Choosing the right type of childcare is a significant decision for any family. At The Governess & Co, we understand that each family’s needs are unique, and selecting between a live-in or live-out nanny is a critical part of that process. To help you make an informed decision, we’ve outlined the pros and cons of each option. 

Live-In Nannies 


  1. 24/7 Availability

Live-in nannies offer round-the-clock care, which is invaluable for families with unpredictable schedules or those who require frequent overnight care. 

  1. Emergency Flexibility

In case of emergencies or last-minute changes, a live-in nanny is readily available to step in, providing peace of mind for parents. 

  1. Stronger Bonding

The consistent presence of a live-in nanny can foster a deeper bond with your children, contributing to a stable and nurturing environment.

4. No Commute Issues

With no daily commute, there are fewer chances of delays, ensuring that the nanny is always punctual and reliable. 

  1. Household Assistance

Live-in nannies often contribute to household chores and can assist with managing the household more seamlessly.


  1. Privacy Concerns

Having someone live in your home can feel intrusive and may limit your family’s privacy and personal space. 

  1. Space Requirements

You need to provide adequate living accommodations for a live-in nanny, which might be challenging if you have limited space. 

  1. Cost Implications

While live-in nannies might have lower hourly rates, you’ll need to consider the costs of providing room and board. 

  1. Professional Boundaries

It can be challenging to maintain clear professional boundaries when your nanny is also a housemate. 

Live-Out Nannies 


  1. Privacy and Space

Your family retains privacy, as the nanny does not live in your home, allowing you to maintain your personal space. 

  1. Defined Work Hours

With a live-out nanny, work hours are clearly defined, ensuring that your family time is uninterrupted after hours. 

  1. Flexibility in Living Arrangements

There’s no need to provide additional living space, which is ideal for families who might not have extra room to accommodate a nanny.

4. Professional Boundaries:

Maintaining professional boundaries is more straightforward, as the nanny leaves at the end of their shift. 


  1. Limited Availability

Live-out nannies may not be available for early mornings, late nights, or emergencies, which can be a challenge for families with irregular schedules. 

  1. Commute Issues

The nanny’s punctuality can be affected by their commute, including potential delays due to traffic or public transportation issues. 

  1. Higher Hourly Rates

Live-out nannies may charge higher hourly rates to cover their own living expenses, potentially increasing the family’s childcare costs.

4. Less Immediate Flexibility

In urgent or unexpected situations, it may be more challenging to arrange for the nanny to come in on short notice. 

Making the Right Choice for Your Family 

At The Governess & Co, we recognize that the decision between a live-in and live-out nanny depends on various factors, including your family’s lifestyle, needs, and preferences. Here are a few questions to consider when making your decision: 

  • Do you require round-the-clock care or flexibility in case of emergencies?
  • How much privacy are you comfortable sharing? 
  • Do you have the space to accommodate a live-in nanny? 
  • What are your budget constraints for childcare?

By carefully considering these factors, you can make a more informed decision that best suits your family’s needs. 

Whether you opt for a live-in or live-out nanny, The Governess & Co is here to support you in finding the perfect match for your family. Our experienced and dedicated nannies are committed to providing exceptional care, ensuring your peace of mind. Contact us today to learn more about our nanny services and how we can help you find the ideal childcare solution.