Christmas is a time to relax and spend quality time with your family and friends. If your regular nanny is taking a break over the Christmas period or you are in need of an extra pair of hands to help with the kids then hiring a temporary nanny is an excellent choice. With over 25 years of experience matching temporary and emergency nannies with clients, here are our tips if you are considering hiring a nanny over Christmas.
Look for relevant experience and qualifications
When deciding on a nanny to help with Christmas childcare the first factor to consider is their experience and qualifications. Ensuring that your nanny has strong, relevant experience with children of a similar age to your own will put your mind at rest and allow you to relax over the holidays. Of course, if you are in need of emergency childcare at a moment's notice, then checking qualifications and references in time can be a stressful process.
At Greycoat Lumleys, all our nannies go through a rigorous selection process and are chosen for their relevant experience and skills. We do full background checks to ensure that all our candidates uphold our unrivalled reputation in domestic staffing and as the go-to service for emergency childcare. So you can rest assured that when you use our childcare services we are providing candidates of the highest calibre, every time.
Have clear expectations
If you are looking for a nanny over the Christmas period then time really is on the essence. Understanding exactly what you are after will help move the process along quickly and save on a lot of last-minute stress. For example, are you seeking a live-in nanny to take care of your children full-time over the festive period? Or someone part-time to just help out on Christmas day? Knowing exactly what you require and your expectations for your nanny will enable us to find you the perfect match as quickly as possible.
Ensure an efficient hiring process
A last minute cancellation of your regular Christmas childcare or an unexpected change of plans can leave you in urgent need of a plan B. If you are in need of an emergency nanny then an efficient hiring process is required to ensure they are available when you need them. Our experienced team of consultants is able to supply exemplary candidates without delay and can even handle same day childcare bookings if required.
If you are in need of an emergency nanny over Christmas and want to find out more then read our blog on everything you need to know about emergency childcare.
Choose a nanny you can rely on
Although true of any time you need childcare, a reliable and punctual nanny is essential. The holiday season is already a very stressful time of year with a lot of juggling to do, from cooking Christmas dinner to entertaining your in-laws. A temporary or emergency nanny that is late or cancels last minute can send your Christmas plans into sheer chaos.
Having a nanny you know you can rely on will help you enjoy the festive period without any added worry. That’s why all our nannies are chosen for their highly professional nature and trustworthiness giving you peace of mind over the festive period.
Look for someone who will make it festive
Last but not least, look for a nanny that brings some festive cheer! Christmas happens once a year, and you want to ensure that both you and your children have the best time possible. A nanny who enjoys and appreciates the Christmas season can create a magical atmosphere for your kids. So making sure to choose someone who can plan some fun Christmas activities for your children and get into the festive spirit is a must.
Looking for a bit more extra help this Christmas? Whether you are looking for a chef to cook up a feast on Christmas day or a housekeeper to give you that added support over the holidays, you can find out more in our guide to hiring Christmas staff this festive season or explore more of our Christmas staff roles.
Those looking for a temporary or emergency nanny this festive season should get in touch with our team of expert consultants. Our team will be able to match you with the perfect nanny just in time for Christmas. If you would like to discover more about our candidates then please browse our list of available temporary and emergency nannies.