Nannies are being used to fill in for parents at important events such as parent teacher interviews and even canteen duty.

The Herald Sun reports the Australian Nanny Association has said that with the rise in two-parent working families many are turning to nannies to fill in the jobs traditionally filled by the mother, like attending school meetings, homework supervision, packing lunches, ferrying kids to sport and music classes and also doctor’s appointments.

Melbourne nanny Alice Vandersteen told The Herald Sun “I do know of nannies that have done the parent interviews at schools,” she said.

“The one I went to was a ten minute update of how the child is going, how they are fitting in and general behaviour, which I relayed to the family.”

However Victoria Principals Association president Gabrielle Leigh told the newspaper that she didn’t think it was appropriate and was “horrified” by the idea.

One nanny has even replaced a mum for canteen duty at the child’s school.

“Most of the time the parents want to go to the meetings but sometimes they just can’t, it might be that their workplace isn’t flexible, they have to work late or they commute,” said ANA president Annemarie Sansom.

“When they send a nanny they are usually trusted and part of the family, and they come back and give them all the information.”

Trinity Grammar deputy headmaster Rohan Brown said he was not aware of nannies filling in for parents, but in rare examples tutors and personal assistants had joined in the meeting.

“We have noticed a rise in the number of our families who do have nannies, and bring the boys to school and collect them, the parents find that very beneficial,” he said.

“The confidentiality makes it essential that parents are able to be there rather than someone standing in.”

Could you leave some of these important jobs for a nanny?

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  • I don’t know anyone who has or had a nanny


  • yeah i think that you do need to be there with your kids. you will never get that time back


  • I think it is a shame – buy a smaller home, second hand car, and be there with your kids!


  • Oh goodness, this is taking delegation to a different level. Helicopter parenting at its finest.


  • I think having a nanny attend a meeting or do canteen duty is better than no one doing it because they don’t have the time.


  • Why do people have children if they can’t even attend a Parent/teacher meeting. I don’t have an issue with Nannies helping in the School canteen, otherwise the canteen might not cope if they are especially busy that day.


  • No – I would not allow someone else to do any of those personal and important jobs.


  • Wow I hadn’t realised this was actually happening!


  • I wouldn’t leave such a job to a nanny. I want to take care of my daughter myself.


  • I couldn’t but each to their own. It’s hard enough with hubby working full time I couldn’t imagine hoe hard it would be if we both were.


  • I know parents that do this, and it works beautifully for them. Having said that, their nannies are treated and respected like a member of the family. I think it depends a lot on the relationship you have with your nanny.


  • Lke ks


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