The 3 Toughest Challenges Nannies Often Face and How To Overcome Them

A Guide to Help You Navigate The World of Professional Nannying and Help You Feel Confident in Your New Position
Posted by Brooke Parsons on 6 June, 2022

Have you been Googling ‘how to become a nanny in Australia’ because you’re interested in learning about the profession?

Or just want to create a healthier working environment in your current position?

Then this is the blog for you!

Being a nanny is an intensely rewarding job. You get to see the little ones grow and develop. Cultivate long-lasting intimate relationships with your nanny family. And work in a profession that’s beyond the typical 9 to 5.

However, like any job, it comes with its challenges. 

The difference between a good nanny and a great nanny is learning how to understand and overcome these hurdles.

Because not only do we know how incredibly enriching nannying can be. But we also know the realities you might come across when working for your nanny family. 

In this blog, we’re going to deep dive into 3 of the most common challenges nannies face in their careers. So you can explore every aspect of the profession and know how to become a nanny who is well rounded and realistic in their expectations.

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1. Setting Appropriate Boundaries 

Did you know, according to Happiest Nanny, that 1 in 10 nannies live with the family they care for?

Because you’re working in such an intimate environment, sometimes you may find yourself going beyond what’s expected of you.

But it’s up to YOU to put boundaries in place.

Consistency and clarity are key to helping children and parents understand your time off and know how to respect your desires.

Be open from the start about what you expect. And if your nanny family keeps pushing the boundaries, rather than letting feelings linger, sit them down and talk about them. Often when you explain your thought process, your family will be very receptive and happy to help.

Another way of meeting your boundaries is writing them down via a contract. This is the most formal but effective way to communicate your expectations with no confusion.

2. Dealing With Miscommunication

We get it. Expressing your needs or wants to your nanny family can be awkward. 

But open communication is a MUST for any healthy relationship.

The most effective way to avoid crossed wires is to discuss any potential issues as they arise before they become too challenging. That way you can nip it in the bud and avoid any negative feelings. 

We know situations like this don’t always roll off the tongue, so don’t be afraid to take the time to organise your thoughts before you deal with the situation.

But always remember to look at any potential hurdles from the parents' shoes and have an open mind.

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3. Approaching Different Childcare Philosophies

There’s no ‘right’ way to do childcare and every family has its own methods.

Some families are more strict, while others prefer a laid-back approach.

When you start any new position, make sure you ask LOTS of questions, communicate your concerns clearly, and keep an open mind about their needs and wants. 

After all, it’s your responsibility to make sure their little ones are raised according to their family morals while also sticking to yours. That way you can ensure the best experience for both you, the kids, and the parents. 

Despite the challenges nannies might face, we hope you see the amazing opportunities the profession can give. And that you’ve learned a bit more about how to become a nanny who is respectful, open, and realistic.

If you’re a Melbourne-based nanny interested in seeing what opportunities are around the area, then you’re in the right place. 

Our nanny agency, Lisa's Staffing Solutions, takes out the challenges of searching for the right family by being upfront from the start, helping you find the perfect fit. 

Make sure to check out our job opportunities here and thank you for reading! 

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