How to Take Your Nanny on Vacation
Have you thought about taking your nanny on vacation with you? Asking your nanny to go with you on vacation will not only help minimize the challenges of traveling with children, but will also allow for parents to have quality time during the trip. With careful planning and awareness, you can make it a great vacation for both your family and your nanny.
Here are some practical tips for including your nanny on vacation:
- Understand this is a work trip, not a vacation for her: Nannies sometimes travel to beautiful locations and enjoy perks when traveling with their employers. To the nanny, this is a great experience, however it is still work. Just as when she is working in your home, her time and energy are still focused on helping the family manage the day-to-day schedule and tasks.
- Make sure she is prepared to travel: If you’re traveling internationally, make sure her passport and vaccinations are arranged in time.
- Itinerary and daily schedule: Your nanny needs to be aware of the schedule each day. This will help her keep the kids on their sleeping/eating routine, prep daily supplies, and of course, help keep her on track.
- Communicate: It’s essential that you keep each other in the loop about changes in the children’s health or behavior. Check-in often!
- Provide her with the basics: As when in the home, your nanny needs proper tools and supplies to be successful. Make sure she has the necessary items to make the best of each day. Always make sure she has been provided with the children’s medications, snacks, toys, diaper bag, etc.
- Give her a break: We all need downtime! Your nanny is probably not used to working around the clock and she deserves a break. This will help her rest, communicate with friends and family back home, and recharge for the next day.
- Find lodging that gives her privacy: Often when families travel together they share bedrooms or sleep in common areas. Remember, although you may be “like family”, she shouldn’t be expected to share a room. Giving her a private room is essential in maintaining professional boundaries.
- Compensate for any extra help your nanny provides: A nanny’s schedule and typical responsibilities are often extended during travel times. She may be working outside of her everyday responsibilities, therefore she should be compensated accordingly. Not only should she be compensated for all hours she works, but providing her with a daily travel stipend or an end-of-trip thank you bonus, are great ways to let her know you appreciate her extra effort.