Nanny Trial Period
Why it’s totally reasonable to have a nanny trial period
Nannies act as an extension of parents—loving, caring and looking after kids on a parent’s behalf. And finding the right nanny takes time, since parents want to ensure they’re leaving their child with someone they trust completely. Before making it “official” with your favorite candidate, it’s not uncommon to do a short trial period to make sure it’s a good fit.
What is a nanny trial period?
Trial periods are essentially test runs, which give parents the important opportunity to observe how the nanny interacts with their child before hiring them. This protects the family and the caregivers, since they both have the option to politely say “no” at the end of the trial period, should the arrangement not be the right option. After a few rounds of interviewing nannies, offer the best candidate a trial period where you can keep an eye on how the children interact, offer guidance as to how to manage certain situations and ensure the family values align on both sides.
Length of the trial period
The length of a nanny trial period depends on the family’s need and comfort. This can vary from a few hours to multiple days. Parents should determine the length of the trial period by considering how their kids typically take to new people, the variety of situations you’d like to observe and any other family-specific needs.
How to pay during a trial period
Determining your nanny’s pay during a trial period should be a negotiation between you and the caregiver, respecting their qualifications and your location, children and needs. A nanny should be paid for the time spent with your child, trial or otherwise, at a rate you both agree to before they begin the trial period. Keep in mind that they are employees and deserve fair compensation—like all of us!
Establishing a trial agreement
Speak with your nanny candidate to set expectations on what a trial period will include. For example, you may want to observe him or her during the after-school routine, or spend time at the park to make sure your kids and the nanny are comfortable. Trial periods for nannies are common, so let them know if you’re interested in setting one up!
At the end of the day, it is more than reasonable for you and your family to feel comfortable with the nanny, and trial runs are the perfect way to give yourself that peace of mind. By starting your nanny’s employment with a trial period, you help to situate them in the working environment they could expect and with your family—an ideal situation for everyone, kiddos included!
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