1. Have you had a nanny before?
It is important to find out how much experience a potential employer has with this service.
This will help you understand how clear the expectations and assumptions of the family are for you. If the family has no previous experience with childcare, every little detail should be discussed. Parents who have never left a child with a caregiver before can also spend more time getting used to it and gaining trust.
However, if the family have had nanny before you, it is useful to find out what they liked and did not like about it. That feedback from past experiences will help you understand better parents expectations for your work.
2. What will be my duties?
The more clearly you understand each other’s expectations with a potential employer, the better your cooperation you will have in the future!
Find out if there are any responsibilities you are expected to take besides taking care for the child. Clear up the room with the child after playing is probably basic for any babysitter. But there are a number of other chores that families can expect from nanny. For example cooking – for a child only or for the whole family; doing laundry, housekeeping, taking care of family pets, etc.
If some of the expected tasks are not in your comfort zone or you want an additional fee for doing them, it is better to discuss it before starting work.
We also recommend asking if the child has responsibilities – maybe you can do them together with the child in a playful way.
3. What is your parenting style?
It is important that you know what parents expect from you when interacting with their child. Finding out the family’s general parental philosophies and disciplinary styles will also help you decide if this job is right for you or not.
4. Tell me about your child
Any information you learn about their child will be very useful for you in the future.
Ask if there are any special conditions that you should definitely take into account. For example – child may be allergic of something or have some phobia. Maybe he has a very important cuddly or ritual that always calms him down?
Find out what the child likes to do most and what not.
Ask what child’s normal day looks like from waking up to going to bed. Have parents talk about child’s eating habits and sleep. The child himself can of course tell you later that he does not go to bed before midnight and always eats a liter of ice cream before that, but it would be good to know parents opinion on this, right? 😉
5. Do you have any rules for me?
The rules are not just for children. Many parents have a clear vision of what you can or cannot do as a caregiver. Find out as many details as possible about what is okay and what is not for a given family.
For example, some parents may categorically oppose taking pictures of their children, while others may require you to capture their moments. There are parents for whom it is okay for you to have physical contact with a child – such as hugs and kisses, and there are those for whom it is a big no-no.
Don’t be afraid to ask parents a lot of questions – it shows that you take this job seriously and want to offer the best care for their child!