What is the one thing most working parents worry about? Who is taking care of their children while they are not around, of course. It is of utmost importance that the person they hire for this job is completely trustworthy, responsible, and competent, and the only way to be sure of this is to do a thorough background check of each and every person you interview. It doesn’t matter whether this childcare provider comes highly recommended-it is up to you as the parent to make sure that everything about this person is as it seems to be. In this day and age, you can never be too safe when it pertains to your kids.
Interviewing is one of the most important aspects of any potential hiring. This is the time that you sit down face-to-face with the candidate, ask questions, observe mannerisms, and take into consideration whether you have any rapport with him or her. Of course, all interviewees will likely be nervous at first, and this should be taken into account. What you are really trying to find out is whether he or she is going to be able to perform the job to your expectations, and if they are who they claim to be. Can they offer you references that you can check? Are there phone numbers or other contact information listed? Have they done this kind of job before?
Be upfront and let them know that you do intend to check into their background. Ask whether or not they have any objection to this process, and if so, why. Some people apply for childcare provider positions because there is something they wish to hide that prevents them from securing a “regular” job. What they don’t know is that parents are becoming more and more cautious about hiring someone they don’t know, and normally will go to any length to secure personal information. A thorough background check done buy a professional service will turn up even the most minor detail, so it is really useless to try to hide anything.
You may even decide to take an extra step and have cameras installed in your home to keep an eye on things while you are away. Let this person know your intentions, and observe their reaction. If they seem quite at ease with this information, you can continue your interview. Request personal information such as last address, last place of employment, and social security number, drivers license, and other info that will help you in your security check. If he or she seems hesitant to provide these documents, your suspicions should be aroused. This is a definite ‘red flag,’ and you should trust your instincts and terminate this interview.
If you find someone you feel completely comfortable and immediately at ease with, this may be the person you have been looking for. You may be wrong, but parental instincts are usually pretty accurate. Bring the children in to see what kind of reaction they have, and how this person communicates with them. Trust your kids! If they seem to have any sort of problem with this person, listen to them. Sometimes kids see or sense things that adults don’t, and a great many problems can be avoided if you take into consideration what they have to say.
It may take time to locate someone you feel completely confident in hiring, but don’t rush the process. The safety and well being of your children is well worth every minute you spend, no matter how long it may take. Once you have a childcare provider who meets or exceeds all you initial expectations, your kids are happy and content, and you have no qualms about leaving them together each day, you will be immensely glad that you took the time.
Childcare is becoming a fast growing business as more and more parents are finding that they are having to rely on more than one income to make ends meet. No amount of money is worth risking the safety of your kids, however. Be extremely careful about who you allow into your home, and if you are cautious, and do a lot of checking, you can be assured that you are doing what is right for your family.