Check out our top 7 tips for realistic expectations when you hire a Live-In Caregiver.
- Acknowledge that your nanny has arrived in Canada for the first time. You will need to teach her everything she is required to do, from how to use the washing machine to what to feed the children.
- Do not assume she will know what needs to be done. Just like in any other job where you are the supervisor you will need to delegate tasks.
- Understand that the culture shock may be overwhelming; the weather, the food, the size of the home, the appliances, the cleaning products, the language, the relationship Canadian employers have with their nannies and the way they raise their children will all be different. This may leave her completely at odds when trying to deal with a Canadian family.
- Be patient. It may take several months for the nanny to settle into her job and into your home.
- Be reasonable. Do not expect your nanny to be able to do more than you could.
- Creating fair working conditions will help your nanny feel settled and secure that she is with a “good employer.”
- Your nanny may also have realistic expectations of the position. Canada is sometimes seen as an attractive place to work because it is “easier” than other places. It is your responsibility to set the ground rules for the position and ensure your nanny knows what is expected of her.
Every placement is different, whether this is your first Live-In Caregiver or you’ve had multiple nannies in the past. Each placement will take time to settle but the above tips will help you find your groove and set up reliable routines with your Caregiver!