Nanny’s First Day

It’s your nanny’s first day on the job; how can you ensure that things will run smoothly?

Just as with any job, your new nanny will need a few days of “orientation” in order to acclimate to her new position with your family. Ideally, she would be able to shadow you for a day and watch you perform the duties she will be responsible for going forward, but I realize it is not realistic for everyone to be able to take time off of work. Either way, taking a few hours to introduce the new nanny to the way you expect them to run your household will be mutually beneficial and help set the stage for a healthy working relationship and an open line of communication.

So what exactly do I need to show my nanny when they first start?

 First day orientation and job training may sound similar, but the concepts are actually quite different. When hiring your nanny, you should know what type of training they have previously had and, unless you have discussed this before, it shouldn’t be your responsibility to train them on childcare. It is, however, your responsibility to inform them about practices specific to working for you. For example, if you like your laundry washed and folded a certain way, you should give your new nanny detailed instructions about how this should be done, and where to put everything away. The same goes for any duties related to childcare. If, for instance, your child likes apples, but only when they have been skinned and cut into thin slices, make sure your nanny knows how to prepare snacks so that your child will want to eat them. In order for you to be happy with the work your nanny is doing, and in order for her to feel confident that she is meeting your needs as an employee, these needs must be clearly communicated from day one.

We suggest your nanny be able to shadow you for a day, just so you can show her exactly what the routine you want to be followed looks like. If shadowing isn’t an option, then making a list of daily activities and running through your preferences and expectations for each of them will suffice. Basically, you want to run through the tasks and responsibilities that your nanny will have to handle on a daily basis, giving her enough details that she will be able to anticipate what your needs are when she is making decisions. Remember, if you aren’t clear about what you want, you can’t expect your new nanny to be clear about it either. Don’t be afraid to give too many details, either. However, you should be aware of information overload, so make sure to write the really important things down, or suggest your nanny take notes on things like schedules, eating habits, etc.

If you’re interested in more information about our services as they relate to your nanny, check out our nanny consulting page or contact us today.

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