How to Quit a Nanny Job
Quitting a job as a nanny can be daunting and overwhelming, especially if you have been in the role for a long amount of time. It is important to remember that you can be professional about your decision and make sure that the transition for your employer and the family is smooth and without any conflict.
- Talk to your employer – The best way to handle your exit is to have an honest and open conversation with your employer. If you have been a nanny in the home for a long time, they may be surprised and upset. Be honest but diplomatic when telling them you are leaving and make sure they know that you have appreciated your time with them and their family.
- Give them plenty of time – Give your employer plenty of time to find a replacement. Let them know at least two weeks in advance, if possible. Also offer to help out with any interviewing for a replacement if you are able to. This will make the process of replacing you run much smoother.
- Offer your references – Give your employer a list of references that they can use when interviewing a potential new nanny. The references should include previous employers and people that are familiar with your work experience. This can be very helpful in finding a qualified replacement.
- Stay professional – Even if you are leaving the job on bad terms, it is important to stay professional in all your communications. If you have spent a lot of time with the children, try to make a farewell plan. Send cards or have a small celebration in the last few days you are there.
- Say goodbye to the family – You may have formed a close connection with the family during your time as a nanny. Be sure to say goodbye to them and let them know how much you have enjoyed working with them. If you have made lasting relationships with the children in particular, leave them cards or small presents to remember you by.
Quitting a job is always difficult and potentially overwhelming, but with a bit of planning and care it does not have to be a stressful situation. Take the time to think through your exit strategy and make sure to be honest and diplomatic with your employer.