Getting Your Nanny Started
So you have just found yourself a nanny maybe through an agency, on-line job listing service or a friend. Great news! It is such a relief to finally get the help you need in the home.
To ensure a home runs smoothly, there is a little more work to do! Every nanny, no matter how many years of experience – needs “training”.
Here are some guidelines to help you:
1) Create an employment handbook agreement between you and your nanny stipulating every detail of your job offer so that everyone is clear as it relates to: Job Description, Payment Terms, Payroll, Benefits, Schedules, Travel Requirements, Insurance, Notice, Termination, and Severance.
2) Create a list of duties and important to you as it relates to the children using these categories: Nourishment, Play Dates, Outdoor Activities, Indoor Activities, Educational Activities, Sleep & Nap Time, Bathing, Discipline, Household Chores, Schedules, Driving, Home Safety, Child Safety, Dos & Don’ts, Communication Protocol, and Emergency Procedures.
3) Review this manual carefully with your nanny. This may require several hours of your time, but it is well worth it.
4) Have a weekly review session until your nanny is completely acclimated and you are comfortable that she knows exactly what to do and what is expected of her.
5) Update this manual monthly as this is a “work in progress” and as issues come up, there will be adjustments.
6) Maintain a very close and open line of communication with your nanny at all times as it relates to: your children, the home, issues that need to be addressed, changes to the manual and any other concerns that may come up.
There are no guarantees that you have selected the right nanny for the job, but surely proper training with implementation of a household manual to serve as a guide, there is a good chance that things will go well!