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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 with my advice.

Should the nanny be permitted to use the family vehicle for personal errands during the day?

If you are providing use of the family vehicle to the nanny, it is your decision on what it should be used for during work hours. A professional nanny should be able to organize her life enough so she does her personal errands on her own time, without the children. However, perhaps it depends on what she is doing or how frequently it comes up for you to make your decision.

I recommend discussing this with your nanny, and determining the guidelines at the beginning. Agree upon the guidelines and include them in the employment contract before employment begins.

I hope you've found this series to be helpful for anyone with questions on this topic. If you have more questions, please feel free to email me at!

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