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Why parents choose domestic help

They cook, they clean and above all they take care of children and raise them.

No wonder parents on the Sunshine Coast turn to nannies to help around the house.

Nannying is an industry on the rise. The Australian Nanny Association has reported a 500 per cent increase in membership across the country in the last five years.

For student Hannah, who is studying her master’s degree in teaching, nanny for families is just the thing.

Maroochydore, 28, currently works with a family of four that includes two children, ages eight and one respectively.

The father works an average 65-hour week while the mother works part-time from home.

Hannah’s average workday includes preparing the family dinner, doing light homework, and looking after, educating, and playing with the children. Your role may also include school drop-off and pickup duties.

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“I don’t want to end up in a classroom (outside of campus) right away,” she said Sunshine Coast News.

“The education and childcare system is broken.

“Teachers are overworked but there is little to no support when dealing with neglected, homeless and misbehaving children.

“Big reforms are needed. That’s why I came to nannying.

“I can work closely with children and families.

“I’ve always loved working with children, so this is a natural fit.”

Hannah said she would see more validity for the nanny profession, as well as government-backed funding for families who don’t fit into the traditional day care form, whether because of work commitments, family dynamics, or health and special needs considerations.

“The industry has flown under the radar for so long. There’s more room for growth and recognition,” she said.

Industry experts say changing working conditions due to the pandemic, coupled with a childcare crisis, are driving the nanny trend.

More than 16,000 childcare workers are needed statewide, resulting in parents struggling to find a suitable daycare and education leaders struggling to fill rosters.

The National Skills Commission has projected that we will need 142,100 childcare workers by 2026 to accommodate industry growth.

To fill the growing local void, nanny and babysitting agencies are popping up, and social media community forums are filled with parents looking for domestic help.

Families on the Sunshine Coast are investing more in the nanny industry.

Demand has inflated prices with hearsay that parents are trying to outbid each other and even poach the perfect nanny.

A search shows wage rates range from $23 to $45 an hour.

So a nanny working an eight-hour shift can get away with $360 for a day’s work.

There are also incentives such as family holidays, car use and, in some cases, accommodation in the family home.

Caloundra businesswoman and mother-of-four Katie said the “flexibility and reliability” far outweighed the financial cost.

“We had nannies with us over the holidays, we let them sleep over when I was away from work, we let them host children’s birthday parties,” she said.

“You show up and do the work so you can safely plan your other commitments, be it that work or others.”

Having a nanny has enabled Katie and her husband to work after hours and weekends as needed.

“We didn’t know anyone who had a nanny when we had our first, but I’ve had about a dozen family messages or a call over the past 12 months to help find a nanny,” she said.

Lauren Brown, president of the Australian Nanny Association, said the association is encouraging more people to consider nanny careers.

“There aren’t enough people to offer solutions and that includes childcare, child care and home day care,” Ms Brown said.

“Demand has gone through the roof.

“Families who have gone through lockdown never want to be caught again.

“Child care lists are far too long. Children get sick in daycare and as soon as they are sick, parents cannot go to work.

Caloundra mum Katie’s son is pictured with the family’s nanny.

“A nanny is a solid and reliable solution that you can rely on.

“In this generation, parents have never been so busy. It has gotten to the point where people are outsourcing the house.”

With four children, ages eight and under, and a husband who works rotating rosters, Katie knows the feeling well.

“A good nanny is like a fun aunt or uncle, like a big sister,” Katie said.

“They have to be fun for the kids, but the more experienced can engage the kids in an activity and still cook dinner or fold laundry.

“A good nanny helps with the physical stress of looking after children, but also with the mental stress.

“Having a nanny isn’t just a financial decision, it gives us so much more — it gives us better mental health, it gives us time together, and it gives us the reassurance that we’re working and having careers both, working out and ours.” can be best selves for each other and for our children.

“We really appreciate the time we’re together by having that extra help where it really matters.”