If you ever hire a nanny too look after the kids it will surely be an exciting day for the whole family. Remember though for your Nanny it’s just like any other first day on the job. She or he will be nervous and need a little reassurance from you when walking through your door!
Here are a few things you can do to make your Nannys first day a great one and start the relationship off in the right way.
1. Make sure you’ve sorted out her pay and tax correctly.
Sitting down with your nanny in the first hour and going through all the good points is a great way to reassure her. Let her know that you have her payroll sorted and her tax is being paid and show her when and how she will get paid for her work. It’s an important thing to remember that you are paying someone as an employee so getting the nanny tax and payroll part right is important for both of you. It’s advisable to use an agency like Nanny Paye to look after it and you don’t have to worry. Check them out at www.nannypaye.co.uk.
2. Show them around the house.
After the paperwork is finished, show them around a bit. It’s important they are relaxed in their environment and know where everything is. Theres nothing worse than being left on your own not knowing where the nappies are or where the kids can and can’t go. It’s important for you too to set boundaries where you are comfortable giving free reign to your nanny and where she should not go.
3. Let them have your contact numbers.
God forbid there be an emergency but if there is you need to know they can get hold of you. It’s a good idea to give your work, mobile and and also that of a couple of friends and neighbours too in case you are unobtainable at all. A great idea is to setup a spreadsheet on Google Docs with all the contact info and email and txt the link so it’s accessible from more than one place. If you nanny loses her phone and an emergency happens she’ll be able to access the information online and from her email address. Safety first! 🙂
4. Finally and most importantly, The kids!
Make sure the kids are happy when you introduce your nanny. Don’t do it after school when they have just had a swimming lesson and are tired and irritable. Do it on a weekend in the morning when everything should be calm without stress. You need to make it a pleasurable experience for all involved.