Being a nanny can be quite demanding. From managing the schedule of multiple children to dealing with unexpected tantrums, nannies work hard to ensure the children they care for are safe, healthy, and happy. But with all the demands of everyday life, it's easy to forget to show them how much we appreciate their hard work and dedication. Here are five simple ways you can just do that!
1. Say 'thank you'
"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." (William Arthur Ward). Sometimes the simplest gestures can have the greatest impact. Saying thank you to your nanny for all their hard work and dedication is a great way to show your appreciation. It might sound simple, but you'd be surprised how often we forget to express our gratitude. So next time your nanny is leaving for the day, make sure to say 'thank you' with a smile.
2. Give them time off
Another consideration would be to schedule a day off when your nanny is not as needed, for example when extra help is around. It doesn't have to be anything extravagant, but a day where they can relax and recharge is always appreciated. If you're feeling particularly generous, you could even arrange for a spa day or a massage. Just make sure they don't come back to a house full of chaos.
3. Get them a gift
Gifts are always a great way to show your appreciation. Whether it's a small token of appreciation or something more extravagant, a gift shows that you have taken the time to think about your nanny and what they might enjoy. If you're not sure what to get, consider something practical like a gift card to their favourite store, or something sentimental like a personalised gift.
4. Invest in your nanny's professional development
Investing in your nanny's professional development not only benefits them, but it can also lead to better care for your children and a happier, more engaged employee. So, go ahead and show your nanny some love by supporting their growth in their career!
Consider purchasing a membership to a professional organisation like the International Nanny Association (INA). This will provide access to networking events, workshops, and courses to stay up to date with the latest innovations and guidance in childcare.
5. Be respectful
Perhaps the most important way to show your nanny that you appreciate them is to be respectful. Nannies are professionals, and they deserve to be treated with the same respect as any other employee. That means respecting their time, their boundaries, and their expertise. Treating them with kindness and respect is the best way to show your appreciation.