Here, Rosemary and Sigrid from Care.com share their top tips to help you set up a successful childcare provision for your children when you go back to work.
Sigrid Daniel, UK Country Director for Care.com and Rosemary Albone, childcare expert for Care.com have plenty of experience finding and keeping good childcare and home help. Sigrid is a full-time working mum, while Rosemary is both a working mum and a Norland College trained expert in childcare and a nanny trainer.
Here, Rosemary and Sigrid share their top tips to help you set up a successful childcare provision for your children when you go back to work.
- Find the ‘right fit’ for your situation and don’t compare yourself unfavourably with other family’s situations. Sigrid says – “Whatever works for you and your family is the right thing for you. There is no “one size fits all” where childcare is concerned and your decision will blend the financial, emotional and the practical. Feel confident in your choices and all your family will be able to relax and see the positives.”
- Give yourself a good amount of time before you need your childcare provision in place. Hiring in panic mode is not helpful.
- Use a reputable recruitment channel, such as Care.com, to help you in your search. They provide excellent support throughout the whole journey of hiring and working with nannies and other childcarers.
- Safety first – Rosemary states, “Recruit safely using all the checks available on Care.com including DBS checks and reference checks. Use these tools available and also trust your instinct. If you don’t feel comfortable with an individual or an arrangement, then don’t ignore those feelings and indicators. The person who you choose to share the care of your child or children with must be someone you feel ‘right’ with and can trust completely.”
- Be clear and confident about your expectations and boundaries from the start and express them clearly by talking to your nanny and writing it all down for them. It takes time but pays dividends.
- Give everyone time to settle in once your nanny is hired, including yourself your partners and you children. Adapting to a new dynamic can take a little time.
- Agree on regular times to have a catch up with your nanny to talk about the children and as importantly, to check on how they feel that working for your family is going. “It is also vital to take an interest in a nanny or childcarer as an individual. Interest in your nanny as a person is crucial if you want them to be happy and you want them to stay!” says Rosemary.
- Enjoy being a Mum. “Having other people help with the care of your children does not make you into a bad Mum or any less of a parent,” says Sigrid. “You will always be your child’s number one person,” adds Rosemary.