It’s a difficult situation: you’ve had the same nanny since your child was a toddler, maybe even an infant, and you couldn’t be happier with her excellent care. Now your child is starting school soon and you don’t want to let go of the nanny you and your family love. She feels like part of the family. But what can you do?
Luckily, there are a few ways to keep your nanny around, such as changing her responsibilities and tweaking her hours.
Start the conversation early
First and foremost, start the conversation about your kids going to school early. Talking about this change in routine early shows your nanny that you are proactive and open, and that you don’t want to lose her. You care about your relationship and want it to continue. Set aside a time to talk about your nanny’s duties before your kids go to school, if possible. For some families, this is a few months before school starts, but it can start much sooner, like when thoughts of preschool or pre-K arise.