The Ultimate Guide to Nannies

Points to Note when Looking for a Nanny to Hire.

You can always find a nanny from online nanny groups as well as through nanny service California sites. The best place, however, to find a caregiver will be through a nanny service agency that trains caregivers and help them find jobs. For those who prefer to look for a nanny without using the nanny service agencies, below are steps to follow.

Think of the long-term reasons why you require a nanny. Avoid getting a nanny who insists she is only interested in working for a short time. Changing caregivers now and then is not good even for the kids. A good caregiver will be there throughout the journey of bringing up the kids right from birth to all stages of development. The caregiver should take care of the whole family, not just the kids.

By word of mouth, share with your friends that you need a nanny or your previous caregivers. Conduct interviews when you come up with a list of nannies. Among the most important are the years of services, any past criminal record, etc. Do not ask the most obvious question as the nanny will be prepared. Try to ask questions out of the blue. Try to get answers like what the nanny would do in cases of an emergency like kids getting sick, etc. The answers the caregiver provides are enough proof of whether she will be good for the kids. Let the nanny give her expected salary figure as well as the amount you intend to pay her.

After getting the right nanny, before signing the contract, do a background check to know more about her. Referees in her CV will be in a position to give information regarding their experience with the caregiver. A caregiver is someone who will be taking care of your family and your kids, therefore a background check on her family is also important. Know where the nanny comes from. Find out from the next of kin if the nanny has been allowed to work, especially if she is married. Some agencies conduct a background check on caregivers at a considerable fee.
Sign a contract with the nanny when she start working and let each party retain a copy. It is good to have it verified and endorsed by your attorney.

Come to an agreement with the nanny regarding important days such as sick off, weekly off day, annual leave etc. Also agree on other benefits such as medical cover, bonuses, etc., if available. Clearly state your expectations when the nanny starts working.

Outline what she should do and what she should not do during working hours. Welcome the nanny well, introduce her to everyone to make her feel like part of the family and train her on what she does not know like the use of equipment around the house. Mention the working hours especially for nannies not living with you. If need be, install a nanny camera in your house.