How a Nanny Should Quit a Job
You are a nanny who is contemplating resigning her position. Here are a few tips to help you do that professionally.
- Follow the terms of any nanny contract you may have. If your nanny contract specifies that you will give four weeks’ notice of your resignation, then give four weeks’ notice.
- Absent a nanny contract, give your employer-family as much notice as you reasonably can. Your employer-parents will likely want to have sufficient time to recruit, interview, and hire before your last day of employment so that there will not be a gap in childcare coverage.
- Provide your employer-parents with a gracious and professional letter of resignation. In that letter, specify your anticipated last day on the job, thank them for the experience you have gained while working for them, praise them for those aspects of your employment that you deem praise-worthy, and state your enduring affection for their children. Do not include any negative comments in your resignation letter.
- Ask your employer-parents how and when the news of your resignation should be given to the children, what you can do to ease the transition for the family, and if you may keep in touch with the children after your departure (if you, in fact, intend to do so).
- Discuss the transition with your employer-parents. How and when will the various organizations with which the children are involved be notified that the person who is authorized to pick them up will be changing? On what date should you return various family-owned assets in your possession (i.e., house and/or car keys, cellular telephones, etc.)? Would the employer-parents like you to be available by telephone to assist in the training and orientation of your successor or to respond to any questions she may have?
- Ask your employer-parents for a letter of recommendation that you can use in your subsequent job searches. Even if you already have a job in hand before you resign from your current position, this new job will not likely last until your retirement: it is more likely that you will search for a new job again at some point in your future. It is at that time that this letter of recommendation will serve you well.
- Ensure that your conduct throughout your term of employment (even as you are working out your notice period) is above reproach. Do not speak negatively about your job or the employer-parents to the children in your care or members of the community. Do not speak negatively about the children in your care to your employer-parents or members of the community. Do not depart with items that do not belong to you.
- Do not leave without fondly saying goodbye to the children. (Note: you may wish to leave good-bye gifts for each member of your employer-family.)
- Keep your promises. If you promise to keep in touch with the children after your departure, send them birthday and holiday cards, call them periodically, or otherwise keep in touch with them from time to time. If you promise to be a resource for the employer-family’s successor nanny, do not be impatient when she calls you seeking guidance or information.
By following the above tips, you can resign your nanny position as a consummate professional.