Choosing a nanny may not be avoidable for many busy parents, but it must never be done shabbily. This is because the things your child learn from childhood are the things that make him or her. You can not afford to allow just anyone to be an influence on your child. You have to look out properly and make the right choice.
So, speaking of looking out and choosing carefully, here are some guidelines to ensure that you do just that and your child is safe both now and in future.
- Take recommendations from friends and family. You may not have the luxury of time to start digging into each nanny’s history, and doing background checks on tens of people that might eventually apply for the position. So, the easiest and best option is to ask your friends and family to refer you to someone they have had an experience with, and that they trust. This will save you a lot of stress and it can also reduce the queue of applicants, since you only need one.
- Go to an agency. Sometimes the friends and family option may not work, especially when you do not have many people who have had to do this before you, so another option to consider is going to an agency. Agencies are registered, and they only employ qualified nannies. So, you can trust them. All they need to do is ti get your information and preferences and link you up with the perfect match for you. You can also request for a couple of recommendations, so that you can make your choice by yourself.
- Always ask for nannies experienced in taking care of kids like yours. Something must stand your child out. These things could be a special need or special behavior
- r or feature. When choosing a nanny, you must look for someone who has successfully handled a situation with a child like yours before. Don’t take chances with inexperienced nannies.
- Always do a short interview over the phone before inviting them for a physical interview. This can help you to reduce the number of persons you have to invite for the interview as you can begin to deduce what the person is about from a well-structured phone call conversation.
- Do a background check before finally choosing a nanny. As said earlier, background checks may be tedious, when you have to do it on every single nanny you come across. So, after your list must have been doing it to three or two nannies, do a background check on them. You may have to pay a professional to do it for you, but it would be worth it. You need to know what people are saying about them and what their history at the job is.
This may seem hard if you just launch out to look for a nanny without a plan or a goal. So, you must have set a goal for yourself which would include the age range, religion, temperament, qualifications, gender, language, proximity, etc. These will give your search direction and make the job easier.