Hiring a nanny for your family is a big step and one that should not be taken lightly. You are going to be hiring someone whose job consists of watching over your children. Your kids are your most treasured possession so you want to be sure that you are hiring someone who is safe and qualified to be around your child.


If you are thinking about hiring a nanny or a babysitter for your family, no matter if they are going to be providing full-time or part-time care, you are going to want to make sure that you take the time to check out the candidate and their background. Leave no stone unturned when it comes to finding out if someone should be able to be left in charge of your kids. You are going to be leaving your children in their hands so it is important that you take the time to thoroughly check out any potential candidates before you hire them.



Research is key when you are looking to hire someone who is going to be working in your home and with your kids. You are going to want to do many forms of research when it comes to finding a nanny that will be the perfect fit for your family. This research is going to include finding the candidates, interviewing them, checking references, and performing a background check. It is important that you take the time to do all of these steps in the research process so you can ensure that your kids are going to be in good hands.


The first step is to find candidates. There are many places you can go about finding potential candidates for your nanny job. Taking out an ad in the paper is an easy way to get the candidates to come to you. You can also look for ads in the paper who are seeking childcare jobs. Asking friends and family is also a great way to get a list of names of some potential candidates. Other great places to check out are bulletin boards, your church, and local schools.


One you find potential candidates for your babysitting job you can then begin the interview process. I would suggest that you do both a phone interview and then do a follow up in-person interview. To begin your interview process you should first have an initial phone interview with the candidate that will allow you to find out some general information about the candidate. Ask them some basic questions so you can see if they would be a good fit in your home. These initial questions can be basic questions that could be answered with a simple yes or no. If you feel like you want to get to know the candidate better then you should set up a second interview with them. However if you just don’t feel like the person is going to be a good fit then simply don’t offer them a second-interview.


Indoor fun

The second interview is where you are going to really get a sense of whether or not this person is going to fit in well with your family. This interview should be held at your home so that the candidate gets acquainted with your home and your family. The in-person interview will allow you to get to meet with a nanny candidate on a more personal level and will give them a chance to be introduced to your family. This interview portion will involve deeper questions that can’t be answered with a simple yes or no. Ask questions about how they would handle specific situations such as an accident or a temper tantrum. Ask about his or her previous experiences with childcare. This is also a great time for you to let them ask you any questions they may have. If possible introduce your children to the babysitting/nanny candidate and see how the interaction goes.


If you find someone who you really think is the whole package you should continue the research process by checking their references. Ask the candidate to give you some references that you can contact and be sure you call all the references they give you. You are going to want to ask specific questions here so that you can ensure you are getting all the vital information you need to decide if the nanny will be a good fit for your family. This is the time to be very thorough. Ask questions about the integrity of the nanny. Inquire about job performance, responsibilities they took on, and what the overall thought was about the nanny.

Babysitters need to have experience with children.



If the references check out there is still one more thing you should do: perform a background check. You can find many background companies that will allow you to search criminal record history as well as other pertinent information you may want to know. Doing a background check on your nanny candidates is a great way to ensure that you are finding someone who is safe to be around your kids. After all it is your job to protect them, so why wouldn’t you want to do the extra work of making sure that someone is fit to be around them.


If you are thinking about hiring a nanny, full-time or part-time, it is important that you take the time to research them. Performing interviews, checking references, and doing a background check will allow you to rest a little easier when it comes to leaving your child in someone else’s hands.