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Nowadays, the nanny is an essential part of most Filipino households. She becomes a part of your home and family and helps you make sure your baby and the rest of the family are well taken care of. To make sure that everything is smooth flowing from taking care of your baby to meeting the needs of your family, it is important to establish a good and efficient relationship with your nanny. If you don’t know yet where to start, here are some useful tips on how you can do this.
- Make sure that your nanny understands her scope of work and compensation and agrees to them.
- What will her work hours be? Will she be a stay-in nanny?
- What are her responsibilities? (I.e. Feeding and bathing your child, cleaning and organizing of the nursery or your whole house)
- How much will she be paid monthly?
- Does she have other benefits such as SSS and medical allowance?
- Will you provide her with a cell phone she can use to call you?
- When can she take her day-off and vacations?
- Will her meals and toiletries be provided?
- Establish a clear set of childcare rules
- What can she feed your baby? Do you have a specific schedule?
- Can she bathe your child? What bathing schedule should she follow?
- What games can she play with your child?
- Do you follow a specific sleeping schedule for your baby?
- Can she take your baby to the park?
- What details do you want her to note regarding your child’s daily activity?
- Establish a clear set of house rules
- How should your nanny dress and fix her hair? Does she need to wear a uniform?
- How should she communicate – English, taglish, or tagalog?
- How should she take calls at home?
- Does she need to follow a specific eating schedule or does she eat with your family?
- Will she be allowed to cook her own meals?
- Who can she let in your home? Can she have her own visitors?
- Is your nanny allowed to have a suitor or boyfriend? What’s your policy on this?
- What’s your policy regarding gossiping?
- Advise her on important information such as the following:
- Your personal contact information
- Contact information of your emergency contacts
- List of food your baby and family are allergic to
- Emergency protocols at home in case of flood, fire, and earthquake
- Maintain a certain level of trust and respect for each other. Your nanny should respect you as the mum of your child, her employer, and simply as an individual. However, you must not forget that even if you’re the employer, you must give her the respect that is due to her as a person and your partner at home. Make her understand that trust is important to you and that you trust that all her actions will be for the well being of your baby and family. When you disagree with your nanny or you think she did something against your rules or wishes, talk to each other calmly and give her the benefit of the doubt. And most importantly, be sensitive to her needs.
- Be open-minded but firm with your decisions. Listen to your nanny if she has ideas to share but make sure it is clear to her that you are the mum and you still know what’s best for your baby.
Establishing a good relationship with your nanny is important as she isn’t just an extra pair of hands. She is your partner in childcare and even becomes a member of your family. Setting and agreeing on a clear scope of work, contract, childcare and house rules are key in establishing a good relationship with your nanny but it is open-mindedness, respect, and trust that will make the relationship work and grow.
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