Can I choose my own match family or small group?
Yes! You are welcome to match with a family or small group of families that you know. Let us know who would be comfortable “hosting” the children (or if you would like to share hosting responsibilities).
What types of items are included in the home setup?
You can expect the home setup and materials to be customized to your child’s age, as well as the layout and needs of your home. For instance, if you have a toddler, you might receive a step-stool to help him/her wash their hands independently. An infant setup may include a mat and a mobile to facilitate tummy time. We will also include Montessori materials similar to what you might see in one of our classrooms.
What will my caregiver’s training look like?
All Guidepost at Home nannies and guides go through a several week training where they will learn about the Montessori methodology, our early childhood curriculum, and how to engage with children in the home and meet their developmental needs. They will have the opportunity for ongoing training, and even the option of becoming a certified Montessori educator. All guides and nannies are experienced caregivers, are carefully vetted, and go through several rounds of interviews before being hired.
How much does the service cost?
Monthly rates will vary by region, but you can expect to pay roughly the market rate of what you would pay a nanny hourly, translated into a monthly payment. There will be a slight increase in price for each additional child added (and then the full amount will be split between the families).
Do I pay my nanny directly, or do I pay Guidepost?
You will pay Guidepost at Home, and we will employ and pay your nanny. Your nanny will receive medical benefits, paid time off, and market-rate hourly pay including overtime. This way, you will not need to worry about tax deductions, background checks, or any ongoing payments directly to your nanny. There will be an upfront fee for materials and the vetting process, and then a monthly fee which will translate to the cost of the nanny or guide’s rate.
What is the difference between a nanny and a guide?
Typically (but not always) nannies work with children ages 0-3, and guides work with toddlers and pre-schoolers. We generally advise not more than two infants or young toddlers to be in a share, where a small group learning pod can consist of up to five toddlers and pre-schoolers (depending on state regulations). While the Montessori curriculum is facilitated with both groups, the older toddler and pre-school curriculum may include a small degree of virtual learning, and will look most like what you would see in one of our Guidepost schools.
What if the caregiver calls out sick? Do you provide backup care?
We will do our very best to provide a backup nanny or caregiver in the instance that your nanny is sick or is on vacation, though this is not always possible. We will help you to create your own customized back-up plan, so that if an absence does happen, you will be prepared. We encourage you to give your Guide plenty of notice for your planned family vacations, so he/she may use those days as paid time off. In addition to your nanny/guide’s paid time off, Guidepost at Home does not offer care on the following holidays: In addition, there are 11 national holidays on which we do not offer care – New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day.