The Boffin nanny story continues ... we've now interviewed a lovely nanny , and she's coming over for a trial 24 hour stay with us (paid). Does anyone have any tips about what might be appropriate to ask her to do, and how to approach the whole thing generally? We've got three kids - DS1 (11) DS2 (8) and DS3 (8 weeks). The elder two are at school 9-3.30.
just treat it like a normal nannying day. leave her too it as much as you can with the 2 older ones, as long as they're happy and try and let her have sole charge for a few hours with the baby to see what shes like. if you find your self not trusting her, then you know its not going ot work.
go through every thing you would expect her to do, be open, honest and upfront. if there is washing, ironing, washing up or other house hold chores explain how and when you would like them done. expect to show her how to do things, depending on her age, or how you would like things done, but dont patronise her.
give her honest feed back and let her do the same, and if one or both of you isnt happy, and you dont feel you can compromise walk away.
Ta for advice, which I followed. She is here right now and it's brilliant! It's like having Mary Poppins in modern form. Kids love her, I love her, we're having the nicest day. I even went into work for a couple of hours, and I have been doing some paperwork in the study for a bit (I was very behind). She is staying overnight as well, to see bedtime routines and so on. She has even cooked a spontaneous lovely supper with random contents of the organic veg box and so on. I don't have to tell her anything much really, it all just seems to happen.