Nanny Care recommends that parents do the following to ensure the safety of their children.

  • Verify a caregiver’s identity to ensure that the candidate is using real and accurate identification. This can be done by asking for a caregiver’s social security card, driver’s license and another form of photo ID.
  • Verify at least 3 work references and 2 personal references. Be careful not to accept letters of recommendation in lieu of speaking with real references.
  • Verify educational history as well as credentials and licenses.
  • Perform a National Criminal Record search so that you can be sure that the caregiver has nothing criminal on their record. Be sure to check all aliases the caregiver has used. Do this for at least the past seven years, depending upon applicable state laws.
  • Perform a National sex offender registry search. • Review the candidate’s driving record. It is important to know if the caregiver has had extensive tickets, accidents or a DUI/DWI on their record.
  • Perform a background check for any caregiver or in-home helper that works in your home. This includes nannies, babysitters, temporary or vacation nannies, doulas, baby nurses, caregivers and housekeepers.
  • In addition to these screenings, you may wish to consider obtaining a credit report as well as conducting a civil records search, which would expose lawsuits, liens and judgments.
  • Comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and all other applicable local, state and federal laws.

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