The Top Notch guide to training a new nanny

The Top Notch guide to training a new nanny

So we’ve just supplied you with a top notch nanny – hurrah! But before you put you feet up and relax, there are a few simple things you can do that will make your nanny’s life easier, give you even greater confidence in her performance and allow your children to experience a seamless stress-free arrival of this new professional carer.


Start with safety

Whether or not you have a nanny, you should have safety information organised for your home. For example, the details of your burglar alarm provider, the location of your fuse box, the gas and water shut-off points and medical details for the children (and the adults) in the house. You might want to add veterinary details too. One Top Notch nanny recommends laminating this information and keeping it in a central location. She will probably never need to use it, but if she does, or even if you do, it’s great to have it at your fingertips.


What’s most important when working with your nanny?

Those are the things you need to prioritise. Even the most professional nanny can’t take in every bit of information about your family life in a day, or even a week, so pick the most crucial elements to focus on. That might be sleep routines for a toddler, allergy issues or dietary restrictions if these apply to your household or maybe recent significant events that may be influencing your children’s behaviour. Get those right and everything else will easily follow.


Give your childcare professional a house manual

It doesn’t have to be a printed document – some families have a computer file where information is kept and one household we know has infographics created by their computer savvy teenage son! It doesn’t matter how you do it, nor how simple it is – post-its on a cork board are just as good as ring binders and index cards, but recording the basic information your nanny needs and keeping it somewhere accessible gives her a resource to call on (and add to) at any time of day.


Ask your nanny what she’d like to know

It’s easy to forget that people have different learning styles, so it’s a good idea to ask your new nanny what she’d most value learning more about. For example if somebody in your house has dietary restrictions she might benefit from one-to-one training on that subject. If you are all very sporty, perhaps a taster lesson in your favourite activities would help her understand how your family dynamic works? This investment in her understanding will benefit your whole household as well as giving her confidence in her ability to hit the ground running.


Listen as well as talking

Your new Top Notch nanny is a trained professional and her responses may illuminate ways of doing things differently or experience she’s had in similar situations. Sometimes new parents are so busy handing out information they stop listening to what their nanny has to say. As a happy Top Notch client told us recently, “On my new nanny’s first day she quietly suggested a way of settling our hyperactive two-year-old. I didn’t really take it in and she didn’t push the matter. A week later, when she managed to get little one to bed, and to sleep, in ten minutes flat, I begged her to share the secret. It was the very thing she’d told me on day one! This really showed me how valuable her experience was going to be to us.”


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