Being a nanny or childminder is very rewarding. Although the hours are often long, the days go by very quickly as every day is varied and there is always lots of fun to be had and errands to do. You become a huge part of the child’s life and can develop a lifelong relationship with the children. Take time to get to know them and become friends with them.
Do everything you can to make sure they have the best day, every day, and you will love going to work.
Working as a nanny can stressful job, as nannies often work on their own, in their employer’s home and they often take on tasks that are outside the job description. Good and open communication with the family is critical. Being able to openly discuss any issues or concerns you have as a nanny will create a better working environment all round.
Try to get into a routine so you work out the best way of getting jobs done without affecting the children’s fun. When babies and toddlers nap in the afternoon, you can plan ahead and prepare the evening’s dinner, so that when they wake you have time to play with them. Before bath time, spend ten minutes tidying the playroom and any other toys around the house.
Research your local area and find out when they have children’s events on so you always have activities. Ask the parents if you are able to put together an art box so you have some supplies for painting and rainy day activities. Here are some activities you can do on a rainy day
Try to factor in time to go out every day, even in pouring rain or snow – fresh air is so important and as long as children are dressed appropriately they won’t mind the weather, in fact, most small children love muddy puddles!
Always put the children first. Although you don’t get a lot of freedom as a nanny, don’t go and sit in a coffee shop. Take a picnic to the park, and meet up with fellow nannies, but don’t meet friends who don’t have children with them- it’s just not professional.
To keep learning and progressing as a nanny, it’s important to keep up to date on paediatric first aid, child nutrition, sleep, breastfeeding, and behavioural issues, to name a few.