4 Things to consider when employing a nanny
As Nannytax has been servicing the nanny industry for over 25 years, we understand how stressful it can be finding and interviewing the right nanny. As part of our new Ask-the-Expert series, we invited childcare consultant and founding director of The Natalie Rose Nanny Agency, Natalie Rose, to write some expert tips to consider before you interview the perfect nanny for your family. We are confident Natalie’s many years of experience with families and nannies will give you clarity in the process of finding the right fit for your family.
Before you move on to interviewing nannies, be sure to read Natalie’s expert tips below!
Starting the Journey
When I speak to my clients and friends who have children that are starting their nanny search I encourage them to sit down with their partners and think about these four important things:
1. What type of personality will work best for you and your child/children?
This is an important question to ask as this person’s energy and personality will affect not only your children’s behaviour, it will also affect you and your family’s mood and dynamic.
For example, you may have had a busy day in the office and when you come home your nanny may be energetic and upbeat whilst the children are eating. This may be helpful and make you feel that your children are having fun, are engaged and this encourages you to join in and play with them before bed.
Alternatively, you may feel that at meal times you want to come home to a calm environment, where you can wind down with your children, enjoy quiet time and cuddles before the bedtime rituals begin. Each engagement is lovely so what you need to decide is which scenario/personality works for you and your family.
Finding somebody that fits into your family dynamic is key and worth investing the time to think about.
2.What are your families values?
How do you want your children to behave and what things are important to you? Manners? Learning how to play independently? Not talking over another person? Understanding the boundaries and the house rules? The list is endless.
However, once you know the things that will not be compromised on and the value system that is important to you and your family, it becomes easy to explain to your nanny how you expect your children to be raised and behave. Also, it allows you to have a clear idea of the values system you would like your new nanny to personally have. It will give you peace of mind and reassure you that the person who is caring for your children will be teaching them the things that align to your value system.
3. What duties to expect my nanny to do?
This is really something that is helpful to write in list of priority. What needs are most important and what things can be compromised on?
Some nannies will perform nursery duties only, i.e. tidy children’s areas, iron the children’s clothes, deal with all things child related. Whereas, some nannies will perform light house cleaning if asked. The key in deciding what duties you should ask your nanny to complete on a daily/weekly basis, is to be realistic.
Is it realistic that the nanny whilst looking after two toddlers and a baby can complete all the weekly ironing, run errands, batch cook and wash the all the laundry? Decide what you expect to happen in a day.
Evaluate this when interviewing your nanny and discuss this in detail with them. A career nanny will know how a typical day runs as it is their job to do so, so allow them to guide you on this.
4. How do I like my home to be run?
This sounds like a strange thing to think about, but I feel it is one of the most important.
When someone is in your home regardless of whether you are there together or not, they are using your amenities, they are eating at your table and they are using your kitchen. The nanny in your home must know how you like things to be kept. For example, I always ask my clients what it is that their partner does that annoys them in the home. They turn the dishwasher on half empty. They don’t take out the bins when full. They leave their coats on the stairs and don’t put them away. If these things annoy and frustrate you when your family does it, they will be magnified when a relative stranger does them in your home.
You must tell your nanny how you like your house to be run. Even those things that you think are obvious, may not be to another person! It’s important to get these things out in the open from the offset, that way, you can ensure a long and lasting relationship with your nanny, letting you concentrate on the important things in life.
Natalie Says: Your Fears are Valid
Hiring a nanny can be quite stressful for many reasons. One, you may be a first-time parent and the thought of your child being left with someone else is hard to imagine. Two, you may think, how will you find someone who can bond with your child but also fit with your family’s individual dynamic? These are valid thoughts and fears. By sitting down and voicing these concerns in a constructive way, it can give you a better idea of what your need is.
Director, Natalie Rose Nanny Agency
Natalie has over 15 years of experience as a Nanny both here in the UK, and overseas. She’s worked with children of all ages (including 5 sets of twins!). She says becoming a nanny was ‘the greatest decision of my life’. The Natalie Rose Nanny Agency was started to bring a much needed personal service for the delicate and personal task of finding the perfect nanny. Book a home visit with Natalie at: www.thenatalierosenannyagency.com