Hiring a nanny is a necessity for many parents, but it can be a source of anxiety. You want to choose someone who is experienced, who shares your philosophy on childrearing, and who can build a strong relationship with your children. You also need to do your due diligence to make sure you hire someone who will keep your children safe.
Before you begin interviewing candidates and conducting background checks, define the role of the nanny. Figure out the hours of the position, whether you want the nanny to drive your children to activities, what other responsibilities you want the person to perform, and what training you want the nanny to have.
You can advertise the position on your own or search for candidates through an agency. If you go through a service, you will need to pay a fee.
Interview prospective nannies. Prepare a list of questions about experience, childrearing philosophy, discipline, and activities. Be prepared to answer questions from applicants.
Ask for references from past employers. Ask how long the nanny worked for them, their experience with the person, how the nanny handled stressful situations, and whether they would recommend the nanny.
You should verify information about the nanny’s education, work experience, and employment eligibility. Conduct a criminal background check. If the nanny will be driving your children, check motor vehicle records. Be sure to have candidates sign a form authorizing you to conduct a background check.
Once you have identified one or more finalists, have them meet your children. See how each candidate interacts with your children and how your children react to them. If your children are old enough, ask them for their opinions of the prospective nannies. You might want to schedule a trial run for a day or two before you make a final offer.
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