Nanny Tips for success with your family
Our Families are very demanding about a Nanny’s manners, tidiness and flexibility. Remember that especially in the first months, you will be observed more carefully as the Family is trying to assess your ability, reliability and and ability to “fit” into the family.
Guideline and Considerations:
This is basic- say hello and goodbye when you come and go through the house, even on your time off. Be conscientious about your table manners. Remember that you must always be a good role model for the children- on or off duty.
No matter how much domestic staff is available, always tidy after yourself in the kitchen after you eat and around the house. This will help you build a good rapport with the domestic help (a great asset) and is simply polite and correct.
This is of utmost importance. This is a reflection of yourself. Remember that you must lead the children by example. This applies even if you are offered a separate apartment or live outside the primary residence– you never know when they may see your quarters!
Keep your hair tidy and clean. Use deodorant. Be conscientious of your breathe-keep breathmints. We don’t recommend chewing gum, smacking gum is not classy. Don’t go barefoot in the house- keep an extra pair of clean “house shoes”-that you use only inside the house, slip on KEDS, slippers- something easy. Keep your nails short and tidy. No crazy punky colored nails. Most of our families are very conservative. Don’t wear heavy perfume or heavy makeup, especially when handling babies.
Wear smart slacks and clean shirt. When in doubt, wear all black or call us we will advise you. Always err on the conservative side. Ask your employer what they prefer you to wear.
In fact we also recommend not to “friend” your employer – do you really want them to see you partying with your friends, drink in hand?!
Above all, be patient. Trust is earned day by day- you are carrying precious cargo and Families must feel absolutely confident that their children are in good hands. Once that confidence is earned, you will become part of the family and be rewarded for your work and dedication.