reasonable amount of chores for a full time nanny who has
the child or children all day would be: doing the children's
washing and ironing, changing/ making the children's beds, making
the children's meals and tidying up the play area and children's
bedroom. However, a nanny needs to have time to spend with
the children to play with them and educate them - after all
that is the best reason to have a nanny so that the children
get one to one attention. You may find taking on more household
duties makes the job too burdensome. However circumstances vary,
and you may feel that a little adaption is appropriate.
A housekeeper type of nanny may be asked to do more. Your boss may want you to
do the weekly shop for instance or do their ironing. Only do what you can easily
fit into your day. Don't make life difficult for yourself by saying yes to everything
and then stressing out because you can't get everything done in time. It is perfectly
reasonable to say no to your boss and you must make them aware of what you can
achieve in a day. Don't rush yourself, if you can't fit everything in then don't!
At times your employer may ask a favour of you e.g. some free babysitting of
an evening or on a Saturday. Because you feel a sense of obligation to your employer,
you may well say 'Yes' at first, but will you be happy if they keep doing it?
Better to agree arrangements for out-of-hours work at the beginning. Then everyone
knows where they stand.
Generally, being a nanny is a very satisfying job. Every job has its problems,
of course, so don't let things snowball by putting off telling your bosses about
any concerns you may have. You need to feel at ease with the family you work
with, so that you will find it easy to communicate with them. Be friendly with
your family but remember they are your bosses! If you become very close it will
be more upsetting if they ever criticise you in any way. I love being a nanny.
I have made great friends with the families I have worked for, and I am satisfied
at having given my charges a very good start in life.