Nanny searching during COVID is a tall order. This time is stressful enough and then when you think about who is a good fit for your child and who you feel comfortable having in your home, it’s tricky. It’s no secret that we’ve kicked the can down the road regarding childcare. We’ve been limping along now for a while playing hot potato with who’s in charge. I think a lot of people have done that. For a while, we waited for ‘normal’ to come back. Now, we’ve realized we’re in a new normal and it’s time to adjust.
You’ve probably seen the article that you can have a career or a kid during COVID, and it rings so true. It feels nearly impossible to have both, but I don’t want to give up on my career because I’ve worked so hard to build my own business. If you’re a business owner, you know that you can’t step away for a period of time. Taking your foot off the gas sets you back significantly. So, we’ve adjusted our plan and we’re nanny searching during COVID.
What changed our plans
Emmie went to daycare before the pandemic hit and we loved it! The schedule and routine were fantastic. I loved that she was always learning something new without having to worry about the lesson plans myself, ha! Daycare really helped us to stay on track with all milestones because they help with all transitions. Plus, the socialization was phenomenal. She did get sick quite a bit, which was hard, but overall the benefits greatly outweighed any issues.
Why nanny vs. daycare
Making this decision is a really personal choice. We struggled with it a lot, but at the end of the day, we thought about what is best for Emmie. Mrs. Busy is not just constantly on-the-go, she’s also constantly in a teacher’s arms. She loves affection. Emmie is also at a language explosion phase, and I don’t know how wearing a mask hinders that (if at all). So for those reasons plus any obvious risks involved, it just wasn’t the right choice for us. I have close friends sending their kids to daycare, and I know for them it’s a great decision. Everyone has to do what’s right for their families right now, and we all have to respect that.
Our questions for our nanny search
Nanny searching during COVID is certainly simplified once you have your list of questions. One of the reasons
- Do you have kids of your own? If so, where will they be during this time?
- Are you/will be working on any other jobs?
- Do you drive your own car or take public transportation?
- Are you vaccinated?
- Can you provide references?
- What experience do you have with 2-year-olds?
- Our daughter will be potty training within the next few months. I’m planning to tackle this, but are you comfortable helping me reinforce training tactics?
- Are you comfortable helping our daughter get back into an educational routine? In a perfect world, I’d love to set a theme for the week (like shapes) and read a few books, talk about the theme, and reinforce it while playing.
- Anything else you’d like to know about us?
- When could you start? We currently have a babysitter who’s going to college in August. We could potentially explore a few transition days the last week of July and then start either beginning or mid-August. We’re flexible.
- Do you babysit as well? We don’t go out that often, but maybe once a month?
- I highly doubt we’d need this, but if necessary and if the time permitted in the day, would you be open to helping me prep dinner?
- If things open and it’s safe, are you comfortable driving with our daughter?
- What is your preferred method of payment?
- Are you following COVID procedures? Mask wearing, social distancing?
- Are you working or attending any place that would be considered communal? IE: school?
- Is anyone in your family attending a communal space regularly?
- Generally speaking, where would you go and who would you see when you’re not with us?
- We would not expect you to be in a mask at our home all day, but do want to ask if you would feel more comfortable
- If cases spike and we head towards a shut down again, are you comfortable still coming to our home? Who else would you see during that time? Also, we’re open to creating a mutual list of people. We’d like to see our 2 sets of parents and that’s it.
- Is there anything you’d like to know about us or do you have any requirements?
I hope you find this helpful while searching for your nanny. If we can agree on one thing, as parents, we’re all in this together, right?
Affectionately known to her friends as Millennial Martha for her love of DIY and decorating, Jen can’t help but pour her heart + soul into everything she touches. She’s loved to entertain since acquiring a table and chairs, and giving gifts is one of her favorite hobbies. Jen is the creator of Girl Meets Party. Her dream is to share her passions with the world in hopes to inspire others by making the seemingly unattainable attainable.