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Mix and match your household chores with a housekeeping nanny

Read more about what moncierges can help with when visiting their families.

Since launching in March 2017, mtime has been a for purpose business with a focus on taking care of parents so that they can better take care of their families. Our Moncierges are the perfect at–home personal assistants - a housekeeping nanny who combines cleaning and childcare tasks into one role; matched with your family.

Today we're sharing how we ensure that your Moncierge can flexibly do a mix of household tasks and childcare in one session.

The skills of a housekeeping nanny

When we hear from prospective clients, we commonly get asked two questions:

  1. What type of household help do I need?
  2. Can your Moncierges REALLY do that many tasks?

We've covered the different types of household help in a previous blog. In this blog post, we'll tell you why you've come to the right place to find a nanny who can really do it all!

Each of our Moncierges is trained as a housekeeping nanny. Internally, we refer to Moncierge task areas as the 4C's: cooking, cleaning, chores and childcare. So that means our Moncierges can do any and all of the following:

  • General cleaning
  • Detailed cleaning
  • Tidying
  • Laundry
  • Meal preparation
  • Cooking
  • Childcare
  • Pick ups and drop offs
  • Grocery shopping and errands
Our Moncierges
Our Moncierge

Mix and match - finding the balance

The reason our Moncierges are able to do such a wide mix of tasks is because they don't do it all at the same time. Instead, they'e able to switch between tasks whenever you need them to... just like you would as a parent.

For example, we do not allow any task to be done at the same time as childcare. If you want to use your session for childcare, your Moncierge will devote their full attention to your children.

So in the typical three hour session, many families will ask their Moncierge to come over at 2pm and do an hour of tidying. At 3pm, their Moncierge may be asked to go and pick up their kids from school, from which point the Moncierge will focus purely on childcare until mum or dad comes home from work. Once mum or dad is home and with the kids, the Moncierge may use the rest of the session to help make dinner.

Other families may want more tasks done, and therefore will ask for a session that is longer than three hours. For example, for a family getting five hours of help per session, the mix of tasks could consist of a one hour tidy, a three hour house clean and one hour of folding and ironing clothing. Generally speaking, the more time you have, the more tasks your Moncierge will be able to do for you.

Families who need help with meal preparation or cooking will be matched with one of our Moncierges who have stated that they are comfortable preparing food in a clients home. However, although all Moncierges undergo our food safety course, they are not trained cooks and cannot do meal planning. For this reason you will need to provide a recipe and ingredients for any meals you would like them to help with.

It should also be noted that many of our Moncierges are not originally from Australia and therefore may need some guidance in initially preparing food. In saying that, so long as you are comfortable guiding for the first few times, our Moncierges are comfortable helping! At mtime, we value diversity and the cultural exchanges that come with it, so it is common for our Moncierges prepare their traditional food for the families they're matched with alongside western meals.

For pick ups, drop offs and any other tasks you need doing that require driving, we'll do our best to match you with a Moncierge who has a car. When that isn't possible we ask our Moncierges to use our company rideshare accounts to travel and charge the cost to your account after the ride is finished (no markups). We find this method works especially well when it comes to pick ups, as the ride can be shared with mum or dad so that they know exactly when the kids have been collected and exactly when everyone is back at home.

Discover the magic of a Moncierge housekeeping nanny

Although the tasks we've listed in this post are the most popular ones, they are by no means the only things your Moncierge housekeeping nanny can do for you! Need help with life admin? Running errands? Or petcare? So long as you're willing to guide and train your Moncierge on what additional tasks you need help with, they will be happy to help!

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