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How to Write a Letter of Reference for the Nanny

by Bronwyn Timmons

Whether your nanny is leaving to work for another family or to pursue a different career path, a strong letter of reference can help further her professional endeavors. As her employer, you have first-hand knowledge of her work ethic, reliability and professionalism, making you an ideal source for a solid recommendation on her behalf. Your letter of reference should highlight your nanny's qualifications and strengths – and convince other employers to hire her.

Length

Traditional recommendation letters are four to five paragraphs long and written in essay format. Your letter should contain an introduction that tells the reader about your relationship with your nanny, how long you've known her and some information regarding your own credentials. The letter should have two or three paragraphs that cover your nanny's qualifications, as well as a strong conclusion that explains why your nanny would be the best person for the job she's applying for.

Voice and Tone

Your reference letter should be written in the first person and speak from your own experience. However, it should be written professionally and formal in tone. Incorporate strong vocabulary and keywords that are likely to stand out to the reader in a positive way.

Facts and Anecdotes

When writing about your nanny's experience, give a few detailed examples about her performance. Discuss ways she's improved your child's life or has exceeded your expectations as her employer. For example, highlight that she voluntarily tutored your child to help him pass a test or talk about creative outings she's planned and supervised with your kids. Give specific examples that speak to her professionalism. For example, state that she's never been late while working for you or that she's willingly stayed late with your children when you were running behind at work. Be factual throughout your letter and avoid embellishing the truth.

Skills and Abilities

In addition to personal anecdotes, your reference letter should highlight your nanny's strengths, skills and abilities. For example, mention that she has strong organization and time management skills, or that she's a natural leader and motivator. If your nanny is applying for another childcare job, cater the letter to present skills and abilities that are directly related to caring for children. For example, discuss her ability to prepare nutritious meals, plan education outings and keep children focused and on task. If she's applying for a job outside of childcare, highlight more versatile skills that she can use in another industry.

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