How to Write a Letter of Recommendation for a Nanny

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How to Write a Letter of Recommendation for a Nanny
Write a Letter of Recommendation for a Nanny

If your beloved nanny is moving on, or if your children are too old to need her services, you can show your gratitude to her by writing an excellent, thought-out letter of recommendation. This letter will likely be the nanny's greatest tool when searching for new employment, so you want to be sure it's organized and well-written.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    Begin with a general salutation, such as "Dear Sir or Madame." This might seem impersonal, but it allows the nanny to make several copies of the letter to use on multiple job interviews.

  2. 2

    Choose three or four of your nanny's positive traits you want to highlight. They can include her organizational skills, warm and loving nature, attentiveness and energy. Pick the traits that meant the most to you as a parent.

  3. 3

    Start the first paragraph describing the trait. The second and following sentences should give a specific example of that trait. End the paragraph discussing how this trait will benefit the new family. Remember you're writing this letter as a parent to another parent.

  4. 4

    Repeat Step 3 for the other traits until you've covered them all. Write as concisely as you can, being sure not to ramble.

  5. 5

    Include a quote from your child about why he loved the nanny or his favorite activity with her.

  6. 6

    End the letter with an offer to contact you if the potential employers have any questions or would like a more thorough reference.

  7. 7

    Sign the letter with blue or black ink. Make sure your name is also typed with a phone number and email address where you can be reached.

Tips and warnings

  • Be sure to spell check the letter before printing it. Ask another person to proofread it to catch errors that might be missed by spell check and make sure it is clearly written.
  • Type the letter--don't write it by hand, which is unprofessional and can be difficult to read.

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