Starting Off on the Right Foot – For Nannies

You have invested a lot of time and energy in your search and are ready to start your new job. Knowing that you would like to build a lasting relationship with your new employers, we have compiled a list of suggestions for your first few months on the job.

Begin with a Positive Attitude

Start the position with an open mind, a heart for service, and a willingness to learn. Be sure to wear a smile on your face, and be prepared to dole out an extra dose of empathy and patience throughout this transition period. If you make a mistake, own it!

Take the Time to Get to Know the Family

Be mindful that you are getting to know a new family who will most likely do things differently than your last. It may take time to learn about this family’s style, preferences, and routines, so don’t expect things to go perfectly smoothly at first. Be open to learning what your responsibilities are, but also understanding the subtleties of what is acceptable and appropriate to the family.


Remember that you are building the foundation of a trusting relationship and trust must be earned! Take nothing for granted, assume nothing, and communicate everything. If you are unsure how your new employers want something done, ask. Even If it’s after the fact—ask! For example, “I wasn’t sure what to give Harry for snack, so I gave him some grapes and a few slices of cheese, was that ok?”

Additionally, now is the best time to establish methods of communication. For example, do the parents want you to keep in touch with them via text message throughout the day, or do they prefer that you keep your cell phone tucked away in your purse? Discuss the family’s preferences right from the start.

A few more words of advice for your first 90 days on the job…

  • Avoid asking for extra time off
  • Do not travel with the family – this can be a fast track to disaster
  • Do not ask for a pay advance or a loan
Stanford Park Nannies
April 28, 2015
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Stanford Park Nannies
April 28, 2015
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