Looking On The Bright Side of Nannies
January 15, 2018
Tips for Hiring the Best Caregiver
There are online sites and several nanny groups where people living in California can find a nanny. Use some of the senior care agencies that train and find jobs for nannies in California. For those who prefer to look for a nanny without using the nanny service agencies, below are steps to follow.
Concentrate on the future but not the current situation as to why you need a nanny. If a nanny says she want to work for a period of one or two months, continue with your search. You want a nanny that will stay long, without having to change them after every few months. A good caregiver will be there throughout the journey of bringing up the kids right from birth to all stages of development. Get a nanny who will care for the entire family and not the kids only.
Start by asking around from friends and family or previous nannies any available caregiver. Conduct interviews when you come up with a list of nannies. 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. Try to ask some of the unexpected questions. Just like any other career interview, ask an unexpected question, and out of the blues. Some of the questions to ask are what the caregiver would do in case of emergency. Observe how she answers some of the questions to be able to know whether she will be good with the kids. Discuss about the salary issue and let her state her expectations and table your offer too.
After getting the right nanny, before signing the contract, do a background check to know more about her. You can reach out to referees provided in the CV and ask a few questions regarding the caregiver you intend to hire. Do a family background check to know more of the person you will be entrusting your kids with. Know where the nanny resides. Find out from the next of kin if the nanny has been allowed to work, especially if she is married. Hire the agencies that do a nanny background check.
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. If you will be providing other benefits such as bonuses, inform the nanny. Explain to the caregiver what is expected of her immediately she starts the job.
Inform her of what she should and should not do. For easier bonding with the kids, introduce her to everyone, and conduct and induction training. Mention the working hours especially for nannies not living with you. If you find it right, have a nanny cam in the house.