Why it's Great to Be a Boston Nanny
10 reasons Boston is #4 on Care.com's list of the Best Places to Be a Nanny.
Boston is known for being a college town, but it's also a nanny town! It has lots of great qualities that make caregivers flock to this New England city.
"Boston is a lively and cultural city that offers endless options for entertainment, education and professional advancement," says Tatiane Oliveira, aka Nanny Thaty, who has been a nanny since 2003.
Janice St. Clair, a 22-year nanny veteran and winner of the 2013 SPARK Award for Nanny Excellence, agrees, saying that Boston appeals to different kinds of caregivers: "It's a melting pot of all types of nannies, foreign and domestic, young and vintage, experienced and novice, career and temporary."
Here some of the reasons Beantown nabbed our #4 spot.
Numerous Job Opportunities
"Hiring a nanny is a common child care choice in the area," says St. Clair. And because it is so customary, there are many openings for caregivers.
Sarah Washburn, former nanny and founder of the Washburn Agency, concurs: "There are a lot of great families in Boston who employ nannies."
Third Highest Pay Rate in the Country
At an average of $14.70 per hour, Boston nannies also luck out with the third highest U.S. wage.
That figure can rise steeply for professional nannies, as families in this area also have some of the highest incomes.
However, the city's high cost of living can be a bit hard for budget-conscious child care providers. Luckily, there are many affordable suburbs nearby.
"The wages and benefits nannies can receive in the Boston area are competitive," shares Washburn.
One of those benefits is being paid legally. Many families in the area pay employment taxes for nannies, giving their employees access to important long-term assistance like Social Security.
Families in the area also respect their nannies.
"Boston is a great city for nannies because employers recognize them as people who are doing this because it's their chosen profession, not a stopgap," says Jennileen Joseph, a 15-year career nanny.
Easy to Get Around
Boston's MBTA (or T) is the fourth best public transportation system in the country, making it simple to navigate -- whether you're heading to work, getting together with friends or doing activities with kids.
"You can explore the city through our awesome public transportation system, biking around or driving to the burbs for more of the nature feel," says Oliveira. "Plus, winter in Massachusetts can be quite long, and we are lucky to have reliable public transit. It's easy to hop on the T with kids," says Oliveira.
And you can also use your feet! "Boston is a great walking city," shares Marcie Swartz, who has been a nanny for 10 years.
Boston is the safest city in the country for families with young children, making it a great place to care for kids.
Dynamic Nanny Support System
"The nanny community here is very active, from nanny dinners to play groups to book groups to mediation services," says Joseph. "Nannies want to invest in the industry here because they intend to stick around for the long haul. You definitely feel you have a support system here!"
There are two prominent nanny groups in Boston. The Massachusetts Alliance of Professional Nannies (Joseph is the former co-director) schedules frequent outings and classes, and the Boston Area Nanny Support Group (founded by St. Clair) sends out an informative e-newsletter twice a month .
Boston holds the fifth-place spots for both the most kid-friendly museums and the best parks in the country.
"There is so much to do, from museums, to aquariums, to university campus, to libraries, to parks, to lakes and beaches, to historical sites and landmarks," shares Oliveira. "I have been here for over 10 years and I can't say I have explored it all!"
"During the summer, the children and I head to the beach, ponds, pools, lakes and sprinkler parks," she continues. "And we also have a bunch of indoor playgrounds during the winter months, which I believe every nanny -- and parent -- thinks is a blessing."
You can also check out the popular Boston Children's Museum, New England Aquarium, Castle Island, USS Constitution Museum; or head to parks like the Esplanade, Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park and Boston Common/the Public Garden (with the very important stop at the Make Way for Ducklings statues).
Additional Learning Opportunities
As Boston has so many colleges and universities, there are lots of students who explore nannying as a career or part-time job.
Nannies can also take advantage of all those schools to further their own educations.
"It's so great as an adult to keep learning through local resources, like the Cambridge Center for Adult Education," says Joseph.
"Boston is so diverse!" says Oliveira. "I have friends from all over the world and you end up learning so much about other cultures and customs."
"Plus, the Vietnamese food here is amazing," shares Joseph.
Why do you think Boston is a great place to be a nanny? Let us know in the comments section below.
Tiffany Smith is an associate editor here at Care.com. She has written for All You, Time for Kids and the Boston Globe. And as a former babysitter, she knows a lot about fun games to play with kids. Getting them to eat their veggies -- that’s a different story!
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