Don’t Come Home Late on Weeknights

Respecting Professional Boundaries for Nannies and Parents

Live-in household employees should never stay out too late on a week night. When nannies stay out until one or two o’clock in the morning, parents worry about the quality of care provided for their children.

Without proper rest childcare providers tend to become impatient, slower to respond in emergencies, less interactive with children, and may become a safety hazard to children.

Nannies must avoid situations that alter good judgment and reduce their ability to be responsible caregivers.

Being home early indicates to employers that you posses good judgment, take your work responsibilities seriously, and care about your interpersonal relationships with the parents. Nannies shouldn’t allow parents to worry about them or need to enforce a curfew. Responsible live-in nannies have social lives outside of their jobs, but arrive home at a reasonable hour.

Advice from Be the Best Nanny Newsletter by Anne Merchant, author of, The Child Care Textbook

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