(Closed) Preschool Teacher Vs. Nannying

posted 7 years ago in Career
  • poll: Preschool or Nanny?
    Stay at the Preschool : (3 votes)
    43 %
    Ditch it, Nanny instead : (4 votes)
    57 %
    Other, please explain : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    3176 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    As someone who worked at a daycare for 2+ years I hear ya. It was hellish, I hated it and wanted out from the moment I started. I worked with all the age groups, even moving up your going to have a lot of the same problems. If I were you I’d weigh out all your pros and cons. One of the girls I worked with was a nanny before coming to the daycare and she hated it. I can’t speak from personal experience on that though.

    Also, I know at my daycare if you left and took a family with you, you could be sued. Since you are basically in a position that allowed you to “steal” paying customers…just something to think about.

    Post # 4
    6009 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    @stbMohror:  I don’t know about your particular situation, but I will advise you to push for them to pay taxes, if you decide to take the nannying position.  If they don’t (well, first off it’s not legal) and secondly, you’ll be hit hard at tax filing time.  My sister nannied for a couple years making about $15/hour, about 30 hour weeks, and she owed 15k in taxes at the end of one year.  Not to mention that if they are paying you “under the table” so to speak, you (and they) can be fined a pretty big chunk of change for working/employing illegally.  It’s just not a good situation, for you or for them.

    Post # 5
    545 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I have worked at both. I worked in the 3/4 year old room of a daycare for a year. And I’m now working as a nanny. I personally prefer the nanny job. It’s just one set of parents I have to make happy instead of 10 or 12, I get to know the kids really well. There are some downfalls, like you won’t have co-workers (though this could be a bonus as well, it just depends). But you are just going to really weigh the benefits of both and decide, that’s what I did.

    Post # 6
    4546 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I’ve done both. And really I didn’t love either of them but for different reasons. Nannying was fun at first, but JUST as exhausting as preschool…maybe more so. There’s a dynamic with the family that makes it a bit more exhausting. And I did miss adult interaction. Teaching preschool was exhausting but I had benefits and my taxes were paid. As a nanny I paid my own benefits and paid a TON in back taxes! Trust me, not taking out taxes is NOT a good thing. Also, if you’re planning on buying a house/car in the future, it’s moew complicated to get a loan using a job that doesn’t give you a W-2 (aka doesn’t take out taxes). And as another person said, if they’re not taking out taxes that’s illegal.

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