This is the final blog post on employing a nanny. We have previously covered how to interview your nanny and also all the legal requirements you need to know about becoming an employer (if you have missed both blogs follow these links to get informed! https://www.dreamsnannies.co.uk/Blog.aspx )

The worst part is over and now all you need to do is to follow the guidelines below to ensure the day your nanny starts working everything goes according to plan. Check our basic tips below!

  • Agree the days and hours that they are required to work from the start: This might sound simple however a lot of families and nannies are vague about babysitting hours or flexible finishing time. Ensure your babysitter is fully aware of what you need and is in agreement of it. Of course ensure this information is in your contract!
  • A contract should be signed clarifying duties/ holidays /extra cash for babysitting/sickness pay/notice period: We keep insisting on this point because it is one of the most important things you will need to do to ensure there are no later confusions.
  • Agree the methods of discipline they will use: What do you do when your child has a tantrum? Or when he is pushing your boundaries? Your nanny has to feel confident in disciplining your little one if necessary. Be clear in your methods and also consider her advice. After all, she is a professional
  • Agree who will pay for any transportation costs and the frequency of payment: Again this information should be in the contract and clarifying it in advance will save uncomfortable situations in the future!
  • Agree whether your nanny is allowed to use the telephone and who will pay for their personal calls: No need to go into detail with this one. This is entirely your choice, and your nanny needs to know what she can do and not do in your house. Your point of view on this might be different depending on whether your nanny lives in your home or not.
  • Agree who is responsible for exercising any pets: Your nanny is there to look after your children. She might love your dog, but she might not like taking him for walks if it’s not specified in her job description from the beginning.
  • Explain everything relating to locks, alarms and household appliances: Your home is entirely foreign to your new nanny. Explain to her where things are and, above all, go over the stuff that relates to health and safety. Alarms, locks and complex appliances are a must.
  • Make sure your nanny is aware of any allergies within the family: This includes all family members but especially your little ones. She will be preparing food for them and handling food in your home. Don’t risk it
  • Ensure that your nanny has all of your important contact numbers and details at hand, including:
    • Mobile and work telephone numbers for both parents
    • Addresses and contact details of your doctor, dentist and health visitor
    • Location of your nearest hospital with an accident and emergency department
    • Name, address and contact details of your child’s school and the name of their teacher
    • Location and contact details of your local police station
    • Show your nanny where the First Aid box is kept: Ensure that they know what to do in the event of an emergency. If they do not have a first aid certificate, register them on a course as soon as possible.
    • Introduce your nanny to other nannies in your area: She is going to spend most of her time alone with your child. It will really benefit her to know some other nannies in your area that can advise her on activities, locations and with whom she can also talk about her experiences as a nanny.
    • Explain the budget available for your child’s expenses: Give her a budget and explain to her what you expect her to buy for your little one. Ask your nanny to provide you with receipts when purchases are made.
    • Give your nanny as much notice as possible if you are going to be home late: Nannies know that sometimes parents arrive home late from work, however making her feel valued and appreciating her flexibility will help a lot. She might have plans after work as well, so it’s important you let her know if you are going to be late.
    • Supply your nanny with a written copy of your child’s daily routine: She will be delighted to know what routine your little one is used to and it will help your child and yourself as much as her.
    • Ensure your nanny knows about what your child eats: What are your child’s preferred meals and snacks? What are your preferences regarding food and cooking methods
    • Pay your nanny on time: We believe this point to be self-explanatory yet employers still get delayed with payments. Make sure she can pay her bills on time by ensuring her salary is in her bank account on time!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              If you need any help with your nanny or you have any queries, don’t hesitate to call us on 02078339388. After 20 years placing nannies and working with different families we have learnt these tips will help you succeed. Getting used to a new nanny, or to your first nanny, can be challenging but we are positive the experience can be a real pleasure when you think ahead.