How to prepare for a holiday with your nanny
This time next week we will be sunning ourselves in glorious Ibiza. Having got married in Ibiza on top of a mountain five years ago, it seems only right to take Rupert on his first ever holiday to the white isle. But someone else will also be joining us.....our nanny.
Having never taken a Nanny on holiday before (my mother assures me a nanny was a pre requisite for any family holiday we ever went on as children), I must admit I feel nervous. What will it be like having a nanny hanging around the villa? How much time do we give her to sunbathe and, hell, will she look good in a bikini and attract the husbands attention?!!
So having done a bit of research I thought I'd share my top tips on preparing for a holiday with your nanny.
1. Visas - Make sure your nanny has the right visa that she needs to travel. We might take it for granted that (at the moment at least!) by living in uk we have access to the EU without visas, but that doesn't mean your nanny does.
2. Set up a schedule - Sittinf down and putting together a schedule is the last thing you might feel like doing before your holiday but setting expectations right from the start will simply make your life easier. Let your nanny know what days and hours you want her to work and what she might like to do on her days (you may find she wants to go out and explore which might be the perfect opportunity for your to have "family holiday time" without the nanny around.)
3. Discuss what happens at night- If you are sharing a villa and you want a night on the town. discuss with your nanny how you would like the "nighttime work" to go. Are you happy for her to go to bed once the kids are asleep or would you prefer her to wait up until you are home?
4. Make sure you chat about certain issues you make come across whilst on holiday that you usually wouldn't at home. For example, is it safe for her to give the children tap water or would you prefer her to give them bottled water? Do you want your baby to have a mosquito net over their cot or would you prefer there to be plug ins in the room? Are you putting her in charge of covering the children in suntan lotion at every given opportunity?
5. Never presume it will be a "holiday" for your nanny. Although taking her abroad might seem like a lovely thing to do, the chances are her job will actually be harder than ever. Most babies and children feel unsettled in new environments and plst play up - making her day to day job even harder than before.
6. Respect her "off duty" time- if your nanny is off duty they are entitled to realx and have time away from the children. Make sure you allow her to have a proper break.
Have you taken a nanny on holiday? If so, I'd love to hear all about it! Drop me a message in the comments below!