A day in a life
Have you ever wondered what nannies do all day? Maybe you are a parent looking to employ a nanny but wonder what the nanny’s responsibilities should be or perhaps you’re a nanny-to-be, looking for some information on what to expect from working in this wonderful field of childcare. Or maybe you’re interested for different reasons. All of the above reasons are good enough to keep reading and perhaps learn something new.
How nannies spend their days depends on many factors – number and ages of children, routine, parents’ preference in kids’ activities, weather, location, children’s health and more. We’re all so wonderfully unique it would be impossible for everyone to stick to one template or routine. We base our “average day” on the most common routine in care of small children. Most nannies look after babies, toddlers and/or school aged children.
The easiest way to look at the day with splitting the day into parts. There is the morning routine i.e. breakfast, getting dressed, personal hygiene, getting ready for school or day care or just to go out.
Then there is the morning play. Then lunch and a nap for babies and toddlers or quiet time for older kids. It is also a downtime for the nanny as she has her/his lunch, does light housework i.e. emptying the dishwasher, laundry, cooking dinner (this depends on the agreement between the parents and the nanny of her/his duties), preparation of snacks and/or bottles. The follows the afternoon playtime. And then dinner followed by bath and bedtime routines. Parents usually take over around dinner or bath time but it depends on each individual family.
It is important to know there is a morning play time and an afternoon playtime. Obviously children, just like us adults, have more energy in the morning and that’s why we encourage planning a fun outdoor or social activity to get the most out this time. Kids will focus better and generally have more fun and patience in the morning. We recommend going to a park, swimming, attend playgroups, museums or classes.
The afternoon play time is generally shorter due to naps and quiet time. Depending on the age of the children we advise playing in the garden, have play-dates, cook with children, do art and crafts, go to the library or go to the park or beach. Older children may have after school activities too.
The aim is to gage how energetic or tired the children are and then decide on the suitable activity. It’s also weather dependant. It is possible to go to the park when it’s raining but it may not be as fun as using the opportunity to be creative at home or organise a playdate.
Nannies can also supervise homework and help with school projects if needed.
The most important thing is to communicate both parties’ (nanny and parents) expectations before the employment starts and then revisit this topic later on to make sure everyone is happy. Communication is the key to being a GREAT TEAM!
We hope this article was helpful to you. If you have any questions, please contact us. We’ll be happy to discuss!