How to hire a nanny

Admit it, finding the perfect person to care for your children can be difficult- particularly when you don’t know where to begin. With a list that takes you one step at a time, your nanny hiring experience is more likely to be successful!

DECIDE WHAT KIND OF NANNY YOU MAY NEED

Before hiring a nanny, you should jot down some of the specific qualities that you want your nanny to acquire. Questions you may want to ask yourself:
– What’s the desired level of education I want my nanny to have?
– How much experience must they have with children?
– How flexible must their schedule be?
These types of questions will help you find out what you like and give you more question ideas for interviews.

WRITE YOUR JOB DESCRIPTION WITH EXPECTED QUALITIES

When filling out your expected qualities you want to write down your dislikes. Dislikes may include things like:
– Bad driving history
– Cigarette smoking
– Outside employments
This will further help you weave out nannies that don’t fit the qualities you’d prefer. When hiring a nanny you want to make sure they have every aspect you desire. Have your job descriptions and qualifications prepared for posting on multiple hiring websites.

BEGIN YOUR NANNY HUNT

Begin your search for a nanny by posting your job description on different sites. Below is our website to get you started.
www.xtrapairofhands.com

Actual recommendations from friends or family could also go a long way in your nanny hiring process.

REVIEW RESUMES AND REFERENCES

I’m all for double checking facts first before just trusting anyone’s word. Before you proceed in your hiring process you’ll want to do a background check to make sure you’re selecting the right individual. This person is going to be around your children and you want to be sure that you, yourself, feels safe and comfortable with this individual. When it comes to references prepare your questions prior so you don’t miss any essential information you may need to know.

Questions could include the following:
– Is this person punctual?
– What are some strengths this person posses?
– How trustworthy is this person?
– Does this person keep their word?
Questions as such help you get a better idea of what kind of person you’re dealing with.

CONDUCT INTERVIEWS

Again, this is a time where you want to have your questions prepared ahead of time so you don’t miss any essential information. You may first want to conduct phone interviews asking major questions to eliminate some candidates who may not fit your idea of a nanny. Then in in-person interviews ask more questions about some of the those details and build a better relationship.

CREATE A NANNY AGREEMENT

As soon as you find someone who cleared their background check and you’re most comfortable with put it down in writing. A nanny contract is not a required legal document but will protect you and the nanny in the future come any confusion, disagreements and miscommunications. The workers agreement should include work hours, hourly pay and schedule, important dates, emergency contacts, benefits, child care routine, any health provisions, specific care duties etc.

HIRE A NANNY

You’ve gone through so much to get to this point where you’re finally comfortable with someone, so hire them! It’s as simple as that! In the end you’ll have a reliable person that you can count on to help make things a bit less complicated.

Author: NaQoyah Hogan