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Trialling your French Nanny

Important information about trialling your French-speaking Nanny

What is a trial period?

A nanny trial is like a test day where the nanny candidate spends time with your family, experiencing a regular day's activities. It helps you see how well they handle various tasks, from safety concerns to engaging with the children. It's a practical way to assess if they're a good fit for your family beyond what an interview can reveal. It is a fantastic way to assess compatibility with your French-speaking nanny. It allows you to observe how well the nanny integrates into your family's routine and communicates with your children in French.

How long does the trial period last?

The trial period typically lasts from a few hours to two full days. This duration provides ample time for your family to observe the nanny's approach to childcare and assess whether the match aligns with your family's needs and preferences.

What can I expect from my French nanny during the trial period?

You can expect your French-speaking to perform her duties diligently, including caring for your child, maintaining routines, and fulfilling responsibilities. The nanny should be able communicate effectively, interact with your child positively, adapt to needs, take initiative, be responsible and punctual and contribute to an overall comfortable family dynamic. In terms of language, you can expect your French-speaking nanny to engage you child in daily conversations, create an immersive French environment, integrate language into educational activities, encourage responses in French, and provide positive reinforcement for language efforts.

Can I trial a French nanny who lives abroad?

At French Nanny Agency, we understand the importance of finding the right French-speaking nanny for your child. While the trial, primarily focuses on local placements, we can explore the possibility of arranging a trial with a French-speaking nanny who lives abroad. Please contact our team to discuss specific details and arrangements for such cases.

What if the trial is not conclusive?

If you find that the initial match is not the perfect fit, we will work with you to explore alternative candidates that better align with your preferences.

What happens after the trial period?

At the conclusion of the trial period, we value your feedback. If you decide to continue with the French nanny, we will guide you through the next steps to establish a long-term arrangement. If you choose not to continue, we will assist in finding an alternative solution that suits your family's needs.

Legal considerations for the nanny trial period

Ensuring a clear understanding of legal and contractual aspects during the trial period is essential for a smooth and transparent arrangement. Here are key considerations:

  • Confidentiality Agreement and NDA:

Discuss the importance of maintaining confidentiality about your family's personal matters and information. Clearly outline expectations regarding privacy and discreet handling of sensitive information. 

  • Terms of Payment:

Clearly define the terms of payment for the trial period. This includes discussing the hourly rate or any agreed-upon compensation, as well as the frequency and method of payment. A transparent discussion about payment details avoids misunderstandings.

  • Work Hours and Schedule:

Specify the expected work hours and schedule for the trial period. This includes start and end times, breaks, and any flexibility required. Clarity on scheduling ensures that both you and the nanny have aligned expectations.

  • Trial Period Duration:

Clearly state the duration of the trial period. Whether it's a half day, a full day, or multiple days, having a defined timeframe helps in managing expectations and planning.

  • Responsibilities and Duties:

Clearly define the responsibilities and duties expected from the nanny during the trial period. This ensures that both parties have a shared understanding of the caregiver's role and the tasks involved.

  • Legal Compliance:

Ensure that the trial period adheres to legal requirements and regulations. This may include tax considerations, work authorisation, visas and any other legal obligations relevant to employing a caregiver.

Check our dedicated French Nanny Hire Toolkit​ for more resources on hiring a nanny. 

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