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Planning the perfect holiday with a Nanny

Going on a holiday with your family can be a delightful experience, but it can also be quite challenging when you have young children to take care of. To ensure that everyone enjoys the trip, many families opt to travel with a nanny or caregiver. Preparing for a holiday with a nanny involves careful planning and communication to make the trip as smooth and enjoyable as possible. In this article, we will discuss how to prepare a holiday with a nanny, ensuring that both parents and children have a wonderful time.


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  • Selecting the right nanny

The first and foremost step is to choose the right nanny for your trip. Look for someone experienced in caring for children, especially during travel. Conduct interviews, check references, and ensure that they are comfortable with the destination and its demands.

  • Clear communication

Open and honest communication with your nanny is vital. Discuss your expectations, roles, and responsibilities during the trip. Make sure both you and your nanny have a clear understanding of their duties, such as meal preparation, bedtime routines, and handling any potential emergencies.

  • Plan together

Involve your nanny in the planning process from the beginning. Discuss the destination, accommodation, and activities. Their input can be valuable, as they may have insights on child-friendly options and specific requirements.

  • Packing essentials

Collaborate with your nanny to create a checklist of essential items. This should include everything from clothes and diapers to toys, snacks, and first-aid supplies. Ensure you have the necessary travel documents for your nanny if required.

  • Nanny's accommodation

Consider your nanny's accommodation. They will need a private space to rest and recharge, so look for accommodation options that provide a separate room or a suitable place for them to sleep.

  • Establish a schedule

Create a daily schedule for your trip that includes meal times, nap times, and any planned activities. Share this schedule with your nanny so that they can stick to the routine as closely as possible.

  • Emergency plan

Discuss an emergency plan with your nanny. Provide them with a list of important contact numbers, such as your phone number, a local doctor or hospital, and any other relevant contacts. Also, ensure your nanny knows the location of the nearest embassy or consulate.

  • Backup plan

In case your nanny falls ill or is unable to fulfill their duties, have a backup plan in place. Know where to find local babysitting services or have a trusted family member or friend who can assist if necessary.

  • Share responsibilities

Even though you have hired a nanny, remember to share the responsibilities and enjoy quality family time. You don't want your nanny to feel overburdened, and it's essential to bond with your children during the trip.

  • Review and feedback

Throughout the trip, maintain open communication with your nanny. Ask for their feedback and address any concerns promptly. After the trip, have a debriefing session to discuss what went well and what could be improved for future trips.


Planning a holiday with a nanny can be a fantastic way to ensure that both parents and children have a memorable and stress-free vacation. Choosing the right nanny, establishing clear communication, and involving them in the planning process are key steps to success. By taking these measures and being prepared, you can look forward to a vacation that is enjoyable, relaxing, and truly unforgettable for the entire family.


Marine, mother and founder of St Pancras Recruitment

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