This is not really a question but if it was the answer would obviously be you need to do both these things.
When it comes to the care of your children you need to be 100% sure that the people that you are employ to look after your children are up to the job in hand.
Recommended preparations for before your nanny arrives
This in by no means a conclusive check list but here are things you should consider:
- Create an emergency contact sheet with not only your and your partners details, but also the contact details of the person next in line if you cannot be reached
- Provide the details of your family doctor's name, address and contact number. It is here where your child's medical records are kept and can be access quickest
- Consider creating a Medical Consent Form that you can sign and give to your nanny.
- If your child takes any medication make sure full details are given
- Make your nanny aware of any allergies and any medication that your child cannot take
A hard copy of these details should be kept in the house but also it is a good idea to have an electronic copy that everyone can access remotely on a smart phone or other device.
What should be covered when your nanny arrives and before they are given care of your child?
Just giving your new nanny a list of these things is not going to ensure your child is going to be safe in their care.
When you meet with your nanny for the first time:
- Make sure you go through the details you have prepared with them and make sure they understand every aspect of your instructions
- Introduce your child to their new nanny before they are due to take charge of the welfare
- Show your nanny where the first aid kit is kept and ensure you are happy with their medical knowledge
- Agree a fire procedure, not only your nanny but every person in your household, including your child
- If your nanny is going to be taking your child out in the car, make sure that they are fully briefed in how to fit the car seat correctly
- If your nanny is going to be taking your child swimming, make sure they know how to swim themselves
During this time of transition, being prepared is going to give you the peace of mind you need. We offer medical training courses for both parents and nannies.
What Perfect Household Staff does to bring you only the most exemplary staff members
We at Perfect Household Staff trust our nanny staff, this is due the stringent vetting process that each and every new applicant goes through before we present them to our clients.
Each and every Nanny Candidate that we put forward to our clients that are looking for a nanny:
- Have had two written references meticulously checks
- Have been DBS (formally CRB) checked and hold a certificate
- Are already very experienced and qualified nannies
- Have provided Perfect Household Staff with at least two forms of identification
- And most importantly, have attended an interview and been assessed by a member of the Perfect Household staff team
If you have any questions about the process of hiring a nanny or in fact any new member of household staff, please feel free to call and speak to a member of the Perfect Household Staff team.