Finding the right type of childcare can be a hard decision for any family. We are pleased to share our newest guest posts by Rebecca from BabysitterSearch.com.au! Today’s post is for those looking to perhaps hire a Nanny. I know when Addi was little and I needed to start working on the business a bit more, hubby and I hired a nanny. Some of these tips would have been great to make the transition smooth and easier for everyone! In the end, Addi loved her Nanny and she was well taken care of! Good luck in this new chapter for you! ~Janell
Preparing your child for a new Nanny
Are you looking for hire a new nanny or babysitter for your child to return to work? If your child isn’t used to other carers, the process can sometimes create anxiety within the family but using these tips can help ease the burden:
- It’s important to get your child used to being away from you. Try leaving your child with friends, your partner or relatives for short intervals. You can work them up to longer sessions in the lead up to introducing the Nanny.
- Communicate positively. When you first introduce the Nanny, keep the experience positive, even if you’re feeling apprehensive. Acting naturally will allow your child to act naturally too. Keep eye contact up and allow him/her to warm up to the Nanny. Don’t push it, just let the relationship unfold.
- Talk constantly and enthusiastically about the new Nanny before he/she starts and discuss all the positives in the situation.
- It’s recommend to spend at least one day together with your Nanny and child before leaving them together alone. This will give you a chance to run through routines, meet any playmates, friends that might be involved in their lives. Do your best to keep your child’s routine unchanged.
- It’s a good idea to work a short week for your first week back, to allow everyone to adapt slowly.
- Ask the Nanny to arrive early for the first few days so that they can have a little time together while you’re still in the house. Your child might like to show the Nanny his/her favourite toys or games to help settle in.
- Don’t prolong the goodbyes when it’s time to go. Leave happy and leave quickly. Call from work if you need to ensure your child is ok. Seeing you anxious or worried when departing will create stress in your child.
- If possible, when you arrive home from work, try to spend 10 minutes with your child discussing their day (with no distractions) before starting the evening dinner rush.
Good luck on your journey. Remember, stay positive and as much as possible, have fun!
These tips were supplied by Rebecca DeLuca. Rebecca is a Melbourne nanny with well over 10 years of experience. She knows the industry intimately and knows what families want and need for their children.
With a gap in the childcare market, babysitters and nannies are becoming an increasingly popular choice for parents.
Rebecca created www.babysittersearch.com.au, a website connecting parents with babysitters and nannies, because of her industry knowledge and also her passion for helping children and mothers.
At www.babysittersearch.com.au, there’s an extensive database of babysitters and nannies to help you find the perfect carer for your child. Parents can sign up to the site with a one month free trial.
On the site, you’ll also find tips to help you travel through the journey of parenthood. Enjoy!