Nanny tips – How to be the best nanny

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In this blog post, we would like to share with you 5 nanny tips that will help you to become a super nanny and be happier at the same time.

Below you will find some situations that you were probably facing at some point during your career and great nanny tips on how to deal with it.

“Picking up clothes from the dry cleaner? This is not my duty!”

In every job, you might be required to occasionally do something that is “not your job”. For instance, families will highly appreciate if you do something extra for them beyond your nanny duty, like picking something up from the dry cleaner. In other words, a good work relationship is about to give and take.

On the other hand, it is equally as important to show families if they are pushing the boundaries too far. We know, as caring and helpful as most nannies are, this might seem uncomfortable at first. As a result, most nannies get very upset and complain to their friends instead of saying something to their employer. However, you could try to run parents through your busy schedule. Emphasize that the welfare of their children is your number one priority and your time is spent better preparing educational games than with a visit to the dry cleaner.

“We wanted to go to the park, but it’s raining again!”

The weather in London can be unpredictable and sometimes throws your ideas for an active afternoon overboard. As a result, you are stuck at home with your wide-awake children and need some last minute ideas on what you can do to entertain them? For example, check out the Arts & Crafts section on the parenting blog written by the Norland educated Nanny Anita. We are sure that you will find something that your little ones will love and make them forget about the park visit. 

“Today, I will learn something new!”

There are hundreds of childcare courses that are offered in London which will help you to progress in your career. Whether you are interested in safeguarding, psychology, nutrition or something creative, every little knowledge will help you to become the best version of yourself.  

“I can’t wait to see the children on Monday!”

We always say “a happy nanny means happy children!”. So, what can you do to stay positive and happy in your job? Creating a healthy work-life balance will tremendously help you to achieve this goal. Above all, we know how exhausting it can be to be surrounded by screaming children and dirty nappies all day. As a result, you sometimes just want to cancel your plans on going to yoga with your friends after work and choose to chill in bed with the newest Netflix TV shows. However, never forget to take care of yourself and keep promises you made to you which will help you to feel like an adult again after work.

“Are they even allowed to do that? Let me ask my nanny friends”

We have all been there. Your employer calls you out for something which you don’t quite understand. And your first reaction might be “let me ask my nanny friends what they would do in this situation”. Or as an alternative, you post in your favourite nanny facebook group and ask other nannies for advice. Most likely, your nanny friends will agree with you and all of a sudden other stories where you were treated badly come into your mind. As a result, you might end up talking bad about your employer for hours and hours.

We want to be clear here: we can completely relate to this situation (we have been there as well) but you just need to be extremely careful that you are not getting into a vicious cycle where you end up hating your job that didn’t seem to be so horrible a few weeks ago. Sometimes, it is better to take a big breath, write down what bothers you and speak about it openly with your employer. 


We are confident that by following these nanny tips you will enjoy your job, and become very valuable to your employer. Start implementing one by one of our nanny tips each day and keep reminding you if you fall into back habits. And if in doubt, just call us – we are always happy to help you!

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