Things to Consider Before Accepting a Nanny Job
Congratulations! You’ve been offered a nanny job. Is this the nanny job that’s right for you? Below please find some of the most important things you need to consider before accepting a nanny job.
- Are you currently employed? Or, more precisely, does your budget afford you the option of turning this job down if you are not currently employed?
- What is the pay rate for the job you’ve been offered? How does that pay rate compare to the cost of living in the community where you would be working? Is that pay rate less than, equal to, or more than you have earned before? Is the pay rate commensurate with the work that is to be asked of you in the new job?
- What are the employment benefits of the job you’ve been offered? Does your new job offer health insurance? If not, do you need your job to provide you with health insurance? And what are the costs to you for your employment benefits?
- What are the hours and days that you would be expected to work in the job you’ve been offered? Full-time or part-time? Daytime or nighttime? Weekends? On call? Temporary or permanent? Are you comfortable with these hours and days?
- Where is the job? Is it near your home? If not, is that a concern for you?
- Is the job a live-in or live-out nanny position? Either way, is that what you would like it to be?
- How do you like the parents in the job you’ve been offered? Did they seem safe, nice, and easy to work for? Do you understand what they expect of you? Are you in agreement about basic childrearing matters (i.e., methods of discipline, appropriate versus inappropriate foods, etc.)?
- How do you like the kids in the job you’ve been offered? Are they well mannered? Funny? Disrespectful?
- How many kids are involved in the job you’ve been offered? One? Six? How well do you think you would handle that number of kids?
- What are the ages of the kids? Are they all toddlers? Is one a newborn? Is one a pre-teen? How well do you think you would handle kids in these age groups?
- What are the job tasks involved in the job you’ve been offered? Would you have to drive your own car when taking the kids to their various appointments? If so, do you have a vehicle of your own? Would you have to do laundry for the family? If so, are you comfortable performing that job task?
- When do the parents want you to start the job you’ve been offered? Is that timeline reasonable given your commitments to your current employer, your family, and other facets of your life?
These are but a few of the things you will need to consider before you decide whether to accept a nanny job. Deciding whether to accept a job is a tremendous responsibility. No one wants to start a job and then resign shortly thereafter because the job is not a good fit for them. That is hard on the nanny and hard on the family as well. By giving your decision the thought it deserves, you will increase the likelihood that you will make the correct decision the first time.