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Frequently Asked Questions


What duties are typical for a nanny?

The number one priority is the children. Nannies want to focus their attention on providing the highest level of care for the children.  Sweet Peas nannies are prepared to any child related household tasks. Common nanny job descriptions include emptying the dishwasher, cleaning up after meals, tidying play areas and bedrooms, and children’s laundry. Any and all expectations should be clearly communicated and included in the employment agreement to avoid any misunderstandings.

How much are nannies paid in Knoxville?

The market for a professional nanny is competitive.  Currently in the Knoxville area we are recommending an hourly rate of no less than $15.00/hr- $22.00/hr (gross hourly rate) depending on qualifications, work history, and expectations of the job. The hourly rate is also influenced by the schedule, number of children and other expectations. In order to attract the best candidates, Sweet Peas suggests that families offer guaranteed hours and paid time off.

Do nannies receive benefits?

In addition to competitive wages, most professional nannies receive benefits including paid vacation, paid holidays and personal days. As in other professional positions, an annual review is suggested. At this time, pay may be increased, and additional benefits can be considered as retention strategies.

Will the nanny provide transportation for my children?

Yes, most nannies are willing to drive children to and from school, activities, and other appointments. This should be agreed to before employment begins. Compensation for gas should be reimbursed at the current IRS Mileage Rate. DMV checks are done on all nannies to ensure that they have a safe driving record.

Will the nanny travel with our family?

Many nannies are willing to travel. This time would be considered working time and would be compensated at agreed upon rates, in addition to covering their travel expenses.