Like any new job, the first few days of a nanny job are always a bit intimidating as you find your feet. As well as getting to know a young child or children, you will also have to get your bearings in a new nanny environment. Here’s a list of basic practical pointers that should ease the process of starting a nanny job:
- Make a list of useful telephone numbers in case of emergencies including your next of kin should anything happen to you.
- Ask for a set of keys and find out if there are any spare keys hidden away somewhere.
- Be sure to have your exact nanny duties, including domestic chores, clearly outlined.
- Locate the fuse box, first aid kit and stopcock.
- Learn how household appliances work.
- Find your way around the house and explore the immediate area around the house.
- Take note of all house rules and stick to them firmly. Observe and respect religious and cultural practices.
- Be fully informed of a child’s special dietary needs, allergies or conditions and where appropriate medication is kept.
- Establish pay day and your day off – then you’ve got something to look forward to!
Getting to know the children is much harder than learning the whereabouts of a switch and will require patience all round. Smiling and making eye contact with young children will reassure them and break the ice. Parents or previous nannies should explain the child’s routines and it’s best to stick to it (adaptations can be made later after the settling in period) and make it fun with songs, rhymes and games.
A log book or nanny diary is a great way to show the parents a break-down of their children’s day. By including what they’ve eaten, drunk, how much they’ve slept, details of nanny changes/toilet training, learning activities, mishaps and medication, your employers will be in touch with their child’s development and reassured by your attention to detail.