Back to school: How does the Nanny role change?
September has come and it’s the moment we have all been waiting for, the big change from preschool to big school! Maybe over the past year as a nanny you have had a few hours a week whilst your charge in is preschool, you’ve cooked a meal, tidied up, volunteered in preschool and generally kept the house running. Now things are changing and you suddenly find yourself wondering how to be useful in your position whilst your charge is in school. Lots of families decide to either let their nanny go due to their child being in school all day, others see it as a necessity to keep their nanny to cover all eventualities, be it training days, school holidays, sickness or parents travelling.
Check out these ideas to keep you busy and excel in your position whilst you have a child in school.
The perfect time to get all the tasks done whilst no one is home asking you to iron their Hama beads, find the glitter, build a Lego spaceship or bounce on the trampoline. Use this time to get the laundry done, spring clean the children’s bedrooms and sort out the clothes they have grown out of and list new items needed.
Prepare dinner ready for the evening, there’s nothing worse than coming in from a school run and after school clubs to then have to cook a meal from scratch with hungry children at your ankles. A great time to stock up the freezer and have some meals ready for those busy after school days or times when you are on holiday and can leave food to make it easier for the parents.
Get baking and make some suitable snacks to keep those hunger grumps at bay when coming out of school and waiting for dinner time. Prepare a packed lunch ready for the following day to take to school and include lots of homemade healthy snacks.
You might find that offering to do the grocery shop for the family once a week helps everyone out and will be hugely appreciated by the parents, making their life easier always makes for happier children and happier parents. Collecting items the children might need for school, craft supplies for after school activities and present buying for the vast number of birthday parties that will be coming your way will also show initiative and pro activeness.
Offer your services at school, most schools are very happy to have extra help in listening to the children read in class, helping out at lunch time, helping to run the library and assisting on school trips.
This could be the perfect opportunity to enrol in some relevant childcare courses, look at local colleges and online courses to enrich your childcare skills. Also look at updating your first aid course and refreshing your knowledge as the children are getting older.