New Nanny Top Tips for Families

Employing a nanny? Discover our guide for top tips, questions to consider and general information to set your Nanny off on a flying start.

We recommend a handover with your new nanny; informing them of their duties, responsibilities and your expectations.

General Routine

Routines are very important for children. A stable routine can help children to develop daily habits. Routines give children a sense of security and can even help to develop a level of self-discipline. A routine gives children stability, and regularity.

Inform your nanny of information such as:

Sleep Times

Some questions to think about:

  • Do they have special toys or blankets to sleep go with?
  • Do you read a story or sing before sleep?
  • Do they have music put on or a noise machine?
  • Where do they sleep during the day?
  • How many sleeps, time of sleep, and duration sleep?
  • Do you prefer the child not to sleep after a certain time?

Meal Times

Some questions to think about:

  • What would you like the children to eat?
  • What time do the children usually eat?
  • Do they have a favourite dish?
  • Would you like them to have a certain amount?
  • What are the rules on sugary food and snacks?
  • Will the nanny be responsible for a menu and the purchase of food?
  • Would you like batch cooking?
  • Do the children have any food allergies or intolerances?

Playtimes and General Activities

Some questions to think about:

  • Is there anything you prefer the nanny to do or not to do?
  • Would you like the nanny to attend certain activities?
  • Will you require the nanny to attend social events or playdates?

Bath Time

Some questions to think about:

  • What time is bath time?
  • Do they have bubbles, if yes which ones?
  • Is hair washed every day or every other day?
  • If older children, is a shower preferred?


Communication is key, and even more so in the first few weeks of a nanny placement. Excellent communication between a nanny and their employer should be established early on.

Consider the following to communicate with your nanny about:

Using a Daily Nanny Diary to Record Information.

Having a nanny diary on hand is a great resource. This enables your nanny to write down any key information or notes from their day. Everything can be recorded; from what your child has eaten to information about potty training, naps and daily events. Recording this information then gives your nanny the opportunity to report back to you at the end of the day.


If your child has any allergies or they require medication, always make sure your nanny fully understands the extent of the allergy and or medical condition and feels confident to administer the prescribed medication. Make sure key information regarding medication and allergies is relayed to your nanny and it is important to inform them of how all information should be recorded.

Contact Information

Make sure you have given your nanny all contact numbers in relation to your child, and that your new nannies contact details are shared with them too:

  • Parents emergency phone numbers
  • Family relations
  • Neighbours
  • School
  • Doctors

Petty Cash and Expenses

Consider how this will work. Are you going to have a kitty, or will you have a book to record expenses and expenditure?


If you have a delivery scheduled, would you like deliveries collected? Remember to notify your nanny of this or any messages to be passed to workmen.


Consider how you would like messages to be recorded from people calling the house. Inform your nanny how you would like messages taken and relayed to you.

Television & Electronic Items

Inform your nanny of what your rules are regarding television and electronics.

It is a good idea to consider:

  • If your children are allowed on devices and is so how long for?
  • Is television used as a reward?
  • Are there certain films or TV shows you don’t like them watching?

General information

Inform you nanny of how you like things to be done and daily instructions that they will need to know.

Washing and Ironing

Show your nanny where the washing machine, iron and ironing board are kept and how they work.  Do you have an airing cupboard or are clothes to be hung out and dried? How often would you like the bed sheets changed?

The Oven, Hob and Microwave

Show your nanny how these work.

Food and Drink

Tell your nanny what it and isn’t available for their consumption whilst on duty.


Let your nanny know where you keep the hoover, and how often you would like the nursery and playroom hoovered.

Cleaning materials

What cleaning products you would like used in the nursery, and how often you would like it to be cleaned.

House Information

Alarm codes and how to lock and unlock doors and windows. If you have CCTV in the home you must inform your nanny of it, and its location.

Car Seats

How to secure in the car.


How it collapses and how to put it up.


How to collapse and adjust.

Local Area

Make sure your nanny has a general understanding of her location and what is around. Inform her of where the local hospital is and where your doctors surgery is. Show her where the nearest play park is, and what activities are close by.


It is a good idea to make introductions to key people the nanny may meet so they are able to establish a relationship.

Consider introducing your nanny to:

  • Your child’s teachers
  • Friends parents
  • Your neighbours
  • Members of your family

Last but by no means least, always ensure that you have a Nanny Appreciation scheme in place. Remember your Nannies Birthday and other notable dates!