Nanny chores; how much is OK?
Hello everyone, i am so happy I found this forum! You all seem so very nice and caring towards each other, a quality that is not always appreciated enough nowadays.
To my question: I'm 19 years old and have been working as a nanny (mostly during school holidays) or babysitten (pretty much always) since I was 14. I love children so much and taking care of them is a lot of fun to me. We do all kinds of activities, park, museum, playground, crafting, walks, running, everything really.
I went to a job interview the other day for a summer hols nanny job. Now, the task is to work from 8 am to 6 pm and take care of a 4 month old baby girl. I love the little baby girl and I'm very happy to do everything to keep her happy. The parents however expect a bit more. They said they want me to vacuum their whole place, do the dishes and just basically keep the kitchen tidy at all times (meaning washing their dishes), fold all the clothes that are lying around in the house (also parent's clothes). Also, I'd have to dust sweep all surfaces.
In addition, the parents will come home for lunch and expect me to have prepared a meal for them when they get home.
They also want me to of course take care of the baby's belongings, like preparing her milk bottles, keeping her room tidy (which I'm totally fine with).
At first it sounded ok but when i went home and thought about it, i started having doubts. As far as I know, a nanny can be asked to do "light housekeeping" meaning baby related chores. Do you think it is ok for them to ask all these things or might it be too much? Also, something the dad said worries me a bit. He said, I work a lot, and when I get home i really don't want to spend time cleaning. But it needs to be clean and tidy at all times.
I feel like I'm responsible for keeping it clean so he doesn't have to do it, but my top priority is the baby, I thought..
I usually get 15-20 CHF (I live in Switzerland and am Swiss) per hour, but this is without any extra housekeeping. Just preparing food for the kids and taking care of their room. These parents are offering to pay me 18 CHF per hour , and they think this is a fair price when all the cleaning is included. Having been paid 20 CHF before, when no additional housework was supposed to be done, 18 just doesn't seem enough for all this work.
Just as a comparison, my family has a housekeeper who comes once a week and vacuums the floor, cleans the kitchen and dust sweeps all surfaces and she gets 40 CHF per hour.
Do you think the work is too much? And should the pay he higher in that case? What chores do nannies normally do?
Thank you for any feedback.