Parents everywhere are aware of the dedication it takes to raise a child; it's literally a full-time job. But when the parents are working full time jobs themselves, it can be difficult for them to take time to tend to the child during it's earlier years. Thankfully, nannies have been known to eliminate this problem by taking care of the children while their parents are at work. While a nanny is an incredibly useful person to have around the house, how does one choose the best nanny for their child?

There was a time when nannies were looked upon as servants who looked after children while the parents were tending to other issues. In today's day and age, nannies are no longer considered personal assistants; being a nanny is considered to be a professional job that is taken very seriously.

Nannies can either be "live-in" or "live-out" nannies, depending on the needs of the parents. However, the latter is typically preferred, since this option gives the parents more time to spend with their child as a family. Not only that, but nannies are like almost all workers; they enjoy going to their own home after a long day of doing their job.

The job of a nanny certainly isn't an easy one. Basically, the nanny takes over the tasks that the child's parents are unable to attend to during the day. These include tending to and protecting the child, along with minor housework and cleaning.

Finding a nannies who can conduct all of these tasks in a responsible, nurturing manner can be done easily with the right resources. It's often a great idea to consult organizations such as The Alliance of Professional Nanny Agencies, as well as the International Nanny Association. These agencies will help point you in the right direction of finding a good nanny.

However, the search process definitely doesn't start there! As this person will be looking after your child for many hours a day, it's important to get to know them both on personal and professional levels. This will ensure that you will have a comfortable arrangement with a nanny you can trust. Doing this can be as simple as inviting the nanny to dinner, or perhaps taking her to events you're a part of. The most important part of this process is making sure that the relationship between your child and their nanny is healthy and strong, which can be done by the nanny an opportunity to spend a day with your child. Also, knowing your child's caretaker will allow them to establish rules based upon your own parenting.

Having a nanny is extremely helpful when you are trying to juggle both a child and a full-time job. However, it is always important to make sure that the nanny you choose for the job meets the needs and standards of your family.