We here at Cambridge Nanny understand that allowing a nanny or caregiver into your home can be a nerve wracking experience. You children and your household are the most precious things in the world to you. A great way to help settle your fears is to be sure that your new nanny has all of the information they need to effectively care for your children and take care of your household. Here’s the essential information every Nanny should have:
Contact information for you
Your nanny should have your home phone, work phone, and cell phone numbers (and pager number if you have one), and if you are travelling, the number of the place you’ll be.
Emergency contact information
This includes fire, police, doctor, and hospital numbers. If your children have specific medical insurance numbers, provide those as well. It’s also smart to designate one or two neighbors, friends, or relatives as local contacts. Leave their names, numbers, and addresses. That way your nanny or caregiver has someone to turn to in case of miscellaneous mishaps, such as a pet getting loose or a power outage. Also, leave clearly written directions to your house so they can give them out to fire, police, or medical personnel in an emergency. For an easy way to keep track of this, print out our free EMERGENCY CONTACT SHEET.
A mapped emergency escape route
In case of a fire or some other crisis that requires hasty evacuation, your nanny or caregiver should be aware of all the possible exits from your home. Make sure they know where to find the fire extinguisher, the first aid kit, circuit breaker, the water shutoff valve, and a flashlight.
Medical information about your child
If your child has any allergies or other medical conditions, or needs to take medication regularly, tell your nanny or caregiver about it in advance. Inform them of any additional health problems such as a bad case of diaper rash or a tendency to spit up food. Just in case you or your contact person can’t be found in an emergency, leave a healthcare authorization form that allows your nanny or caregiver to get medical attention for your child. For an easy way to keep track of this, print out our free MEDICAL INFORMATION SHEET.
Food and drink list
Don’t leave this to chance. Your nanny or caregiver may not be aware of foods that are off-limits due to allergy. Leave specific instructions outlining what your child can and can’t eat and drink. If the nanny or caregiver will be preparing formula or giving your baby expressed breast milk, walk her through how to properly prepare and deliver it.
Your children will feel more comfortable sticking to their usual routine, so let your nanny or know what time they eats their meals, what time they go to bed, and how their bedtime routine works (if you usually read to them from a particular book, for example, let your nanny know that). You may want to print out our daily child activity sheet for your nanny to fill out — that way you’ll be able to see what and how much your baby ate while you were out, when he had a wet or dirty diaper, and so on. Finally, it’s wise to let your nanny know about any special words for favorite toys or security objects. We at Cambrige Nanny love lists and we’ll provide your nanny with some great communication tools so you are always up to speed on the daily happenings of your child.