Welcome back! I want to continue the journey on finding your ideal nanny. Hopefully you’re in the position to take some time to find a great nanny. Having a head start before you actually need your nanny could help the process move smoother.
Believe it, or not the first way I recommend families to begin their search is word of mouth. I know, I know with all this technology why on earth would you do such a thing. The power of word of mouth still remains one of the strongest leads in searching for a nanny. Getting the word out to friends, neighbors, schools, or local librarians could be potential sources for you. Along, with that the next tool that has become very popular the last five, or more years now is online searches sites such as Care.com or Nannies4Hire. These tools are helpful in which you have access to many nanny profiles looking for a family to work for. Lastly, you could check your local listings for nanny agencies to help facilitate the search for you. Many agencies will conduct the interviews for you before you meet the potential nanny candidate.
If you plan on searching for your ideal nanny on your own its always good to start with a phone interview. This would allow you and the potential nanny candidate to decide if a face to face is the next step. A few example questions would be: How long have you nannied? What are your references, or experiences? What do you love about caring for children? What type of activities would you engage children in? These are just a few examples, again every family will have different questions to ask. This is the beginning of the communication process that will help families and nannies enter into a great working relationship!
Next, step would be to check references, and conduct background checks. (This is totally up to each family and their comfort level.) Holding a second interview are often common especially if your having a tough time deciding between two candidates.
I hope this helps a little with your search for your ideal nanny. Please post comments, questions, or topics suggestions in the comment areas. Gracias!
Welcome to eNannylink.com! I wanted to begin writing about the importance of the relationships between nannies, families, and of course the children. ( Unfortunately, there has been a lot of bad press regarding the relationships between nannies and families as of late.) I believe with clear expectations and communications from both the nannies, and the families a strong positive relationship will emerge. This positive bond and memories would last for many years to come!
The decision to have nanny services as your main form of childcare is very delicate. The relationship is close knit and has to be a seamless, transparent form of communications between all. The children will pay close attention from the start of the dynamics and communication process with all the adults involved. As we all know children will mimic communication styles that they observe around them. Many children’s first bonding experiences outside their immediate family could very well be with their nanny. The top priority of the children is unconditional love, and care. Here are a few tips on what families should consider prior to hiring a nanny.
Families need to ask themselves a few questions before interviewing, or hiring a nanny. Here are a few examples and tips of the types of questions you need to explore as a family. Every family will have different questions and services they are looking for.
- What schedule will be needed for the family? Keep in mind any extra-curricular activities you want the children to engage in. It will all impact the schedule. Try to visualize the needs for each day.
- What type of days do you want your children to experience? Would you like your children to go on fieldtrips? What kinds of activities would you like to see them doing day to day?
- Will your family need additional help around the house? What particular day or time would be best for your nanny to take care of those tasks?
- How much experience would you like your nanny to have? Some families would like a first time nanny to grow with their family. Others may prefer a seasoned nanny or someone whose had previous experience. Educational background for nannies may be a choice for families. It depends on the families personal goals and comfort level.
- Next, what type of tools will your family be able to provide your nanny to ensure she is successful each day with the children? (An example would be when she runs errands what vehicle would she use, or will a credit card or petty cash be available for her?)
- Lastly, will there be a recharge period each day if possible for everyone? How will that look for the children and your nanny? Burnout occurs quickly in this position, and its something to consider especially if your family is looking for long-term care.
Caring and nurturing the children are the top goal from everyone. Making sure they reach their milestones each day and ensuring their personal goals are met individually, and as a family unit. Finding the right fit to add a unique part of your family structure is crucial and is worth taking the time to research. Together the children will enjoy the love from their family and their nanny!
Thanks for reading! Please stop back to read topics about where to find your ideal nanny, examples of interview questions. Nannies: tips on how to find your ideal family and interview preparations. Gracias and have a great day!
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