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What needs to go in the nanny manual?

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lobsters Wed 16-Sep-09 16:50:16

It's almost time for my nanny to start and I'm trying to get organised. I want to put a manual together with things she might need to know, so far I have the following what have I forgotten

- my/DH contact details
- my parents' contact details just in case
- DD's doctor/ medical history/ regualr medication
- activities DD attends

There has to be more than this, I was planning to just take her through her routine in the first few days rather than write it down

twelveyeargap Wed 16-Sep-09 17:13:48

I'm not a nanny, but if I were, I think it would be useful to know about things like how to turn the heating/ hot water on. How to set/ unset the house alarm (if you have one.) Whether you double lock the front door on exit. Where window keys are kept (in case of fire). Where you keep the spare loo rolls (if they're not in the bathroom.)

Stuff that you won't cover in your day walk-throughs, but that someone would need to know if they're in your house without you around.

Do a walk through of your day and think of things she might need to know as the adult in the house, rather than just things child-related.

SuperDuperJezebel Wed 16-Sep-09 18:41:13

I totally agree - i always feel terrible if i have to interrupt my bosses day to ask her questions like where the immersion heater is!

Tiny little thing but in a previous job, the car alarm used to go off regularly for very little reason. I dont drive, but it was handy to know where the spare key was kept so i could turn it off if necessary!

Shelley33 Wed 16-Sep-09 19:51:34

Where your stopcock is in case of water leak, and where your fuse box is. Spare keys for sheds/garage etc. Map of the local area, unless she knows her way round. Also if your DD has a certain toy she likes to sleep with/ carry, make a note of that too. Plus a rounh guide to your DD's average day, meal times, nap times etc.

Millarkie Wed 16-Sep-09 20:42:18

I agree with fuse box, stop cock etc also whereabouts of first aid kit(s), names of any friendly neighbours who might help in emergencies.
I also did 'favorite meals, favorite snacks, and favorite games to play' lists. And a list of forbidden things e.g. no fast food, no toy guns to be bought.
And I would write down the routine - just because it's good to have something to hand if you want to discuss any problems (e.g. you can see that dd normally only has a 1 hour nap after lunch so please don't let her sleep for 3 )

Millarkie Wed 16-Sep-09 20:45:00

And instructions for the washing machine (if nanny is doing children's washing) - my first nanny could never 'work out' how to work ours..for as long as we employed her

gizzy1973 Wed 16-Sep-09 20:52:33

where the electric / gas meter is when they come to read it
where the main trip is when power goes off when bulbs blow

Millarkie Wed 16-Sep-09 20:55:15

And where to find torch etc when power goes (we are rural and have lots of power cuts so I go through the whole power-cut routine with our au pairs (and previously nannies))

milknosugarplease Wed 16-Sep-09 22:49:35

what days the rubbish/recycling goes out- sounds utterly random but i didnt know for the first few weeks so didnt put it out if it was full and missed the rubbish collector

if you have a computer, set up a "guest" account on there with no password so if she/he needs to go online to check maps or places to go etc, they can without being on your site iygwim

even silly little things like "the kitchen taps need to be run for a few minutes before they become hot" or any little quirks like "cystern in loo will make noises after flushing-just run cold tap"

milk xx

Millarkie Sat 19-Sep-09 08:23:45

Rubbish is a good one to remember although I wouldn't expect a nanny to put the bins out - but what goes into which bin (we have 3 different colour bins and then boxes for different types of recycling so it's quite complicated here). One of our nannies used to put everything into whichever colour bin they were collecting that week because she swore they just mixed it all together and put it in landfill anyway.

magicOC Sat 19-Sep-09 09:05:03

If a younger child who doesn't speak too clearly yet, but, makes certain noises for things, pls write them down. Can be frustrating for both nanny and child if nanny doesn't know that GICK GICK GICK in baby language could possibly mean DRINK,grin

LouLovesAeroplaneJelly Mon 21-Sep-09 09:51:14

I use an address book and write everything down in that.
Friends contact details
School info
local doctors dentist etc
Likes and dislikes
what jobs need doing
daily routine
where things are in the house


AtheneNoctua Mon 21-Sep-09 10:50:15

Local information (if she is live-in / new to the area) such as bus schedules, local gracery store, etc.

Would also outline which hospital you want the kids to go to in the event of an emergency.

And I would include a map of locations she will frequent in the first few weeks of the job (kids' school, activities, frinds' houses, etc.)

daisymaybe Mon 21-Sep-09 11:56:58

I would find little things like their favorite/least favorite sandwich spread, comforter, friends names really useful. As well as the obvious emergency contacts etc.

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