Bonjour à tous.
I have begun searching for resources to answer some of these general questions about hiring a French-speaking nanny, but I felt that getting personal (even anecdotal) input from those of you in this particular community would be more precise.
We are a French/American family in Park Slope Brooklyn with a bilingual 3-yr-old daughter who currently goes to preschool full time. We are looking into the possibility of hiring a French nanny this fall, depending on our situation. If our (then) 4-yr-old gets in to a Pre-K program, we would need someone to pick her up in the afternoon and keep her until we get home at around 6pm.
Additionally, we hope to add another child to the family by the end of the year. If that happens, then the position would become full-time once the infant was a few months old.
My questions are these:
- Are there nannies who accept part-time jobs (from 2:30 to 6:30pm or so)? If so, what would the going rate be, give or take?
- For the more full-time situation, are there French nannies who don't live in?
- We would love to host an au pair, but our space would not currently permit this. Does anyone know a ballpark figure of salaries for this type of arrangement?
- And finally, what is the legal procedure for hiring a nanny? Would we become employers in the sense where we would be responsible for collecting or managing points such as employment tax, social security, etc.? I understand we would need to report salaries to the IRS; is this correct?
Many thanks for your answers! We just moved here from France and, although I am originally American, I feel like a foreigner when it comes to the systems surrounding child care and education in New York.