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My Nanny Quit – What Do I Do?

Your kids love your nanny. She gets along great with your family. She has invested time and energy into your home. Suddenly, she quits. You might be wondering what went wrong. You might feel pushed into panic mode because you’re left without a reliable childcare option. What can you do? Here are some options that can help ease the stress.

#1: Get creative in finding a short-term solution. Explain to your employer what happened and ask for a few days off to watch your children and find a new nanny or childcare option. If that’s not an option, turn to a trusted family member, friend or neighbor that can stand in temporarily. Talk to friends who already have a nanny in their home and see if a nanny share is a possibility for the short term. The process allows families to share the services of a nanny in one location, then split the cost of the nanny’s wages.

#2: Ask for recommendations. Finding the right nanny is a personal decision. However, it’s okay to recruit people you trust to help search for a new nanny. Send an e-mail or a group text message to your closest circle of friends and neighbors asking for suggestions and recommendations on nannies that could be a good fit for the job. You can also use social media like Facebook nanny groups to ask for suggestions, depending on if you’re comfortable with using those communication platforms. Many find professional nanny placement agencies to be an invaluable resource in a time like this. You can find some of the best in the country at the Association of Premier Nanny Agencies, or through the International Nanny Association.

#3: Communicate with your kids. Your kids spent quite a bit of time with their nanny. Nannies and children often bond quickly, so the sudden departure of a nanny can be very emotional for kids. Make sure you talk to your children about the reason the nanny is not working in your home (if you know what it is) and make sure they know it’s not because of them. Explain the situation to them in ways that they can understand.

#4: Keep the future in mind. As you start your hiring search, consider what qualities are most important in your next nanny. Think about things you can do to retain a qualified, caring nanny that will stay for the long-term. Maybe that means providing a more robust salary and benefits package or being more organized in how you manage your nanny’s employment. One of the best ways to stay organized is by hiring an experienced payroll service to provide accurate, timely payment and tax filing.

Our experienced team of payroll and tax specialists can help alleviate the stress that comes with hiring and training a new nanny in your home. Everything that we do at is designed to help make your life easier. You can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that your household employee is paid on time and that all tax filings are correct.

Reported with the permission from Home Work Solution (

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