Hiring a nanny can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be!
Nothing is more precious than the children in our lives. As much as we love them, though, we can’t be around them 24/7. So how do we go about finding in-home caretakers for our little ones? The best place to start is by asking around in your community. Check with your neighbors, church, nearby Moms Clubs, library, or local social media parenting groups.
After you’ve found a potential nanny to interview, what now? Simply read below for a nanny hunter’s survival guide with ten essential questions to ask for a pain-free process.
- Ask to see a resume with references. Look for any early child development education and first aid and/or CPR certification.
- Let them know you’ll be calling previous employers and references. When doing so, confirm things mentioned in the resume like the length of employment and also whether they would hire them again.
- Inquire why they are looking for a new position. Did they recently move or did things not work out with a previous employer?
- Will the candidate allow you to do a background check? I like using TransUnion’s Smartmove.com which costs around $30 but you can often find discount codes by doing an online search. You can also search the FBI’s national sex offender registry. There you can filter by name (or even address to see where offenders live right in your neighborhood).
- Ask why they want to be a nanny and what they like most and least about the profession. Listen to their philosophy on caretaking to get a sense of what drives them.
- How would they handle difficult situations like when your child is sick, has separation issues or is misbehaving?
- What would a typical day look like with your child? This is a good time to see if they can talk about crafts or games that have worked for well for them in the past to really screen the experienced nannies from the less seasoned ones.
- Do they have reliable transportation with insurance and room for a car seat?
- Are they able to follow your house rules and requirements? For instance, do you need light house cleaning? Need lunches prepared? Do they smoke?
- Are they available the times you need them and able to work within your budget? Consider your timeframes when you’ll need them – on a daily basis, as a live-in situation or just on the weekends. And let’s not forget money talks. You might need to consider paying more for a more experienced nanny or for the one you really want.
After asking all your questions and if you feel ready for the next step in the nanny hiring process, then have the candidate meet your child. This will give you both an opportunity to see if things are a good fit. See how they interact. If your child is old enough, ask them their thoughts on the potential nanny.
Some other things to consider when hiring a nanny are insurance and taxes.
Should an accident happen in your home – the nanny falls down your stairs and there are medical bills involved – well, you’ll want to make sure you’re covered beforehand. So, check with your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance provider to see how that could play out.
I hope this gives you a nice guide on what to consider when finding a nanny and I would love to hear your feedback on what has worked for you. Or share this with a friend who is in need of a parent helper…who couldn’t use one of those?!