It is recommended that families interview nannies for the first time at a local coffee shop or other safe place. If the in-person meeting goes well, you should call all the nanny’s references. If the nanny’s references have nothing but good things to say, it’s a good idea to have the nanny come to your home to see the work environment and meet the children. Parent’s should never leave the nanny alone with the children unless they’ve ran a thorough background check first. It’s also smart to look at the nanny’s social media pages to get a glimpse of who they are.
Families should always conduct a thorough background check on any nanny or babysitter they hire. The recommended background check for nannies and caregivers is one that includes a Social Security number verification, a National criminal database search, a National sex offender registry search, county criminal searches in every city the nanny has resided in for the past 7 years, a Federal search in the main county the nanny has resided in during the past 7 years and a Department of Motor Vehicles Search to make sure they haven’t had any DUI/DWI’s, extensive tickets or accidents. This is especially important if they will be driving the children around. You can also ask the nanny to give you a copy of her DMV records and car insurance.
It is very important that your nanny have current CPR and First Aid. It is recommended that all caregivers take a class, whether it’s your first time or you just need to freshen up. It is also recommended for all parents (especially new parents). NannyCare.com has partnered with ProTrainings.com to offer it’s members great deals on online CPR and First Aid classes. Our special rate for the ProFirstAid online class (adult, child, and infant CPR and First aid certification) is only $34.95.
NannyCare.com has put together sample tools and forms to help you safely find your nanny. These forms include sample interview questions, sample reference calling questions, a sample nanny contract, sample background check release form, medical release forms and orientation forms. It is a great idea to use these forms since they have been formed by a nanny agency expert who has been placing nannies for almost 20 years. We’ve also included several articles on the website that are safety related and very informative. Click here to see all of our sample forms.
There are different types of nannies. Some examples include college-aged nannies, grandmother nannies, retired teachers, baby nurses, night nannies, housekeeper nannies, and babysitters. It is important to decide prior to your search which type of nanny is the best fit for you and your family. Keep in mind that a college-aged nanny is probably not […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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