about the pros and cons of taking your nanny on holiday and whether this would create a better experience for you and your children.

Although spending time as a family is very important, and plenty of amazing memories can be made while on holiday, you may be considering inviting your nanny to join you and we hope that we can help you to make the right decision based on your family’s needs.

Pros of taking your nanny on holiday

  • You can spend time as a couple – It can be difficult to find quality time to spend with your other half when you’re both working and spending time with your children and going on holiday can offer the perfect opportunity to do this. Taking your nanny on holiday with you means that your nanny can take care of the kids while you enjoy luxurious lie-ins or romantic meals, and you know that the children will be having fun while you do so.
  • Your children will love having them around – If your children are used to spending a lot of time with their nanny it is very likely that they have formed a special bond with them and will love having them around on holiday. Having your nanny around would also enable you to spend quality time with each of your children individually if you have more than one child, giving you that chance to do things separately and to catch up with each other.
  • An extra pair of hands – Your nanny will be able to take the children off to do activities that they love or can help to supervise on the beach or around the pool as it’s always great to have an extra pair of hands, especially with young children. This means that you can sit back and relax knowing that they are in familiar hands that you trust.

Cons of taking your nanny on holiday

  • Lack of routine – When you take your family on holiday you will completely lose the routine that you and your nanny have established at home which can make things a little complicated. For example, you will need to consider what hours they will be working if you will require them to be on hand for more hours than they are at home, the duties that they will be carrying out, and any overtime that you might consider paying them. This can all be discussed and written up before you go away, but it is definitely important that both you and your nanny are clear about what is expected.
  • It can be expensive – Not only will you need to pay your nanny for the hours that they are working, plus any overtime that has been agreed, you will also be required to pay for their accommodation, meals and flights where necessary, and this can all add up when also paying for your family to go away together. If you are taking your nanny on holiday you should organise for them to have their own room so that they have privacy, although if you are going away with another family and their nanny they may be happy to share with each other.
  • If you decide to take your nanny on holiday you will also need to consider if you will be comfortable having them around all day, as while you’re at home it is likely that you only see them for a short amount of time, unless your nanny lives-in. However, by giving them time to go out during the day to explore or enjoy the weather you will be able to have quality family time throughout your holiday too.

Whether you decide to take your nanny on holiday with you or not, we hope that these pros and cons have helped you to make your mind up. As long as you have agreed on exactly what is expected throughout the holiday, there is no reason why you can’t all have a fantastic time together and have fun making memories as a complete unit.