I think that as much as we ask nannies to hold themselves accountable to higher standards, it is also very important that nanny agencies hold themselves to higher standards, as well.
I believe that very good nanny placement agencies provide impeccable services to both families and nannies. However, some other agencies need to look at how they conduct business. Perhaps nanny placement personnel need to let families know when their job responsibilities are not realistic. When agencies fail to tell families the truth, they are basically setting the nanny that accepts this job up for failure. While the decision to accept a job is ultimately made by the nanny, “hard” times often force individuals to do whatever is necessary to survive, which sometimes means accepting jobs that they know are not ideal.
The business of nannies is the care, safety, and well-being of children.
How can an agency place a nanny in a job where she not only works with two very young children in a household but also has to cook, clean, and ensure that the entire family’s laundry is done, beds are made, and children are properly cared for? What is even more alarming is the fact that these extra duties are often piled on when we are already talking about children that may need special attention. The business of nannies is the care, safety, and well-being of children. The children’s needs come first; everything else can and really must wait!