Nannies, Au Pairs & Parents Need to Be On the Same Page When Disciplining Children
There may be no topic more important for nanny candidates to ask potential employers than how the parents' discipline their children. All childcare providers discipline (teach) children each and every day. During the job interview with potential employers is when you should first discuss their discipline style and strategies and how they plan to support you in your efforts to teach their children.
When caring for children it is always more effective to have the parents and nannies on the same page right from the start of a working relationship. It is important to know before accepting a nanny job If the parents are authoritative, yell, or spank the children, since most nannies won't feel comfortable working in such an environment.
Ask Parents the Following Questions:
1. What is your discipline style?
2. Specifically, how would you punish each of your children if their behavior requires punishment?
3. Are you consistent with your discipline style?
4. How will you support me when disciplining the children?
5. Are you open to my using different and new creative methods of discipline?
6. Can you assure me that you will never spank or use unnecessary harshness or spank the kids when disciplining your children?
7. How and when will we meet each week to discuss issues about the children?
What questions do you ask parents when interviewing for a nanny or au pair job?