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We Got a Nanny for the Summer, and It’s Amazing

This post is sponsored by Rochester Poppins

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As summer approaches, you’re likely feeling the familiar mix of excitement and apprehension. While the idea of spending more time with your kids is appealing, the reality of balancing work, household chores and keeping kids entertained can be overwhelming. If you find yourself in this situation, hiring a summer nanny could be the solution you’re looking for.

The Pros of Hiring a Summer Nanny

  • Reliable Support: A summer nanny offers professional childcare support, ensuring your children are well-cared for and engaged in meaningful activities while you focus on work or other obligations.
  • Peace of Mind: Knowing that your kids are in capable hands provides peace of mind, allowing you to concentrate on your tasks without worrying about their well-being.
  • Flexibility: A summer nanny can provide flexible childcare arrangements tailored to your family’s schedule and needs, allowing you to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
    • Note: Unexpected circumstances, such as a nanny falling sick or needing to travel, happen. Recognizing this, Rochester Poppins offers families access to a backup care app. This innovative solution provides peace of mind that in any unforeseen event, quality care is just a few taps away, ensuring families are never left without support. 
  • Quality Time: By entrusting childcare duties to a nanny, you’ll have more quality time to spend with your children when you’re not working, creating cherished memories together.
  • Household Assistance: Some summer nannies may also help with light household chores or meal preparation, further easing your workload and allowing you to focus on enjoying time with your family.

Knowing what you’re up against is good, but being prepared with a game plan is even better. Follow these tips, and you’ll have a solid chance of finding a nanny or sitter to keep your kids happy and safe until back-to-school season.

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How to Hire a Summer Nanny

  • Start Early: During the summer season, there is a high demand for childcare and nannies. It’s important
     to keep in mind that many other families with working parents and school-aged children are also experiencing the same summer childcare dilemma as you. Additionally, the summer season tends to bring about more unpredictable schedules for everyone. As a result, finding a summer nanny or sitter can be quite challenging. Begin your search for a summer nanny months in advance to ensure you have enough time to find the right fit for your family.
  • Define Your Needs: Consider your family’s specific needs, preferences and schedule when selecting a summer nanny.
  • Research & Seek Recommendations: Finding a nanny can entail endless hours of searching, scrolling and messaging. Rochester Poppins, a local nanny agency, takes care of the upfront work and delivers serious candidates and positions only. There is security and safety in having an agency and a well-written Family Nanny Work Agreement on your side.
  • Use a Contract: After you pick the perfect nanny for your family, Rochester Poppins can help you develop a work agreement with your nanny. This contract will include everything you need to ensure a happy placement where both parties feel safe knowing they are on the same page.
  • Know What a Summer Nanny Costs: At Rochester Poppins, we only match experienced and professional Nannies. As a nanny position is a primary job, it is standard in the industry for them to be paid a living wage. Each nanny’s professional rate is agreed upon with respect to their education, experience and job description. Rochester Poppins recommends employing nannies for no less than $18/hour.

A local mom’s experience…

The matching process for the summer nanny was fast and easy – our experience was excellent! I really liked the personal touch with communication, emails and phone calls that Karine provided. I liked her thoughtfulness when thinking about the age of our kids (older) and the right age for the nanny. The first candidate was a great fit for our family. 

Find Better Nannies with a Professional Placement Agency

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Nannies generally have a preference for working through agencies, like Rochester Poppins. The biggest advantage is safety. Agencies act as a mediators, ensuring both parties—the nanny and the family—are verified and safe to interact with. This layer of security is important for nannies, who are often cautious about entering private homes without the reassurance an agency provides.

Moreover, Rochester Poppins is unique in that it does not take a cut from the nannies’ pay. This transparency and fairness mean nannies are compensated fairly for their experience and education, making the agency an attractive option for top-tier professionals. Rochester Poppins nannies are not just any caregivers. They often come from specialized backgrounds, including early childhood education professionals, special education majors, professional tutors, schoolteachers, paraprofessionals, speech pathology majors, ASL experts and those with degrees in art or music. Such diversity in expertise ensures families receive not just care, but enriched, educational and specialized support tailored to their children’s needs.

Choosing Rochester Poppins over navigating corporate nanny agencies or social media groups comes with its own set of benefits. The personal touch of Rochester Poppins mitigates the common issue of “ghosting,” where candidates or families suddenly cease communication without explanation. This prevalent issue in larger platforms can lead to frustration and delays in finding the right match. Rochester Poppins takes on the burden of communication, ensuring families and nannies are consistently updated, engaged and clear on expectations and availability.

How Long Does the Summer Nanny Matching Process Take?

The matching process can take two to ten weeks. How quickly it goes depends on multiple factors, including contract length, family needs, pay, and how quickly interviews can be arranged.


Hiring a summer nanny can genuinely transform your family’s summer experience. It allows you to enjoy quality time together without the stress and overwhelm of managing everything on your own. And if you’re in the Rochester area, Rochester Poppins services can help match you with the perfect caregiver. Here’s to a summer filled with sunshine, laughter and the peace of mind that comes with knowing your kids are in good hands. Click here to learn more. 

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