Are you wondering if you made the right decision? One of the key elements is to trust your gut instinct. If you had a great interview, received outstanding references from her former employers and had a great trial run, then you probably made the right decision. Also, don’t forget to make sure the nanny has a clear national criminal and sex offender background check as well as current CPR and First Aid certification. (more…)
When parents are looking for quality child care, often times the question arises; What is the difference between a nanny and a babysitter? A babysitter is someone that just comes on occasion usually for a date night here and there. You may use the same babysitter every time or have a list of different babysitters that you call. It is very common for a babysitter to have many families that they babysit for whereas a nanny usually has one main nanny job that is their primary source of income. Nannies in general, come to your home more regularly, and either work part time or full time and usually have a specific ongoing schedule. (more…)
The best place to find a nanny or babysitter is through word of mouth. Ask your friends, family and neighbors if they know of any good nannies and babysitters in your area. Most are willing to share a good babysitter since they are only using them occasionally when needed and it’s a nice gesture to give your babysitter referrals. If word of mouth doesn’t work to find a babysitter, try putting up a flyer at your church, local coffee shop or market. You can also look and see if any babysitters have left their phone numbers on the message boards for families to call. Another way to find a babysitter is to place a classified babysitter ad in your local newspaper. A great way to find a nanny or babysitter is through a reputable online nanny service, like NannyCare.com, where you will find a large pool of nannies and babysitters looking for jobs in your town. You can view their profiles with bios, work experience, references, reviews, qualifications and more. Most online nanny services also offer nanny background checks. (more…)
Should I pay the nanny a salary or should I pay the nanny hourly? The answer to this question depends on what type of child care services you need and if you are hiring a part time nanny, full time nanny or live in nanny. It also depends on how often the nanny will providing child care services for your household. In general, a full time nanny and/or live in nanny will often receive a salary whereas a part time nanny will receive an hourly wage.