General service info
A confinement nanny is someone who helps a new mother in caring for her newborn baby in order to ease her transition process from a pregnant woman to a new mother.
Confinement nanny services offer employed nannies to accompany new mothers at home and take up responsibilities like cooking, cleaning and feeding the baby, and general assistance. This is done to ensure that the new mother can ease into motherhood without any stress and the service essentially supports them through the postpartum period.
There are many benefits to hiring a confinement nanny service, whether it's your first time as a mother or your second time, as the service is provided only to help and ease the life of a mother in Singapore.
Is a confinement nanny required?
If you are a new mother, expecting your first child, then it is quite essential and necessary that you hire a confinement nanny service.
Even if you are expecting your second child, mothers and families are urged to opt for a confinement nanny servicing agency as it is difficult and strenuous to juggle between the first child and a newborn baby. Furthermore, if you want to enjoy a smooth, enjoyable and worry-free confinement period, a confinement nanny service will support you through this period.
Do confinement nannies go through regular medical checkups?
The Ministry of Manpower in Singapore has published that a medical examination is optional for a Confinement Nanny. However, a well-advised employer will send her for a medical check-up as the Confinement Nanny will by physically coming in contact with your newborn child.
When is the best time to hire or opt for a nanny?
There has been an increasing demand for confinement nannies over the years, so it is advisable to do enough research and select a suitable nanny for your family and child. You may have to book a nanny in advance from some popular confinement agencies, as they have a lot of bookings.
Why do some agencies offer lower prices for their confinement nanny services than the market rate?
Some agencies may not invest sufficiently for adequate and proper baby handling training system, and the services that they provide to their customers may not be consistent in the standard. There are also many unlicensed agencies who are operating illegally; it is important to thoroughly research before choosing an agency.
Is it legal to employ a foreign confinement nanny without a work permit?
On 5th July 2002, the new Singapore government regulations were imposed and they state that all employers who employ confinement nannies from Malaysia, regardless of whether they are friends or relatives, paid or unpaid, are required to apply for a work permit from the government.
Offenders who are found to breach this rule will face penalties for the employment of foreign workers without work permits. It is essential that you refer to the MOM confinement licensing service website for more information.
Why do i find confinement nannies who are willing to work even without a work permit
The chances of a full-time qualified nanny who risks her career to work without a permit are very low to slim. There are, however, nannies who take the risk of getting caught and punished to work without a work permit. These confinement nannies usually do not financially commit and they do so just to pass the time. They are usually not very flexible and they are not as experienced as full-time nannies from trusted agencies or nannies with a work permit.
How much does it usually cost to hire and employ a confinement Nanny?
The cost of employing a confinement nanny depends upon your personal preference and the additional services that you require from your nanny. Generally, Malaysian nannies charge between SGD2,500 to SGD3,000, and Singaporean Nannies charge between SGD3,000 to SGD3,500. However, the range and cost of confinement nanny services differ from agency to agency.