We no longer need our beloved nanny anymore now that our kids are older. We want to help her find an awesome family to work for. Do we just list our name as a reference, or what’s the protocol here?
Trying to Do The Right Thing
Your nanny needs a recommendation letter, although she might feel weird asking for one.
“Write a letter about how amazing I am,” says no one ever (at least not without feeling awkward).
No one wants to have to ask someone to write them a letter of recommendation. This is even more true in an industry like childcare, where formalities like these are a rarity. But having a glowing letter of recommendation can make or break a nanny’s next career move.
As a nanny agency that requires every caregiver to have at least 2 letters of recommendation, we want recommendation letters to become a standard practice. That’s where you come in.
So to the kind, thoughtful, and generous families like yours, we say this:
When your nanny’s position comes to an end, write her a heartfelt recommendation letter whether she asks for one or not.
Take the time to be specific. The more examples you provide, the better.
Here’s one of our favorite letters that a DNB family wrote about one of our caregivers, Pam:
It took one day for Pam to get placed with another family. One. The family that hired her said that they knew she was great when they met her, but it was the letter that sealed the deal.
Your recommendation letter may convince another family to make an offer, or it may just bring a smile to her face. Either way, it’s one of the most supportive last things you can do for someone who cared for your children so dearly.