There is a huge difference in looking after a child that was dropped off at your place work and looking after a child in their own home.
One of the toughest parts of being a nanny is that you have to adjust to the family you’re working for. You could be a highly qualified individual but if you don’t see eye to eye with the family, you may experience a few problems.
Check out these helpful tips for new nannies:
1) Work for a family you’re comfortable with
As a nanny, you’re expected to provide individualized, customized care to a child in their private home—a very intimate setting. If for whatever reason, it doesn’t look like you’ll fit in with the family after meeting them a couple of times, it’s best to give the job a pass, no matter how much they’re paying you. Compatibility is important here.
2) Have a contract
The lines are always blurred when you’re expected to work so closely with a family but remember you are still the family’s employee.
Protect your employee rights by formalizing the process. Draw up a contract that lists duties, responsibilities and expectations on behalf of both parties. Having a contract both parties can agree on helps prevent misunderstandings in the future.
3) Be familiar with your rights
Yes, like all employees, nannies too have rights even though their employment may appear casual. Nannies are protected under the Fair Labor Standards Act and are considered non-exempt employees. Nannies cannot be paid below minimum wage and they (whether they are live-in or live-out) have to be paid for working overtime (more than 40 hours a week).
4) Say no when you need to
Because nannies become a part of the household, it is very easy for them to be taken for granted. Families commonly make nannies do work that isn’t a part of their job. Don’t be surprised if you’re asked to do odd chores around the house while the baby sleeps or work on the weekends. Know you’re rights and learn to put your foot down when you feel like your contract is being violated.
5) Set boundaries
A nanny’s biggest challenge is to keep things professional and for that to happen you need to establish boundaries early on. Be careful about prying into the family’s private conversations and sharing too much of your own life with them.
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