Nanny Job Descriptions

Written by Amy Hall
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Whether you are searching for nanny jobs, or you are looking to hire a nanny for your children, the need to understand nanny job descriptions applies to both sides. Let's say you need to find a suitable nanny to take care of your children. Before you even begin the interview process, it is important that you know what types of responsibilities you expect your future nanny to perform. It is equally important that you do not expect your future nanny to be Wonder Woman, and not only care for your children, but clean the house, cook all the meals, walk the dog, run errands, plan parties, and so on.

Nanny job descriptions are often not put into writing, which truly is a big mistake because it leaves a lot of wiggle room, which is not good for either side. When it is not made clear from the beginning what the job description is, disagreements are bound to happen, which may or may not result in your new nanny quitting her position early. If too many responsibilities outside of child care are placed on your nanny, she will not be able to focus her attention on the children, which is where the bulk of her job responsibilities lie.

Accurate Nanny Job Descriptions

Okay, if you really want to hone in on nanny job descriptions, you must put into perspective what the nanny's main job is, which is to take care of your children. Therefore, an accurate job description would include: performing any chore directly related to the children, such as preparing meals, cleaning the children's rooms, doing the children's laundry, driving the children to and from school and other activities, helping with homework, as well as playing games with the children and providing comfort and security for the children. Anything outside of these tasks is negotiable, and should be agreed upon and put into writing so that everyone is clear on what is expected.

It is wise not to put too many outside demands on your nanny, such as running errands, cooking dinner for you and your spouse, cleaning the house, grocery shopping, and basically anything that will take her time away from your children. Once in awhile, if you are in a pinch, you could ask your nanny to help out in these areas. However, you should fully compensate her for performing tasks that go outside the realm of her job description.


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