First Week Checklist

A check list for families to ensure everything is in place ready for their new nanny to start working with their family.

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Welcoming a new nanny into your family is exciting but can also be a little nerve-wracking. As parents, you want to ensure that your children are well taken care of and that the nanny you hire is someone you can trust. To make things a little easier, we've prepared a first-week checklist:

  1. Shadowing Day
    Before your nanny starts their first day of work, it’s a good idea to have them spend some time with you and your children to observe how things are done. This will give them a chance to see how you interact with your children, as well as learn the routines of your home. It will also allow your children to become familiar with their new caregiver. For more information on what to cover during the shadowing day please check out this article here.

  2. Orientation of Your Home
    It’s important to give your new nanny a tour of your home and show them where things are located. This includes where the children’s toys are stored, where to find extra supplies, and how to operate any appliances they may need to use.

  3. Discussing Meals and Snacks
    It’s important to discuss with your nanny what your children eat, any allergies they may have, and any restrictions on snacks. You should also let your nanny know if there are any special instructions for meal preparation or feeding times.

  4. Establishing Routines
    Your nanny should be familiar with your children’s daily routines. Discussing this will help your nanny understand what is expected of them and make the transition smoother for your children.

  5. Setting Rules
    Make sure your nanny is aware of the rules you have set for your children, such as screen time limits, behaviour expectations, and any consequences for breaking the rules. This will ensure that your nanny is consistent with the way you want your children to be raised.

  6. Discuss Parenting Style
    Every family has their own unique parenting style, and it’s important to communicate this to your nanny. Let them know what kind of communication style you prefer and any other preferences you may have.

  7. Exchange Emergency Contact Details
    In case of an emergency, it’s important to have each other’s contact information readily available. Make sure you exchange phone numbers and other necessary details.

  8. Schedule Check-Ins
    To ensure that everything is running smoothly, schedule a check-in with your nanny after the first week. This will give you a chance to discuss any concerns or questions you may have and make any necessary adjustments.

  9. Verify Right to Work
    Before your nanny starts working, it’s important to verify that they is legally allowed to work in your country. This can be done by checking their right to work document and taking a photo of it for your records.

In conclusion, having a first-week checklist for your new nanny can help ensure that everyone is on the same page and that your children are well taken care of. By following these essential steps, you can make the transition smoother for your family and your nanny. If you have any further questions, you can get immediate support during our working hours by clicking on the live chat button at the bottom of this page. Good luck with your new nanny!

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