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Interview Tips and Trialing 101

Navigating the world of childcare can be daunting at times, especially when it involves a new family. After the well-deserved sigh of relief that comes from a successful interview, we reach the all-important trial phase. During the trial, we are introduced to new charges whom we’ve often never met. NOW WHAT?! How do we form a connection with children we don’t know? For some of us the answer is simple, for others it’s baffling. Regardless of how many trials we’ve experienced, there’s always room for improvement.

Let’s start with the basics, nanny trialing 101. Your attitude before you enter the house guides your emotions and sets the background on which you’ll build an outstanding trial. Belief in yourself, a can-do mindset, and a winning smile help ensure a positive outcome. You should always take time prior to meeting a new family to remind yourself of all your amazing qualities. By doing this, you're pushing these aspects of your personality to the front, allowing you to showcase them to a future family. Alright, we’ve got a positive attitude? Yes! Now let’s go meet these new kiddos!

During a trial, there can be a lot going through your head. Advice provided by the agency, from friends and fellow nannies, memories of past trials, and good old basic instincts. Feeling foggy from the multitude of thoughts makes it difficult to connect with new children. Now is the time to trust your instincts and your previous experiences. Remember, the agency thinks you are a good match for the family and you “passed” the interview. This is the time for you to shine in your own way. Rather than try to read the situation and provide what you think the family is looking for, be yourself! Acting naturally and showing who you are will make the trial more comfortable and successful!


We’ve found these tips help create great trials:

  • Ask lots of questions: most kids love to share information about themselves.

  • Plan an activity: a quick way to bond is through teamwork. (Crafts and games are great!)

  • Don’t be afraid to be proactive: see something out of place? Fix it. Think Bobby is getting hungry? Prompt the parents for a snack.

  • Share details about yourself: the kids want to get to know you too!

  • Professional is great, but relatable is better: Your interview showed professionalism, the trial is a glimpse of daily you.

  • Always be hands-on: dive right into the moment, act as though this isn’t your first day.


Going to a trial isn’t always easy, especially because you’re walking into a new situation. Armed with these tips, you can begin a trial with confidence and actively create a bond with new children.


Thanks for taking the time to read and good luck at your next trial!

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