We regularly get asked "What will a nanny do?" These parents are wondering what duties nannies will do other than childcare; everyone has a different definition of a nanny role, so it's a great question to cover. However, sometimes its easier to answer "What WON'T a nanny do?"
Helping children with homework
it isn't unusual that the nanny supervises the children while they are doing their homework, but to have the nanny actually help the child complete a complicated project for the science fair or help them do their algebra homework isn't typical, and may be beyond their abilities.
Doctor/Medical appointments for the children
many times, the doctor will have questions about the children that they nanny won't have all the answers to, so the reality is that the parent should arrange it so they can take their child to the doctor, rather than the nanny.
Volunteering at school or daycare Attend family functions without payment
by asking the nanny if she'd like to attend the child's birthday party or school play, you may mean to be gracious but may end up putting the nanny in an awkward situation. If you want her there because she's important to your child, she should be compensated or given time off in lieu.
Look after other children
if you are helping out a friend by caring for their children, first ask your nanny if it's ok and if it is, be sure she is compensated for this. If it is a playdate, ensure the other child isn't a handful and let the nanny know in advance.
Although your nanny feels like a part of your family, she is still an employee and should be treated as such. Keep in mind how you would want to be treated by your boss. By keeping the lines clear, you will continue to have a long and happy relationship with your nanny!
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