Do You Know What To Do If Your Nanny Gives Notice?
In an ideal world, nannies would stay with one family their entire work life – or at least until the children outgrew the need for a nanny. But the world is far from perfect and let’s face it, nannies come and go. While it’s definitely more convenient when a nanny leaves on their terms, this isn’t always the case. Whether a nanny is expecting a child or simply wants to move onto a new family, nannies will give notice that they’ll be leaving. When this notice comes, smart employers need to have a plan in place.
Whether your nanny has given notice or you’re simply doing your research, these tips can help if – and when – your nanny does give notice.
- Review Your Agreement – At the beginning of your contract you should have drawn up a nanny agreement. The first thing you’ll want to do is look over the section regarding terminating the relationship. This section may include what the nanny has agreed to, how much notice is required and if she’ll give up any accrued paid time off. In addition, this agreement may also include employer options and pay. If you didn’t draw up an agreement, it’s time to talk out the details surrounding your nanny’s decision to leave.
- Create An End Plan – After you’ve sorted out all the legal and money issues, it’s time to decide how to proceed. Your end plan will likely vary depending on how long your nanny has been with your family and children. If you’ve had your nanny for several years, you may opt to shorten her length of stay to make it easier on the children.
- Telling Your Children – It won’t be easy, but you must face the facts and tell your children that their beloved nanny is leaving. Choose what details you’re willing to share with your children and sit down for a family discussion. It may be beneficial to have your nanny sit down and talk with your children as well. Having her explain that it’s not their fault and that she still cares about them will definitely help you children cope. If your nanny requests to continue a relationship with your children – and you’re okay with this – you must sit down and discuss the rules.
- Collecting Items – When it comes to the last day with your nanny, you’ll need to collect any important items. You may need to collect house keys, unused cash, credit cards, insurance cards and car keys.
While it may be hard to set aside negative emotions, it’s in the best interest of your children to end the relationship on a good note. If your nanny has watched after your children for many years, you’ll want to honor her dedication and commitment to your family. For a special thank-you for her years of service, consider giving her a handmade parting gift, cash bonus or a farewell dinner.