I learned a thing or two about the Nanny world. I’m quite sure there is more to come though, but I really appreciate every position and all the things I can be wiser for after. Coming to the private setting from Nursery environment was definitely different, but I quickly settled in to this special work place and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
Nanny life can be quite a lonely place. In nursery there is always a huge collective of (mostly women unfortunately), who can share their ideas, thoughts and help each other. You have so many opportunities to do different seminars that are furthering your knowledge and there is a lot of children, with many personalities and that makes it super fun an keeps you on your toes. I have been very lucky that in my years of Nannying I could still work alongside other Nannies or Maternity Nurses, and made great friends with so many. If your mind is open you can learn a wealth of knowledge from other professionals in your line of work. Plus, there is nothing better, than a really good team that supports each other.
I also came across a very small percentage of carers who are really hard to be working around. What I always try and remember is, that I work for the benefit of the children I look after. I’m not at my job to compete with someone, bash them, not there to be doing something that is not good for the child just so it’s the opposite what the other person suggested.
I feel that every Nanny/Manny should be professional and respectful towards any other person she or he is working with, no matter what.
It could get a little heated sometimes, especially when it’s a lot of women with lots of hormones on top of each other, but we are all there to do a good job, and not to start a World War III.
As a Nanny, you are first and foremost an example.
The way you talk and act says all about you, and tiny little eyes are like scanners, and nothing goes un missed. There is no problem if you are not BFF FOREVER ✌🏼 with someone the family you work for just hired, no problem at all. You also don’t have to agree with everything they say, but you should always be professional. Some characters just don’t match and that is okay. Don’t sweat the small stuff, be yourself, be kind, but also don’t allow anyone to walk over you. Learn to stand for yourself and your knowledge, your wisdom, your millage. You are experienced professional and you know how to do your job.
Working alongside someone else can be so amazing and you can make life long friends or just great colleagues. You also get that extra help, so you are not alone for everything, plus because you are not alone, you can provide children with even more activities than you would normally be able to. And sometimes being an only Nanny can be quite lonely, and you realise that the whole day, you only talked with a 1 year old who only says ”bla bla” and ”bu” back. It is really nice to have someone there, that knows exactly how you feel, so If you thinking about working in a team – go for it!
Do you have any experience with working in a team for fully staffed households? How do you find working in a team? Prefer to work alone? Let me know in the comments below, send me a message on instagram or email on firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Lovely Nanny xx