Do you love being around children? Enjoy being the one who takes on a challenge, then having the success of watching children grow and become the best they can be.
It’s what I thrive off. My day will start before the littles ones even wake up. I will arrive at my family home and have tidy around with anything that was left from the night before, then the fun starts. The children wake up and you get the loveliest welcome when you see their smiles in the mornings. The rush of breakfast and getting ready for nursery/school. Sometimes it feels like a military operation but once that routine is set it just becomes normal and the children get into the flow of things. Stick with it, it will all be worth it!
Then we have the school run (if it’s raining it adds to the excitement). If it be a walk or a drive I always leave plenty of time. Both myself and the children don’t want a stressful start to the day. If I have younger ones through the day we will attend a group or an activity that I would have planned.
At the end of each week I always take time to plan my following week, some groups I will attend weekly so the baby/children will become use to attending. It’s key to keep the parents involved in the planning. Some parents like you to completely plan to suit, others like to get involved. Communication plays a big part between me and the parents.
Lunch time myself and the children will eat together a healthy balanced lunch. Children love to help prepare food, I’ve always got my little helpers with me at meal times. After lunch its nap time! Again, routine is important, the more you keep to it the better it will fall into place. We love nap time, a few stories, some quiet time and then sleep. Great, time for me to sit down…Not! This is the time where I run around the house cleaning up, putting toys away from the morning, washing, ironing, evening meal prep and much more. Then if you have time for a cuppa before the little ones wake up your on to a winner! (it’s not as bad as it sounds) Like with everything the more you do it and get into the swing of things you’ll be fine!
After nap time I would usually have a craft activity or plan a trip to the park before the school home run. My aim is to always have things planned and to be organised. This is a key quality to have when being a private nanny. Children that aren’t occupied or don’t have things to do or play with tend to get very bored very quickly. Child led activities are also great to do as this gives them the responsibly of becoming independent and carrying out small tasks alone. This is where being an experienced Nanny comes into play as I know and understand what the child’s needs are.
When we are home after the school run it tends to be a chance where we can all sit around the table or a picnic on the floor and talk about our day, have a snack, and then do any homework that needs doing. After this I’ve usually got some helpers making tea with me or the children have a play before tea. Whilst planning my week on the Friday I also plan a menu for the following week, this helps the parents have the food in ready or I can plan a food shop into my week.
Then it’s time to relax, downtime and start the bedtime routine. After years of experience I have tried and tested all ways but for me it works that no matter what the age from a baby to about the age of 8/9 we all start the routine at the same time. Most children from my experience have bath time with their siblings. This is a fun time, bath toys are great! I always end up getting splashed! When they children are ready for bed we have story time. If children have school books then we will read them together then I will read a couple of stories. Depending on the times of bed time that both myself and the parents communicate between us to suit the stages of each child.
Obviously, we are all human and sometimes the day doesn’t run a smoothly as you would hope, tomorrow is another day. If we have a bad day I asses what we did, the good and the bad. Then I’ll see where I can improve as a Nanny, adapt the routine to suit the children. Every child is different this is where the relationship between the children, parents, and myself is very important. Being a private Nanny, you become part of the family. A happy caring family environment has happy children ready to grow, develop and learn.
At the end of the day I leave the house clean and tidy ready for the next morning, feedback to parents when they arrive home and then it’s time for home ready to go again the next morning.
Written by NS.