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If this is your first time looking for a full time nanny job, don't be surprised if the family wants to hire you for a trial period before making any employment commitment. Don't take it personally; it's really not that unusual. Families looking for a nanny need to be one hundred percent certain that they've made the right choice. It's a good idea to use that trial period to really make a good impression. Many office jobs hire staff for term periods or probationary periods, and this really isn't much different. However, it's a good idea to keep your profile open (if you're using an online nanny employment database) until you've signed a nanny work agreement. Until then, you shouldn't assume the family is going to hire you.
Before you agree to a short-term work trial, make sure the family plans to compensate you for your time. Until they're certain they want to hire you, the family might want to pay you a little less, with the agreement that you'll receive a full wage once their decision to hire has been made. Remember, you have rights and while it's a good idea to remain flexible, you have bills to pay too! You also have rights and if you do a week's worth of work, you should be compensated for it.