If you are looking for a new nanny for your family there are many things you need to consider. While hiring a nanny can be a very time consuming task, there are certain things you are going to want to know. Here is a breakdown on some of the dos and don’ts associated with a nanny.
DO: Set up numerous interviews with different candidates. You may think that you love the first candidate you interview, but you are going to want to interview others to see what else is out there. You may very well hire that first candidate, but you need to look at the other options that exist.
DON’T: Skip doing all the research you should do. Make sure you check out every reference that the nanny candidate gives you. You want to make sure that you get a good understanding of the nanny’s past employment and work ethic. You can’t do this unless you talk to past employers (references). It is also a good idea to do a background check as this will provide you with some great insight that you may have not found out otherwise.
DO: Introduce your children to the nanny before you hire them. It is important that your kids like your nanny and vice versa. Introducing the nanny and the children will allow you to watch their interaction. This initial interaction will tell you a lot about whether or not the nanny will be a good fit for your family.
DON’T: Assume that the nanny has previous childcare experience. Most of the time, a nanny will have previous childcare experience; however this is not always the case. More importantly they may have childcare experience, but haven’t had any experience with children of your kids’ age. It is important to find out what kinds of past experience they have and what ages of kids they have been around.
DO: Talk about your house rules and child-rearing philosophies with the nanny. It is important that you go over your house rules so that you can make sure that the nanny is willing to follow them. It is also crucial that you discuss your child-rearing beliefs such as discipline. People have different views on things such as discipline so it is very important that you discuss this upfront. If a nanny has a different philosophy, it’s not a deal breaker. If they are willing to do things your way then you will not have any issues, however if they are firm in their belief then you may want to find someone else to watch your kids.
DON’T: Think that a nanny is going to do everything! Don’t assume that hiring a nanny means that all your housework will be done by them. There are certain things a nanny will do, so make sure you go over your job expectations with them from the beginning. If you want the nanny to take on more responsibilities than you may want to consider a pay increase for them.
DO: Take the time to train them in and show them around. It is important that you take the nanny around your house and show them how you expect things to be done. Taking the time to do some basic training will make things run a lot smoother when the nanny starts working for you.
DON’T: Be afraid to check in with the nanny periodically. You should check in with your nanny weekly/monthly to make sure things are going ok and to ask them if they have any comments or concerns. It is important to be both honest and open with your nanny as they spend a lot of time in your home and with your kids.