A growing number of specialized nanny positions offers the busy families more flexibility for their individual needs

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Parents do not always need a full-time Monday to Friday nanny and many do not know nannies are actually as flexible as the families are. In past, there was an au-pair and a nanny; that was it. But did you know nowadays there are many more specific positions? All Weather Childcare noted a recent growth in demand for temporary positions such as night nannies, proxy parents and holiday nannies.

Parents do not always need a full-time Monday to Friday nanny and many do not know nannies are actually as flexible as the families are. In past, there was an au-pair and a nanny; that was it. But did you know nowadays there are many more specific positions? All Weather Childcare noted a recent growth in demand for temporary positions such as night nannies, proxy parents and holiday nannies.

Often parents need help on a short-term basis and grandparents or other family members are not available. The solution is a temporary nanny either to cover for their existing nanny who may be on sick leave or to let the parents fully enjoy their holiday and ensure the kids are also entertained. A ski or summer nanny are getting more popular every year.

An emergency nanny is a good solution when childcare is needed at a very short notice. Proxy parent nannies are able to manage the children, household, and act as a parent where parents are absent for 24 or more hours. These are especially useful for households where both parents frequently travel for business and simply can't say no to the boss.

Evening babysitters help in the evenings when parent are out, no surprise there, and night nannies enable tired mums to get their beauty sleep while the baby is in safe hands.

For mums-to-be and new mums, there is lot of support available: Doulas provide pre-birth support and are able to assist during the birth; Maternity Nannies help new parents figure out the first few weeks of parenthood in the comfort of their own home. For more specific advice, breast feeding or sleep-pattern experts are available. Any mother who has had issues here can say these specialists are worth their weight in gold.

There is a growing number of male nannies, 'mannies', who are equally qualified and experienced to look after children. They are often, but not exclusively, sought after by families with multiple boys or single mum families where the male figure comes as a bonus.

Not all families need a full-time nanny, especially once children are at school. For this, you can either hire a nanny-housekeeper on a full-time basis who will spark up your house in the mornings and look after your children after school or you can get an afternoon nanny. Other part-time positions include a morning or weekend nanny, as well as a nanny for couple of full days.

Last but not least, families can often get a nanny 'found to measure'; where they can specify their preferences precisely. For example, is the family bilingual? Many nannies are too. Do the children play piano, love science, are they football fans? Their nanny can share this passion too.

With so much choice and flexibility, nannies can offer help and convenience to every family. Svetlana Sonkolova of All Weather Childcare, nanny agency in London, notes “Parents should not be afraid to express their detailed requirements, both things that are essential and nice-to-haves, when dealing with a childcare agency. It is, after all, the job of the agency to find the best possible match”.

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