Starting with a New Nanny Family
Starting with a New Nanny Family?
We Got your Back!
Working in a private family home can be a very challenging experience for first time nannies or caregivers switching to a new position. Families already have a set routine (or sometimes not!) and it may feel overwhelming to find your place in the dynamic. Here are some tips for adjusting to working with a new family:
Ask to do a working trial/shadow days with either their current caregiver or the parents. Ask questions about routine, feeding habits and schedule, daily activities and child preferences- make sure to take notes. This will help you remember key points and let the family know you’re invested.
Ease Into the Routine
Children thrive on routine and will welcome someone new more readily if disruptions are minimized. Ease into the routine and observe whether or not adjustments are needed. If any adjustments are needed, offer constructive (but positive) feedback to the parents during a check-in. Scheduling a check-in with the parents while kids are napping/in school is a great way for all the adults to connect, voice concerns, and work together to find a routine that works for everyone.
Give it Time
It’s okay if it’s hard in the beginning- don’t get discouraged! Transitioning to a new family can be tough, especially gotten used to a routine and are attached to your old nanny kids. It can take weeks/months to form new bonds-this is normal. Keeping an open line of communication between all the grown-ups is crucial. Ask for feedback from the family and don’t get offended when they ask you to switch something up- remember that feedback is meant to help you grow as a caregiver. Keeping a positive attitude and being a reliable caregiver will show both the kids and parents you’re here to stay.
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