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Accepting the right nanny position is a huge decision, since most families want or expect a year long commitment from the nanny. If you make the wrong choice, you may end up being miserable. Take a look at the following tips while considering a nanny position.
A nanny’s main responsibility is to care for the employer’s children, always providing a safe, healthy, learning and loving environment. (more…)
Finding the perfect nanny isn’t always easy but if you follow these steps it will shorten the process.
Analyze your own situation and figure out what your needs are. Think about whether you want the nanny to live in or out, how many hours you’d like the nanny to work, what the schedule will be, what type of nanny your looking for (college aged or older), and what type of duties the nanny will be doing (housework, driving the children, errands, feeding the pets etc). If you plan on using a nanny agency, you will definitely want to know these things before you call since they will ask you all of these questions right away. Also, consider what hourly rate or salary you are comfortable paying the nanny. Once you get all the details figured out, it’s time to start looking for a nanny. (more…)
There are many pros to hiring a live in nanny, especially if you need care for your children that is not on a set schedule. Most live in nannies work when they are needed, although they do appreciate some kind of set hours. Live in nannies are generally there when you need them. A live in nanny generally receives free room and board as well as use of the family car. They are usually paid a weekly salary of around $500/wk for 40-50 hours. Live in nannies are usually willing to help with housework and cooking. They are great for families that need someone that can lend a hand with whatever is needed. Families do need to be careful not to overwork the live in nanny. Just because she lives there does not mean that she is supposed to work 24/7. They will still need breaks and time off. Most live in nannies request 2 days off per week. You will also need to be careful not to put too much on the nanny’s plate. If you expect her to do everything (childcare, housekeeping, cooking, pets etc.) she may feel tired, overwhelmed, unappreciated and quit. (more…)
This really depends on the nanny. Some nannies are more than happy to help you out around the house, as long as it does not interfere with caring for the children. Other nannies are adamant about not doing any housework. You will need to ask the nanny during her interview how she feels about this subject. You will also want to ask her references the same question. Many nannies will tell you that they don’t mind just to get the job but you will soon find out that the chores are either not being done or are getting done with little effort. If you are looking for a “housekeeper/nanny” make sure you are straight forward in your ads and during the interview. Nannies get very upset when they are hired to be a nanny and are then given a laundry list of housekeeping duties. Make sure you go over exactly what type of housekeeping you need since you may have different ideas about what heavy or light housekeeping entails. You will also want to be clear on how much cooking and laundry is needed. (more…)
Many issues are not easy to see coming, especially when families have so many other things going, like juggling kids, after school activities, work and running the home. It’s easy to put nanny issues on the back burner. Parents may not realize that the nanny is taking on much more work than she originally signed up for, whether it’s intentional or not. Some nannies may not express that they are feeling overwhelmed or unappreciated until they up and suddenly quit. One way to avoid this is by completing a nanny work agreement (nanny contract) with your nanny so that there are no misunderstandings of any kind. Click Here for NannyCare.com’s sample nanny work agreement. (more…)
Never leave a nanny or any caregiver alone with a child without doing a thorough pre-employment background check. You should be able to get a national criminal and sex offender background check with social security number verification, name alias search and address history all for under $100. NannyCare.com has partnered with USSearch.com to offer you great prices. The nanny will need to run her own department of motor vehicle search, which can be done through through a company like USSearch.com or she can request a copy from the DMV for less than ten dollars.
A nanny or babysitter should always provide you with at least 3 references that you can call and speak with. If they also provide you with the family’s e-mail, make sure you get a chance to talk parent to parent since e-mails can be orchestrated. If they have less than a year or two of experience then they may only have 2 references. This may be sufficient since they are still building on their experience. Here are some tips to guide you through the process.
Calling the reference: The Introduction (more…)
Before jumping into the world of being a nanny, it is wise to take a moment to determine if the nanny profession is right for you. Here are a few factors that nannies should consider:
-Nannies must love children and genuinely enjoy being around them.
-Nannies must be a calm, patient person who does not have a temper. Being around children for extended periods of time can easily become nerve racking and overwhelming (just ask any mom), so you really need to assess your personality traits prior to diving into the nanny world. (more…)
It is recommended for nannies to undergo a national background check on themselves if they want to be taken seriously by the family. This simple process lets the family know that the nanny understands the importance of having a clear record when working with children and shows a sense of preparedness. Think of it this way – in most occasions, it is a $50-$100 investment that will benefit you and help you in your profession. Most families will want to run a social security search, a National Criminal Database search, in-house county criminal searches in the main cities you’ve lived in for the past 7 years, a sex offender search and a Department of Motor Vehicles search. You can have that search or one like it done here at USSearch.com. If you already have this done, the family will be very impressed. It is the same with CPR certification. When you have these things, the family sees you as a professional, cautious nanny ready to start work. It is also a fact that over 80% of nannies who already have a background check and CPR and First Aid will be contacted more-so than a nanny without these qualifications. Some nannies may wait for the family to hire them and then let the family pay for the checks, but in a competitive nanny job market, (more…)