Thank Your Household Employees By Investing In Their Professional Development 

Household staff are critical members of any home; it’s critical to make sure they feel supported. In addition to many of the standard employment benefits like paid time off and health insurance, many employers are now offering funds and days off to be used towards professional development. This week, we’re sharing the benefits of investing in your team’s professional development, as well as our top choices for courses and conferences. 

Show Your Household Staff You Support Them

Offering benefits, such as classes and training, shows your staff that you care about them and their future. Demonstrating your interest in their career as a whole can boost morale and trust. For example, if you have an older child and are expecting a new baby, you might register your nanny for a newborn class to brush up on infant care. This sends the message that you care about the nanny’s long-term success and wish for her skills to evolve with your growing family; this encourages longevity and flexibility. 

Grow Their Network

Conferences, such as the International Nanny Association Annual Conference are a great way for nannies to network, meet others in their industry, and take courses to grow professionally – plus they can be a nice break from their day-to-day routine. Encourage your staff to to join a professional network, such as The Personal Assistant Network or The Association of Celebrity Personal Assistants;these organizations host events, share resources, and can give your staff member a network of like-minded support. 

Keep Up With Best Practices

 Society’s approach to childcare, cleaning products, and nutrition has changed drastically over the years – it’s important your staff has the most up to date information. This is especially true in childcare where safety practices change frequently and staff need to be up to date. 

Better Skills Benefit Your Family and Keep Them Safe

A nanny equipped with up-to-date skills is better prepared to care for your child and deal with any emergencies that might come up. If you have a young child in the house, you might consider training all staff members on infant CPR or aquatic safety. Even the best trained staff might need a refresher every few years on safety skills they don’t use often, such as CPR.


Professional Development Recommendations
International Nanny Association Annual Conference Red Cross: Child and Baby First AidRed Cross: Swimming and Water SafetyNewborn Care Solutions Foundational CourseDanielle Bujnak’s Respectful Care for Infants and ToddlersChild Passenger Safety Technician TrainingPersonal Assistant Network (often host events)