What’s a Family Assistant?
What’s a family assistant?
A family assistant works on a regular schedule, typically 20-40 plus hours a week. A family assistant role blends childcare and light family-related duties. A family assistant will prioritize childcare and accomplish additional family-oriented tasks as time allows. Responsibilities beyond childcare typically include: light errands, light family laundry, light grocery shopping, light meal prep/cooking, light organization, and basic calendar management.
What are the benefits of working with a family assistant?
In teaming with a family assistant you will gain back precious time! Working with a family assistant is a great option if you need an extra set of hands to accomplish your daily goals.
In particular, a family assistant is well suited for families with school-aged children. A family assistant will arrive mid-morning to ensure the household duties are completed then shift to childcare when school is dismissed. A family assistant is especially helpful for times when your children are out of school for illness, early release, school breaks, and summer. Imagine no longer piecemealing temporary care!
What should I look for when hiring a family assistant?
Starling recommends candidates with a history of long-term job placements and glowing references. Family assistants need to be highly organized and proactive. The ideal candidate will have a natural instinct and a proven track record. A great family assistant will be full-charge, meaning minimal direction is required.
How do I know if becoming a family assistant is right for me?
Family assistants need to be organized, efficient, and consistent. It’s important that you are able to prioritize a task list and execute projects independently. Other qualities that families seek include strong communication skills, proficiency in cooking/meal prep, and a positive mindset. Household positions can be dynamic, so the ideal candidate will be confident in their ability to shift priorities when needed. It is also important to be open to feedback. Excellent communication and flexibility ensure everyone is set up for success.
What advice can you give to a family assistant just starting out?
Family assistant positions are highly sought after. This means you will need a developed resume and strong references in order to secure an interview. Families are looking for a partner to help run their household and will look for individuals who are confident in their skillset. Hone your skills by taking initiative in your current role. Make an effort to look for professional development opportunities through nanny industry resources. Having skills in your back pocket will show potential employers that you are passionate about your profession.
Family assistants and household managers are becoming increasingly popular. Busy families are finding the extra help invaluable. Working with a pro to create a harmonious home environment is a game changer. Contact Starling to help develop a clear vision of your ideal family assistant!
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