• Lauren Severs

Creating happy & positive nanny-parent partnerships

One of the most important things about having a nanny working in your home is to figure out how to establish and maintain a great relationship. Setting up a culture of communication is the best way to assure your nanny that they are an important part of your team, and to help them feel comfortable to approach you with questions and conversations about their child’s care.

What does a good nanny-parent partnership look like?

An effective nanny-parent partnership is based on the same basic fundamentals of any successful relationship. These include open and honest communication, responsive and reciprocal interactions, and mutual respect. A successful partnership also acknowledges and values the strengths, expertise and culture of each individual.

Why is it important?

  • When your nanny feels valued and appreciated, they are more likely to perform at their best. If your nanny feels comfortable in your home and enjoys their role, there is a greater chance that they to stay with your family as long as required.

  • Quality nanny-parent partnerships play a major role in increasing children’s overall development and well-being. It ensures that children receive consistent care, and are provided with a safe, happy and loving environment which fosters their social and emotional competence.

  • For a parent, peace of mind is one of the key advantages of having a trusting relationship with their nanny. Knowing that their child is receiving quality care from someone who they can count on, gives parents the confidence and reassurance they need to get through the day and focus on their tasks.

Tips for creating happy & positive nanny-parent partnerships

  • Check in with your nanny frequently, especially during the early days. Keep up the practice of checking in on a weekly basis to ensure that you both feel comfortable to raise questions and concerns so that open honest communication is the norm.

  • Set good communication habits with your nanny from day one. Nanny contracts are a valuable tool to refer to when clarifying expectations or handling any disputes. A daily diary is especially useful for busy parents to share information on what happened during day, note down points, reminders or questions.

  • Resolve issues as soon as possible. It is important that any issues are discussed once they arise to avoid situations from escalating and eventually blowing up. It is best to discuss an issue when the children are not present and try your best to reach a mutual agreement or solution that all parties are comfortable with.

If you would like more practical advice and guidance on how to work through these, or similar issues, please don't hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team. We have a parent coaching service available for those who are looking for judgement-free, practical support.

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