SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — More than forty percent of Californians over the age of four now speak a language other than English at home, and bilingual nannies are in high demand.
“My friend referred me to this family that wanted a bilingual nanny to speak one hundred percent of the time,” a nanny who didn’t want to provide her name said.
According to matching service “Genuine Nannies” parents will pay well above minimum wage for a nanny who can both watch their kids, and teach them a foreign language – ranging from $20 to $35 an hour.
“French, Mandarin, Japanese. Schools are so competitive, and the more diverse your child is the better,” the nanny said.
Patrick Herms has his two year old Xavier learning English, Spanish, and Armenian, and says San Francisco playgrounds are full of bilingual nannies with their kids.
“It’s kind of a win-win. It’s a win for the kids, and for those folks who are looking for nanny gigs who have that second language,” Herms said.