Steps to Follow when Looking for a Nanny
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. Follow below steps when looking for the best nanny to hire.
Do not get a nanny to solve a current need. If a nanny says she want to work for a period of one or two months, continue with your search. 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.
Ask around for available caregivers from friends, family or referrals from previous nannies. After establishing one or two nannies that you want to hire, make a list and get ready for the interview process. One of the most important questions to ask the nanny is the years she has worked as a nanny as well as any criminal record. 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. Observe how she answers some of the questions to be able to know whether she will be good with 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. Call the referees provided in the CV and ask few good deed and bad deeds if any. Do a family background check to know more of the person you will be entrusting your kids with. Know where the nanny comes from. Ensure married nannies have been allowed to work by their spouse. Some agencies conduct a background check on caregivers at a considerable fee.
Prepare and sign the contract with the nanny before she starts the job. It is good to have it verified and endorsed by your attorney.
Agree on various policies such as off days depending on your availability. Also agree on other benefits such as medical cover, bonuses, etc., if available. When the nanny starts the job, put forward your expectations.
Discuss the do’s and don’ts during working hours. Conduct an induction training and teach her how to use various equipment, and ensure she meets everyone in the family to enable her feel welcomed and comfortable. Mention the working hours especially for nannies not living with you. A nanny cam is important to have in the house.