When traveling to Bali with kids, finding a nanny in Bali can be daunting. Having recommendations from other families helps to ease any doubts you may have about finding a nanny to suit your family. We first met Berta, one of our nannies, on our September 2012 Bali trip after I had booked her to help us with Charlotte, who was 23 months at the time.
I often check the Bali travel forum on Tripadvisor for tips before traveling to Bali and came across a post from another Aussie mum who highly recommended Berta. I contacted her via email and worked out days and hours that we would use her help for. She was so lovely and our family quickly felt at ease with her. Charlotte loved her and she is a great swimmer so they spent most of the day in the pool.
We have since used Berta, Debbie, Tati and Kadek to help us with the kids over the last 4 trips to Bali. They are all amazing with the kids and can all swim, have first aid and CPR. The girls have since set up Bali Sitters Studio by themselves which is fantastic and I love helping support local women to do it themselves! All the money goes directly back to the girls and their families rather only receiving a percentage from a sitting service.
How do nannies help us?
We use the nannies to help us in different ways. If we are meeting a nanny for the first time we will book them to come with us for the day. It may be we are relaxing at a villa or hotel and they help with the every day tasks of nappy changes, feeding the kids, swimming with the kids, bathing the kids, all the things that we as parents do day in and day out! We might also head out to the beach, restaurants, waterparks with the kids and they help us to enjoy a hot meal 😉 Once we feel comfortable with them and the kids are happy we will go out for lunch or dinner just the 2 of us. We always exchange phone numbers with the nanny and we have Viber loaded on our phones so once at the restaurants we can connect to the wifi if we haven’t got a data pack on our phone.
Costs and Contacts
The best way to contact Berta is via email firstname.lastname@example.org or you can find all the girls at Balis Sitters Studio on Facebook. Their rates at the time of writing in March 2017 are 60,000 rp/hr for 1 child, 70,000 rp/hour for 2 children and 90,000 rp/hr for 3 children. If you have more than 3 children a second nanny will need to be organised with the girls. A transport fee is 50,000 rp for Seminyak, Kuta, Leigan and Canggu areas and for further out areas like Nusa dua, Uluwatu-Jimbaran, Sanur and Ubud a transport fee of 100,000 rp each day.
I would highly recommend booking a nanny when you visit Bali with kids. It is one of the reasons that we keep going back for our family holidays to Bali as both Jed and I feel like we actually have a holiday. Chasing after Mason all day can get extremely tiring so to have an extra pair of hands is fantastic! They are amazing with his autistic behaviours and best of all we have made wonderful friends through meeting the girls and hearing about their life and family. If you would like to chat to me more about any questions you may have in regards to nannies in Bali feel free to email or message me through Facebook or Instagram.
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