How to find the best nanny for your family?
Finding the right nanny can be challenging enough for everyone. How do you know the person who’s going to look after your children is the right choice for you and your family?
First and most importantly, decide what you need, before advertising the position. It’s wise to sit down with your partner and children to decide what you expect from a nanny. Ask friends and family if they can recommend a nanny in your area. If they don’t know anyone off-hand, maybe they can put the word out to some of their close friends. Personal recommendations are often the most reliable. If you don’t get any recommendations, then look into the most reputable nanny agencies in your vicinity. If your child has special needs, make sure you find a nanny who has experience in those areas. It’s important to have a background check done on the nanny you’re looking to hire. Make a shortlist of applicants and arrange interviews. You’ll be able to get a better idea of the person when you meet them in person. Prepare questions and ask them about their experience, interests and qualifications. For instance, you could ask them what they would do if there’s a medical crisis. If you want and you’re children are up for it, they could also meet the applicant. Have a contract drawn up in which your expectations and demands are clearly explained such as leave, expenses, payment for overtime and when and how the contract may be ended. Instead of just appointing someone for a period of a year or longer, have a test run of a month to see if they work out.
Remember, a good nanny should be able to help educate your kids, understand basic health care and nutrition, drive them safely from place to place, and be a loving companion.
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