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Staycationing With Nanny In Tow – Top Tips

05 June 2021

With the government advising against all non-essential international travel, many families are choosing to holiday in Ireland this summer. If you are considering bringing your nanny along for the ride, Astrid Hamilton from Nanny Payroll has these top tips.

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Set out the ground rules

With the government advising against all non-essential international travel, many families are choosing to holiday in Ireland this summer. If you are considering bringing your nanny along for the ride, Astrid Hamilton from Nanny Payroll has these top tips

Foot the bill

It’s expected that you will pay for your nanny’s travel and accommodation costs, but a free holiday is not a substitute for a salary. You are still expected to pay your nanny for all and any hours worked. Keep a track of hours worked on your phone and mutually agree them. For help managing nanny timesheets and payroll, contact the Nanny Payroll team.

Discuss sleeping arrangements

Be clear from the start about room arrangements, for example, if they are expected to share with the children, say so, to avoid surprises. If you do want them to share with the children, consider how this can impact their ability to get downtime or breaks between shifts.

Clarify details

Will your nanny be accompanying you on day trips? Will they be eating with the family in the evening? Do you need them to babysit in the evening so you can enjoy a kid-free adult meal out? Are they expected to do chores, such as cleaning the holiday home? These are just some of the things that need to be discussed before you set out. This will avoid any awkwardness when you get there.


If you employ a nanny or childminder, Nanny Payroll can offer helps and advice on your obligations as an employer. Contact us today for a free information pack.