1. Interview and Observation
Explore why this nanny wants to be a nanny. Has she been a nanny before? What makes her interested in your particular job vs. somebody else’s job. How does the nanny feel about working long hours? Being a full time nanny is much different from part time nanny responsibilities, babysitting or working at a pre-school/day care. Is the nanny genuine and sincere? Is she warm, caring, attentive and responsive to your child?
Take enough time to get to know her. Most interviews are at least an hour long. See if she is comfortable with your family and if she is trying to make a connection with your child during the interview.
Does she give you a resume, and reference phone numbers? Does she seem organized?
Did the nanny look you in the eye or look up or away when she was answering your questions? Even if the nanny is telling the truth, it may say that she isn’t the best in the communication department.
2. Ask all potential nannies to give you examples of the following:
3. Ask a lot of “what if” questions. For example:
4. Always check references and work history
5. Be sure to background check your nanny.
6. Trust your instincts! Hire someone that you like and who you click with. This person will become part of your family. And, of course, hire someone whom your children like.
7. Once you have found a good nanny, remember to:
Remember, good nanny care is based on communication and partnership! Your child is the most important thing to you, so put effort into establishing a healthy relationship with the person who will be with your prized possession!
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