More and more families with children choose to take a babysitter on holiday. Decadent? Maybe in the past, but nowadays parents more often see it as a smart solution to relax themselves. But where can you find a babysitter that fits your family and how do you take her or him on a trip?By: Hannah Konig
Parents have different reasons for taking a babysitter on holiday. Especially mixed families and parents of children of different ages choose a babysitter to look after the small children during the holidays, says Valerie Schurink, who has a babysitter agency in Twente. “For example, the parents can go on a sailing trip or go out to eat with their older children. With a baby, toddler or toddler, you are often tied to your house or apartment as a parent, and with a babysitter you have a little more freedom.”
But there are also other reasons to ask a babysitter, such as relationship problems. “Parents who are in a relationship that isn’t going well and want to work on it, choose to bring a babysitter to spend more time together,” says Schurink.
Lyla Kok, owner of an au pair and babysitter app, is also getting more and more inquiries: “Two years ago, only families with an au pair took them on holiday. But this summer we are also getting many inquiries from families . without an au pair looking for a nanny for the summer holidays.”
Don’t make it work 24/7
How the nanny is deployed on holiday differs from family to family: “Some parents want the nanny to eat breakfast with the children in the morning so that they can sleep in. Others prefer a nanny for the day or evening so that they can go out on their own hand.” It’s important that you think about this beforehand because you can’t have a nanny working for you 24/7.”
The nanny went places she wouldn’t normally go and she was an asset to our whole family. Truly a win-win situation.
You can arrange a babysitter on holiday yourself, or you can ask an agency to mediate for you. Such a babysitting agency then matches your family with a babysitter and makes an agreement. In this way, you as a parent can be sure that your babysitter will not cancel. Schurink: “The price is fixed in advance: you can pay a babysitter by the hour or agree a fixed amount for the holiday. As a parent, you also pay travel, board, accommodation and cancellation insurance. It is important that a babysitter has his own room , so he or she has privacy.”
Esther Groenewegen is a mother of two children and took her regular nanny on holiday for years: “My husband and I love to travel, but we sometimes dreaded the holiday with our children. We have a daughter who requires care and the holidays with her were hard work and hard on us. We invited our regular nanny to Israel, Greece and New York. She loved it, she went to places she wouldn’t normally go and she was an asset to our whole family. she scuba dived with my daughter, I could relax for a while. It was also nice for my son, a real win-win situation.”
If the babysitter goes to get an ice cream with the kids, does she postpone it or receive a debit card?
If you take a babysitter on holiday, it is important that you agree this in advance. Schurink advises to always put these in black and white.
“Create an email or WhatsApp message making it clear how you will do this on holiday. If the babysitter goes to get an ice cream with the kids, does she postpone this or receive a debit card? When does she work? she, and when does she have time off? Who pays for her food if she goes out herself? All things that you have to make clear agreements about in advance, so that everyone has the same expectations and no unpleasant situations arise during the holiday.”
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