When the time comes to hiring a nanny, anxiety settles. You feel lost. You don’t know if you will be able to find someone to your liking. Your child’s safety is the most important thing in the world right now. One sentence keeps wondering in your mind: I cannot mess this up! It is entirely understandable. That is why I want to help you. There are many steps towards hiring a nanny, but here are a few suggestions that I believe to be the most important.
I want to help you. There are many steps towards hiring a nanny, but here are a few suggestions that I believe to be the most important. You can add up anything you want; it’s your plan. However, make sure to include these steps.
Define your expectations!
You must know exactly what you are looking for. Do you want a full-time nanny or just a part-time? Do you want a stay in nanny or you would like her to go home every night? You must know all these things before start looking. Your chances of finding the right nanny are far greater if you know all the traits you seek. So make sure to establish all this at the beginning of the process.
Start looking for candidates!
People usually find their nannies going through the ads. It’s not a bad idea. It works most of the times. However, I believe that the safest way to find candidates is through nanny agencies. Chances are the people from the company already vetted their candidates. You will do a background check yourself at a certain point anyway, but two are better than one. Am I right?
Conduct the interviews!
Anyone can look better on paper. But you have to know intimately the person who will take care of your baby. You must see the way she talks, her thoughts and opinions on fundamental principles after which you guide your child’s education. After all, depending on your career, the nanny will spend more time with your child than yourself. You must make sure that you both are on the same page.
Do a reference check!
In my opinion, the reference check is one of the most useful tools. The candidate can look great on paper, she can say all the right things during an interview, but to truly see how a person is, ask the previous employers. They will be able to tell you everything you need to know: behavioral problems, vices, trust issues. As a parent, you must know all this before hiring someone to be your child’s keeper. After all, that is why references have been invented; for these particular situations.
Conduct a background check!
It wouldn’t hurt! Trust me when I say this, but knowing if a person has a clear criminal record goes a long way. No nanny will ever disclose this aspect in her resume. It doesn’t have to be something big. But even simple misdemeanors can show a slight problem with authority. To conduct a background check, you can either check public records or hire a company that does that on a regular basis. Some agencies can provide background information for you. For a fee, of course.
Nobody is telling how to hire a nanny for your child, but if I were you, I would at least listen to any suggestion anyone may have. Experience goes a long way and this is not the time to be proud. You have to do anything to keep your child safe. Following these tips will surely help you on that path.