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.

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.

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    It’s so flexible you can easily find jobs that work for you and meet some lovely families.’ Harriet, M1, Manchester Met

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    ‘I needed a babysitter for my birthday and through Student Nannies we found Harriet to look after our daughters aged 12 and 10 – they loved her and so did we! She immediately connected with our girls by discussing their common interests, she’s very [...]

  • ‘I’m fluent in English and Indonesian and am an avid baker!’

    I am very study oriented, so being around children’s joyful and playful energy makes me happy. I’m already talking to two families! Erin, Kings College London

  • It fits so well with my skills and experience – and my course!

    I really enjoy spending time with children, playing games, teaching them new skills and inspiring their creativity. In the future I want to be a teacher and so working with children and young people is something I see as a long term goal and career.  At the moment [...]

  • Nannying comes naturally to me…

    ‘I love looking after children, it brings out my fun, carefree side!’ Edie, Goldsmiths unviersity, W2

  • It’s the best Summer job!

    ‘The difference between working in cafe and having a job looking after children is vast – it’s so much more fun and fulfiing, I love it!  Lara, studies at University of Sussex, lives in SW2

  • Thanks for developing a platform for students!

    I would just like to say hi and thank you for developing a platform especially for students such as myself, opening immense opportunities and experiences. Once again, much thanks. Naimma, NW8, London

  • Just wanted to say thank you…

    … as I have a new Student Nanny now thanks to you! Have found a lovely UCL student who will be doing Tuesdays going forward and hopefully babysitting too. I literally feel so much more free! Zoe, working mum of two, London, W5

  • I’ve found a wonderful family

    Student Nannies is a great website! A few days after I signed up, Sarah contacted me – she has two amazing daughters and needed some after-school help. I feel lucky and thankful to have found such a wonderful family as them. Moreover, it suits my timetable [...]

  • Thank you Student Nannies for such a wonderful service!

    All I needed was a extra 3 hrs a week childcare. Initially this was such a struggle as most sites want a minimum amount of hrs and if you need less charge a premium for this! My friend told me about Student Nannies, the site is so easy to use , communication was [...]

  • I found a family in a week!

    I’m very happy with the Student Nannies website – I signed up and in a week I was able to find a great family! Nana, Art History student, University of Lisbon

  • Thank you!

    I have found a lovely Student Nanny through your website, thank you!

  • I don’t have to compete with career nannies
    I'm a big fan!

    I absolutely LOVE this idea because I was finding it hard to compete with career nannies despite being smart and hard-working, so it’s great to know that someone has created a niche for people like me. I’m a big fan!

  • Our Student Nanny is a musician
    He plays piano so my son can practice his singing

    We’ve been sooo lucky with our Student Nanny and school pick up helper – he’s called Rocky, studies composing at the Royal College of Music and plays the piano for my 8-year-old son to practise his singing. 

  • We love our French Student Nanny!
    She's a huge part of our lives

    We found Farah through Student Nannies in August 2017 and she’s still a huge part of our lives! My husband and I are both American, and Farah speaks with our 3-year-old daughter in French, and Margot LOVES helping her make crepes. 

  • I’ve found work in 10 days!
    Fast and simple to use

    Just created a VIP membership account and I have been very pleased with the results so far. I have sent messages and think I’ll start a nanny job in maximum 10 days. The platform is great and simple to use.    

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