The Do’s and Don’ts of Professional Childcare
Being a childcare professional, you learn very quickly that there is no single handbook to go to for professional nannies. In this business, there can be an awful lot of grey areas, as nothing is cut and dry. What I mean by this is; no single family is the same and there is no one protocol that can be applied to every family. What I have learned, however, is that there are some basic do’s and don’ts that almost every nanny can use on a daily basis when working with their family. On the other side of things, as a family, these are things that you can expect and not expect of your nanny. The comprehensive list that I have come up with below is simply some reasonable expectations that, in most cases, apply to childcare providers. Since this field has proven to be quite unexplored (and in my opinion, underrated), I thought I’d take this opportunity to shed some light on the matter! Now, keep in mind that this list is based off of my personal experiences as a nanny as well as the experiences that I have had with the nannies and families here at PFP. The Do’s and Don’t of Professional Childcare (A general list)
DO: Give simple and light suggestions based off of legitimate and factual childhood education/training.
DON’T: Give suggestions that are too personal or based solely on opinion. Do not come off as pressuring or judgmental in any way.
DO: Send photo updates to parents to keep them in the loop about their child’s day.
DON’T: Post pictures of your employers’ children, home, pets, etc. to any social media platform.
DO: Make sure you have a clear understanding of the parents’ discipline method and stay consistent with that method.
DON’T: Impose your personal style of discipline on the children you care for.
DO: Propose outing and activity ideas to the parents you work for and ask for any suggestions that they may have.
DON’T: Take the children on any outings without letting the parents know first or asking their permission (depending on the type of agreement you have).
DO: Teach the children basic manners and proper ways to behave, i.e. sharing.
DON’T: Instill any of your personal values or belief systems into the children you care for.
DO: Keep checking out PFP’s blogs.
DON’T: Forget to recommend us to a friend!
If you have a specific question I have not covered please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.