My feed

to access all these features

Discuss everything related to paid childcare here, including childminders, nannies, nurseries and au pairs.


lazy nanny

80 replies

riab · 04/07/2006 13:56

Hi all,

How do you gently tell a nanny she needs to do more?

I have a nanny who looks after my 15 month old 30 hrs a week.

She is a lovely girl but recently I have felt she was getting relaly lazy. She is suppoused to take care of ds things - so washing / ironing his clothes, cooking his food, tidying his toys and making sure they are working, etc.

Now I do the cooking for him and I don't mind that as I'm a nutritionist so i'm quite fussy.

But every night for the past 2 weeks me or dh has got in from work to find otys all over the living room, washing up from tea still in the sink, a pile of his clean clothes (which I washed the night before) not ironed or put away so he had no clean PJ's upstairs. dirty clothing left in a heap with a dirty nappy bag by his toybox, crumbs and food over the rug and his nursery an absolute tip!

I wouldn't even mind if she had been too busy because they were out and about at activities as I have asked her to make sure he is more active now to ensure he sleeps well. But they had spent the morning in the garden and watched 3 episodes of a DVD (1 1/2 hrs).

OP posts:
jura · 09/07/2006 23:04

This reply has been deleted

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

kickassangel · 09/07/2006 23:39

have sat & done the maths, no not worth getting a nanny instead of nursery, but i am drooling at the thought of someone who not only takes dd out & about, but also tidies away toys & irons her clothes! suddenly i feel the desire to have twins, just so i can get a nanny to go with them!

dmo · 09/07/2006 23:48

a childminder (like myself) are trained and have to be inspected by ofsted to meet standerds the same as nurseys, the different between a childminder and a nanny is that a nanny cares for children in the childs own home and a childminder looks after children in her home.
i was a nanny for 4yrs, then a nursey nurse for 12yrs i am now a childminder which works for me as my own children (ade 9 & 10) can be in their own home while i work.
as my standerds are high i do not clean/do jobs in my own home during my working hours i pretend i'm at 'work' and do my own jobs in the evenings/weekends this allows me to give 100% to the children i care for

Uwila · 10/07/2006 08:02

You might want to try out an au pair and nursery/childminder combination. You could get the au pair to do the laundry and cleaning (but don't expect terribly high standards) and take your DS to/from childminder. She could also do errands like grocery shopping and going to the cleaners, etc. This would cost you somewhere around £60/week plus the use of a car if you want her to run errands.

SaraJayne · 10/07/2006 14:00

Well, I am a late joiner to this thread, but riab, your anny has got to go! The reason I say this is that once your relationship with your nanny has broken down like this, it would be better for you to start again with someone new. And next time you will know what to write down in the job description.

So I think formal warning, but really what you are saying is that it is not working out and it would be better for both of you if she moved on.

Please create an account

To comment on this thread you need to create a Mumsnet account.