I had no idea that we are supposed to be paid even on days that they don't need us; ie. days that the children are sick or the parents have the day off work or they choose to take a vacation for even a full week. I had no idea! But, I was delighted to learn that this is standard. To be a nanny is to have a job, after all, and if it is not at our fault that we are not working, we should be compensated as if we were working the same way that any other employee is compensated for vacation time.
It's fabulous to learn tidbits such as this, but it's also necessary to inform new employers if they are unaware so that you are treated fairly as you know you should. It's a bit awkward and uncomfortable at first, but if they love you and appreciate your services, they'll be sure to compensate you properly in order to keep you around. Nannies are in high demand, and parents are very aware of the difficulty that lies in finding a reliable, compassionate nanny above all to care for their pride and joy.
Below I've shared a couple of links to the concrete rules of nanny etiquette. Feel free to use these as resources when conversing with your employers in regards to being properly compensated, or in regards to any other issue that may have gone unresolved for far too long. It is very possible that they have no idea, so be sure to give them the benefit of the doubt before letting that 'last straw' syndrome take over!
Find a babysitter- Nanny etiquette - do's and dont's