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I’ll be hiring a nanny for the first time in a new city for my two kids – 5yo & 1 yo in Jan due to childcare centre shortage. What are some tips, dos’ & don’ts in dealing with the nanny? What is expected of a nanny? What is a fair expectation of her and pay per hour (she has some experience with the older children but not with a 1yo. Also when the school start in Feb, she’ll look after only the 1yo). I have absolutely no idea so any helpful info and advice is welcome! I have offered to work from home in the first few days so that I can introduce her to the 1yo over few days).

Emailed by anon 18.12.2012

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  • A nanny should be willing to do any and all domestic activities related to the children, including cleaning their rooms, doing their laundry, entertaining them, disciplining them, teaching them manners and caring for them when they are sick or upset.
    Have a look here for a list of responsibilities: https://nannyauthority.com/nanny-responsibilities/

  • I think you need to set rules very clearly with her – discuss right up front what she will and won’t do, so you both understand very clearly.

  • I think it’s completely up to you. Whatever you wish for a nanny to do, you should put in your job description

  • Its an important role! There are really interesting comments on this!

  • The nannys role is primarily to care for the children. But if you include other jobs in your job description, I guess applicants will be aware there is more to this job. Good luck!

  • I would expect a Nanny would do whatever you ask. Place I. Your job ad exactly what you’re looking for, that way you’ll only have people apply that are prepared to do what you ask. As far as pay goes, no idea, Google it

  • I hope that you found you Mary Poppins

  • I hope you found a great nanny:)

  • How did you end up going?

  • Some great comments for those hiring a nanny. background check and feeling comfortable with your choice, a must

  • Some great comments for those hiring a nanny.

  • Make sure you get a police check and check her references. Not sure on pay, depends if its cash in hand or on the books. Less if cash in hand. Also depends if you want general housework done or meals prepared. The main thing is if you feel comfortable and you can talk to her easily. That way any problems or requests or questions are dealt with quickly and easily. Mine went to family daycare and had the one lady look after them for 3 years. Got lucky!

  • I would be very nervous about leaving a child that cant talk with a stranger.
    I hope that all went well for you but for anyone thinking of doing this i would suggest setting up hidden cameras so that you can check and make sure all is well.

  • Hope you found a great nanny for your kids.

  • Wow it is hard to imagine there is a childcare shortage in a city. Hope all is well with your new Nanny.

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