As an employer of a live-in nanny it is essential for you to design a set of rules for your nanny to get the desired services. These rules will clear out any issues regarding the role of the nanny which otherwise may create confusion. These ground rules will also help in defining the relationship between you and your nanny, thus avoiding any kind of misunderstandings.
Read on regarding rules for your live-in nanny. It is recommended to include these rules in your nanny contract or agreement.
Define nanny’s roles and responsibilities: Clearly explain to your nanny her duties, roles and responsibilities. Set appropriate rules for child care. For instance, you may set rules such as keeping the child and his room neat and clean, feeding him with fresh food and so on. Also, if your nanny agrees to perform housekeeping duties, discuss the concerned rules with respect to laundry, dish-washing, ironing or any other related activities.
Daily schedules: Design a schedule for meals, activities and sleep time. Make sure that the child feels comfortable with the schedule. Assign time limits on child care and other housekeeping duties. Once you have determined your nanny is effective and responsible in fulfilling her duties, you can allow her to be more flexible with the schedule.
Spell out the house rules: Discuss the house rules with your nanny and let her know if she is restricted from entering or using certain areas of your home, like your bedroom or home office. Define rules for maintaining tidiness in her room. Also, make her aware of where security and emergency tools can be found. Be sure to explain how and when to use them.
Issues regarding discipline of children: Encourage her to teach discipline to your children. Ask her to be consistent when it comes to disciplining the children. However, the nanny should not engage in any kind of physical punishment should the child resort to undisciplined behavior. Speak to your nanny and design an effective management system to deal with such issues.
Design rules for nanny’s behavior: Designing rules for a nanny’s behavior may sometimes interfere with her personal interests. Though it may seem inappropriate, making your views clear is mandatory to avoid certain problems that may arise later.
Are visitors (to meet nanny) allowed?: Decide if you wish to allow your nanny to have any visitors. As your live-in nanny stays in your home, you may have to think about her overnight visitors and be careful to set strict rules for such visits. Ensure that your nanny is clear about what is acceptable and not acceptable with respect her visitors.
Rules for safe driving: At times, your nanny may have to take your children out. In order to ensure the safety of your child, define driving-related rules like obeying traffic rules, taking care of the fuel needs, maintaining speed limits, buckling children into their seats and so on.
Encourage your nanny to follow the above mentioned rules. Arrange monthly meetings with her to discuss any issues related to child care. If necessary, make changes accordingly and set new rules.