Peace of Mind Nannies
More Information for Nannies
Family's Expectations for a Nanny:
Families hire a nanny to provide their children with individual and consistent care that follows the parent's child-rearing philosophies. Being a nanny is demanding and is something that should not be taken lightly. Nannies are expected to have a genuine and heartfelt interest in the well-being of each child and must have qualified skills and education that will help them compose appropriate and quality care.
A Quality Nanny Will:
- Arrive to work prepared, rested, and on time.
- Have primary concern over child's/children's safety, health, and well-being.
- Be reliable and trustworthy.
- Be mature and professional.
- Adapt to take care of children according to the family's wishes and rules.
- Be responsible for scheduling and organizing daily duties, activities without neglecting child/children.
- Read to the children, engage in educational play, provide crafts and other stimulating activities for the child/children.
- Model positive behavior for children, including language and eating habits.
- Have patience.
- Have flexibility in daily schedule for unexpected occurrences.
- Communicate with the family.
- Update daily log with thorough and detailed information about each child's day.
- Handle 8-12 hour working days with small children, possibly without other companionship.
- Complete CPR and First Aid training and remain up-to-date.
A Nanny Will Not:
- Allow daily activities to be consumed by television or use television as a babysitter.
- Conduct personal phone calls, text or email during work hours.
- Smoke, drink alcoholic beverages, consume drugs, or swear while working.
Note: Parents and nanny should agree on what is appropriate to do while child/children are napping or not present.
How To Handle An Emergency:
Do you know what to do if/when an emergency happens? A child could fall at any given time, develop a high fever, trip down the stairs, or choke during a meal. Always keep a close eye on children at all times. It may only take a moment for something to happen.
Many parents and nannies feel they are prepared for emergencies because of 9-1-1, but sadly this is not always enough. A child may need attention before medical services can arrive. AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) offers 10 tips to help parents and caregivers to be prepared should accidents happen.
A family emergency form will be filled out and readily available with phone numbers and information.
It is important to call parent/s to let them know about any accident (big or small). Keep your phone with you at all times in case of an emergency.
A healthy relationship between a family and their nanny is like a marriage. Communication is key!
You may wonder why this work relationship differs from past experiences. The biggest difference is that you are spending an average of 8-12 hours, five days a week in the family's home taking care of their most precious commodity, their children. It is very important to be on the same page. Peace of Mind Nannies has a few suggestions on ways to nurture the parent nanny relationship so it grows strong and remains healthy:
- Communicate with the parents for at least 15 minutes every day to update each other on the children, their schedules, appointments, and supplemental needs. Face-to-face communication is preferred, however it may be supplemented with texts, phone calls, emails, and/or daily logs.
- Do not wait for a problem to start communication. Communicating daily will create a regular opportunity for the family and nanny to ask questions, raise concerns, and talk about the children.
- More communication usually results in fewer problems. Openness and feedback is important. Do not let something little turn into something big. If communication is awkward, Peace of Mind Nannies is here to assist.
The nanny log will document a summary of each day. Peace of Mind Nannies will provide each nanny with a log book. The purpose of this log is to communicate information daily to parents about their children's activities, naps, etc. while parents are away. Please try not to use the log to communicate bad news or personal issues. Problems that occur need to be handled professionally and face-to-face.
Parents may also use this log or have a separate log to communicate information to the nanny. Parents will be encouraged to use a log to remind nanny of appointments, activities, and other pertinent information. Parents may also use a log book to record hours, payroll information, and as an expense tracker, as well. Using logs will make each day clear and enhance understanding between both parties.
Each log should be dated and (at the very least) contain the following information:
- Activities participated in throughout the day.
- Meals and nap times (feeding times and amounts, if necessary)
- Diaper changes (times) and bowel movements, if information is desired
- Medication given, times and dosage.
- Child's/Children's mood and temperament(s).
- Milestones, such as first tooth, sitting up, etc.
- Problems that occurred and how they were resolved. *Face-to-face communication usually is the preferred method for problem-related information.
Note: Logs may differentiate with ages of the children being cared for.
Ways To Get a Great Nanny Position:
Envision your ideal nanny position. What age you want to work with, how many hours, and what duties you feel comfortable with. Know your strengths and limitations. Families who are looking for a nanny/caregiver are often working in a short time frame, and the faster you can verify your experience, education, and other information, the better your chances of getting a great job.
Make sure you download the nanny/caregiver application on our website and complete it as soon as possible. It is good to have your information on the website, so families are able to look and learn about you. Collect a few letters of recommendations from past employers, teachers, and long-time acquaintances. Please try to refrain from using relatives. Make sure you are professional, organized and are prepared. Prepare questions ahead of time that you will ask the family, so you are ready for a detailed interview. Peace of Mind Nanny asks that you stay connected with the agency. If your situation changes, feel free to email or call us at any time with questions or concerns. Keep us updated, as we are here to help you find and stay in the perfect job for you.
Appearance is important and you should be dressed neatly and professionally. Have questions for the family about the position, benefits, duties, etc. Peace of Mind nannies can help with writing a few questions before the interview, if needed. Be comfortable and appropriate. You may be playing on the floor with the children and getting to know the family. Be yourself and let the family know who you really are.