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Having a nanny can be a very rewarding experience for both you and your children, and choosing the right one to fit in with your family is very important.
You will need someone you can rely on to cope with any situation so for your first nanny, someone with experience is the best option. They may require a larger salary than someone with little or no experience but it will be worth the investment since they should be able to work autonomously.
With good communication all your worries about letting someone new look after your child will disappear.
It’s a good idea to have a certain time each week or fortnight where you and your nanny can talk in private. Being in a relaxed atmosphere always helps. Discuss what your child has been doing and good nannies will love telling you what funny things your child has said and done, the progress they have made and any worries they have. This will also give you the opportunity to catch up on the things you have missed whilst being at work.
Raise any issues or things that have been bothering you, and try to convey this in a positive way and avoid heavy criticism.
Always thank your nanny for doing the little things, like taking out the bins, putting the bottles in the bottle bank, or tidying the child’s bedroom after a very messy weekend, as it makes them feel appreciated and they are more likely to keep on doing a good job. If your nanny has helped with a child’s party or worked extra hard it is always nice to give them a small bonus just to say thank you.
It is a good idea to leave your nanny a list of emergency phone numbers and addresses, even if you’re in the house most of the day. This list should include:
It is also a good idea to write down:
The nanny’s first day
It is best if you can stay with your nanny for the first day or part of the day, this way the child can become used to them while you are around.
Try not to:
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