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

What To Verify From Your Caregiver

  • Verify a caregiver’s identity to ensure that the candidate is using real identification through a background check. This can be verified 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 instead of speaking with real references.
  • Verify public records, educational history, as well as credentials and licenses.

Background Checks

  • Perform an extensive background check on 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. Nothing is 100% but you will want to verify the nanny’s social security number and run a National Criminal and Sex Offender Records search (this is a database search).
  • You should also conduct in-house county criminal searches in all the main cities the nanny has resided in (it is highly recommended that you do all cities the nanny has lived in for the past 7 years). It is also recommended that you also run a Department of Motor Vehicles search to make sure the nanny hasn’t had extensive accidents or a DUI/DWI. This is especially important if your nanny will be driving your children around. All of this will help ensure that the nanny you have hired has nothing criminal in her past.
  • Also, be sure to check all aliases the caregiver has used. only runs a preliminary background check on each nanny, which can be a good indicator of a candidate’s history but does not indicate a thorough background check. Additional background checks like the ones mentioned above can be purchased a la carte.

You May Also Consider

  • 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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