How To Hire A Nanny
by: Mary Williams
Hiring a nanny is one of the best solutions. People may
consider daycare instead of nanny. So which choice is better than another?
Why would you choose to hire a nanny instead of using a daycare? Here are
some questions you should ask yourself as well as what you should look
for when choosing a nanny for your children.
In some parentsí eyes, daycares are less favorable than
a nanny. Some parents feel the personal attention a nanny can give to their
children is a valuable service many daycares are not capable of providing
due to the number of children in their care. Another reason that families
choose nannies is for the convenience of having the childcare available
outside of standard daycare operating hours. A nanny will become an integral
part of the family so choosing wisely is an important step to selecting
the best nanny for your children.
What should you consider then?
1. Do you want a live-in nanny, day time nanny, full-time,
part-time or on call? What is your budget? Will you want the nanny to clean
the house, cook meals or transport your children to after school activities
or play dates? What other responsibilities are you looking for in a nanny?
2. Will you allow smoking or visitors in your home during
the care period? Do you care if the nanny speaks your native language or
any other language? Au pairs are commonly younger women from foreign countries;
is it important to you to have a caregiver from your locality?
3. What is the rate? Before you start looking for a nanny
you should find out what the local rates are and determine if you can afford
the care you are looking for. Perhaps making arrangements with another
family to share a nanny will better suit your budget. If you choose to
share a nanny you will also need to make a clear agreement with the other
parents as to the responsibilities you both require.
Nannies can be found through agencies, personal references
and by posting an ad in the newspaper. Wherever you go to find a nanny
you will want to ask them for references (make certain that you are able
to contact the references), a driver's license or other ID, criminal check
and child care experience or education depending on your personal requirements.
Asking for a nanny with First Aid or CPR is also common.
It is better for you to ask the agency about their background
and work experience. Arrange to meet the candidates in person and don't
commit to a hiring until you've had the chance to interview them.
About The Author
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