Why trialing a Nanny is important for both the family and the Nanny!

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November, 2022

Some people may be unsure about trialling a Nanny or what to expect from a working trial. We believe that a trial is important for both the family and the Nanny, as it will help both parties in making the right choice with the placement.

A trial day/week is usually part of the interview process, where shortlisted candidates will have a second interview before being offered a job trial with their potential employer. One of the main reasons it is so important is because it is such an enormous decision for the family. A selection for a Nanny should never be rushed. If you do choose to trial a Nanny, which we always highly recommend before a placement is made, the Nanny should be paid for their time.

A trial day/week is usually part of the interview process, where shortlisted candidates will have a second interview before being offered a job trial with their potential employer. One of the main reasons it is so important is because it is such an enormous decision for the family. A selection for a Nanny should never be rushed. If you do choose to trial a Nanny, which we always highly recommend before a placement is made, the Nanny should be paid for their time.

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    The trial day is to see how the Nanny works on the job, allows Nanny to see what the family are like to work for, ensuring that both parties are happy and comfortable with the arrangements and to see how the children respond. Some families choose to do a full trial day as they want to see how the Nanny performs in all scenarios such as playtime, keeping things tidy, bath time, bedtime etc. along with seeing what their unique strengths are. Every family has different expectations and requirements, each trial will differ depending on what is needed and the age of the children. 

    For example, with older children the trial will differ with how the Nanny entertains them in comparison to how they take care of a newborn.

    It is important for the parents to be present during the trial and understand the interaction between the nanny and child as well as leave a little space for them to create a bond. Remember that Nannies may not yet be comfortable with implementing your style of discipline or may even be a little shy until they find their feet, after all it is a trial and they haven’t yet bonded with your child nor do they know how you run your household and will be taking in a lot of information. They may perform better once they know your child, the routine and where things are located. But the trial will still give insight of what a particular person will be like as a Nanny.

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    We think all families and Nannies should opt to do a trial, around 60% of trial days end with a job offer!

    However, trials are a two-way street, the Nannies are deciding just as much as the family is. You’re evaluating each other to see if it is going to work between you. So, remember to treat each other will kindness and mutual respect. 

     

    Remember not to take it personally if a Nanny or family does not want to proceed, there are many reasons as to why and it does not mean you particularly did anything wrong. It may be as simple as another nanny or family was more suited to that individual and there are too many varying factors to lose any sleep over. The next nanny/family that is right for you is not far away!

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