Steps to Follow when Looking for a Nanny
If you are looking for a home caregiver, check for nanny service California sites if living in California, as well as online nanny groups. Nanny services agencies provide training to Housekeeper California nannies and find them jobs. For those who prefer to look for a nanny without using the nanny service agencies, below are steps to follow.
Concentrate on the future but not the current situation as to why you need a nanny. Do not get a nanny that will not stay for long. You want a nanny that will stay long, without having to change them after every few months. A good caregiver will be there throughout the journey of bringing up the kids right from birth to all stages of development. Get a nanny who will care for the entire family and not the kids only.
Ask around for available caregivers from friends, family or referrals from previous nannies. Prepare for the interview with a list of valid questions that you would want to ask. Be sure to ask the interviewee if she has any past criminal record and the years she has worked as a caregiver. Do not ask the most obvious question as the nanny will be prepared. Just like any other career interview, ask an unexpected question, and out of the blues. Try to get answers like what the nanny would do in cases of an emergency like kids getting sick, etc. The answers the caregiver provides are enough proof of whether she will be good for the kids. Ask about her expected salary and also state the salary you expect to pay her.
When you have the nanny of your choice, ensure you conduct a background check before hiring her. Call the referees provided in the CV and ask few good deed and bad deeds if any. A family background check is also important as this is someone you will be entrusting with your kids and family. Know where the nanny resides. Ensure married nannies have been allowed to work by their spouse. Check for sites that conduct background checks for caregivers at a fee.
Prepare and sign the contract with the nanny before she starts the job. Let your attorney help you with the contract.
Discuss various policies such as weekly off days, sick off, annual leave, vacation days, etc. Other added benefits to be discussed included overtimes, bonuses, medical cover, etc. Clearly state your expectations when the nanny starts working.
Discuss the do’s and don’ts during working hours. For easier bonding with the kids, introduce her to everyone, and conduct and induction training. If the nanny is not living with your family, state the reporting time. A nanny cam is important to have in the house.