How to Be a Good Nanny

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As a good nanny, you'll invest plenty of time interacting with children.
As a good nanny, you'll invest plenty of time interacting with children. (Image: Kane Skennar/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Being a good nanny requires much more than knowing how to relate to children. While a good rapport with children proves valuable, other areas of expertise make for a successful nanny. From participating in professionalism activities to interacting with employers, a good nanny must strive to increase and update her knowledge in the field and maintain successful relationships with the people with whom she works.

Request a work agreement in writing. To be a good nanny, you must know what is expected of you. If you obtain a work agreement that details your work schedule, pay rate and job duties you will know your responsibilities without fail.

Engage in professional growth activities. Always be willing to learn something new to expand your knowledge. Attend child development seminars or take child development courses or training. Join child advocacy groups or nanny associations.

Communicate with your employer about any concerns or questions you may have. Ask your employer how you can communicate with her each day as concerns or questions arise. She may be open to texting or phone calls or she may want you to leave her a note.

Be on time for work and follow all household rules. Part of being a good nanny is to demonstrate reliability and responsibility. If an employer gives you a set of rules to follow, do not deviate unless you discuss it with your employer first.

Take initiative when appropriate. Know that the parents have entrusted their child to you due to your skills and experience, so don't contact them to make your decisions for you. As long as you're not violating any household rules or endangering the child, you can take some initiative and seek appropriate solutions to problems that may occur during the work day.

Respect all members of the family. While working for a family, you may learn certain private details of their lives that they don't wish to share with anyone else. Respect their privacy and refrain from talking about them to others.

Maintain a safe and healthy environment for the children in your care. Practice good hygiene for yourself and with the children. Be aware of your surroundings and keep the children away from any hazardous objects or environments.

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