There will come a time when you no longer need your nanny or you will only need them part time. This is difficult for the family, the child, and, of course, your nanny. They may have developed a long term relationship with your family and a regular paycheck. Below are a few tips to help with the transition.
Tips for Transitioning
- Let your nanny know as soon as possible when the change may occur. Remember how long it took you to find the right nanny and how long it may take your nanny to find a new position. Most opportunities, except for new-born care situations, begin in the summer or at the beginning of the school year. Many families start interviewing in May for nannies in September. Consider your timing if at all possible.
- Find sitters that can fill in for your nanny. Start interviewing them early and try to find time for them to spend time with your nanny and children before your nanny leaves. This helps adjust the children to the new care.
- Let your children know sooner than later. The sooner you can start preparing the children for the transition, the better.
- Nannies often become part of the family and your children and you may miss them. Discuss ahead of time whether you or the nanny feels comfortable with occasional visits and how and when they should happen.
- Be sure to cover all your pay obligations. If you have a contract with your nanny for certain hours or paid time off be sure to honor those obligations upon your nanny’s departure.
- Leave it on a good note. Again, this helps transition the family and your nanny. Consider having a party or celebration or dinner like you would for a retirement. Consider a memory gift such as photos of the children with your departing nanny.