Your Nanny’s First Day on the Job

First days tend to be nerve-wracking. While completely eliminating these jitters is probably impossible, a little forethought and some clear communication can do a lot to soothe them. To make your new nanny’s first day on the job a successful one for all involved, use this checklist to ensure that she has the information and tools needed to provide the top-notch care that your children deserve.

Contact Information

There are countless ways to stay in touch. Verify that you and your nanny both have the information needed to connect efficiently. Exchange home, work and cell phone numbers, and note which ones are the best to use. Email addresses can also be useful. In addition, have essential contact information listed for you, your pediatrician and other emergency contacts in an accessible location.

Safety and Health

Before entrusting your children’s welfare to your new nanny, take time to go over any allergies, intolerances or medical conditions. Provide a written explanation of any medications and their dosing requirements, and show her where these items and your first aid kit are kept. Don’t forget to explain how toileting, naps and baths are handled in your household.

Access Matters

What access will your nanny need to perform her nanny duties? House keys are a good start. If she’ll be transporting your children or running errands, car keys will likely be needed. Passes or parental permission may also be required for schools, community centers and play areas. Make sure that the proper arrangements are in place and that your nanny is aware of them. While you’re at it, provide directions detailing how any household mechanical systems, electronics or appliances that she may be required to use work and offer any relevant guidelines.

House Rules

What are your house rules? Your nanny has to know them if she’s expected to follow or enforce them. What level of supervision is expected during your child’s activities? Are there rules for outside play? What about in the car? How much screen time is okay? Do the children have chores? How is homework handled? Are there guidelines for snacks and meals? What about social media participation? Is pet care part of your household’s nanny duties? Is she expected to cook, deal with laundry or do other chores? Determine what your nanny should and shouldn’t do. Consider what she’ll need to accomplish her assigned tasks. Then, discuss your expectations so that everyone is on the same page.

Nanny Daily Schedule

What does your household’s day look like? Knowing what to expect helps your nanny to keep things moving smoothly. Provide a nanny daily schedule that includes the times for school, practices and extracurriculars. Information on the timing of meals, snacks, homework and baths should be listed as well. Initially, it’s also helpful to provide insights into how long it takes to get your child ready or the drive time to important locations. Are there changes to your normal routine? Be sure to call your nanny’s attention to them.

Change can be disconcerting, but having clear expectations and the necessary tools on hand makes a transition easier. At The Help Company, we take pride in pairing clients with the right candidates and providing the support needed for a successful professional relationship. Contact us today to learn more.