8 top tips for helping your nanny get to know your family (and support your parenting style!)

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Ok, so you’ve booked a Student Nanny for the first time. Now let’s help you settle them in and get to know you all….

Your parenting style
Talk to them about how you create boundaries for your children and what you do if they behave badly. This all helps to build a relationshup with your nanny but also, importantly, helps them to support your parenting style.

What to do if your child gets cross/stressed/upset
Kids get in a tizz sometimes, we all know that. So tell your Student Nanny what you  do in this situation and what the best techniques are to calm them down. Do they have a favourite toy or comforter that they like to cuddle? Is distraction the best tactic, in which case can they say, ‘I think I’ve just seen Batman!’ or would some quiet time reading a book with you work best?

Favourite things
This might be useful in an aforementioned moment of crisis, but it will also help your Student Nanny to connect with your kids. Tell them which toys or books your children usually enjoy, who their favourite characters are, what craft activities they like, their favourite TV show, whether they prefer their bike or their scooter, etc. Then they can take these things into consideration when making any plans.

Sibling dynamics
If your  Student Nanny is going to be  looking after siblings  it’s important to give them a sense of how things usually go: do they get on like a house on fire or are arguments likely to kick off, and if so about what? And what’s the best tactic you like to use to diffuse the situation? Knowledge is power!

What to do if things get messy
Any self-respecting parent and Student Nanny knows mess is likely to happen, so let them know where  the cleaning materials are kept for cleaning up food spills or craftermath (yes, that’s the aftermath of craft!!).

Tour guide time!
If your children are at home during the interview ask them to show the Student Nanny around the house, they will love playing tour guide and showing them their bedrooms and favourite things! Obviously you might want to follow up on the specifics, like where the cutlery drawer is or where you keep the back door key.

Other essentials are:
– Emergency Contacts  – always give your Student Nanny at least two contacts in case the first one is unavailable.
– First Aid Kit. Where do you keep the plasters and antiseptic cream – (as we all know, most scratches or cuts immediately feel much better when a plaster is put on!)
– Allergies – be sure to flag up any dietry or other issues like asthma or EpiPens.
–  DBS check – if a Student Nanny has one of these you should ask to see a paper copy and you may also want to ask for references.

Get the kids to run a help desk
Anything else they want to know on their first few shifts? Tell them to ask the kids as things crop up. Children love to feel like experts and they will be thrilled if they can show their nanny where to find things, what their favourite pasta sauce is or where their football is kept.