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A Q&A about nannies driving with Martha Scully

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Full-time nannies care for children all day, every day. You don't expect them to sit around at home all day, but maybe everything they need isn't within walking distance. Little Mary has soccer practice 3 days a week, and Steven has piano lessons 1 day a week. Not to mention the errands some families ask their nannies to do for them.

Over the next few weeks, I'll be posting some of the questions I've received through CanadianNanny.ca with my advice.

Should the family allow the nanny to drive the family vehicle?

It is very common for the family to allow the nanny the use of their vehicle for transporting the children; some families even have a separate car just for the nanny. I do recommend, however, that you speak to your insurance agent to ensure you have enough coverage for an additional driver.

All expenses related to this vehicle are the responsibility of the family to cover, including gas. Determine ahead of time if the nanny will only be able to use this for work-related purposes, or if she can use it for personal use on her time-off as well (usually only applicable in live-in situations). If used for personal use by the nanny, the expenses should be shared between the family and the nanny accordingly.

Check back for future posts around nannies and travel/transportation compensation!

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