How to find a Nanny

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How to find a Nanny? Seems easy enough, but please let me rephrase the question. How to find the right nanny? To all the mothers out there, this is no easy task. Not everyone is like Mary Poppins, aka the total package:

  • Clean
  • Thorough
  • Friendly
  • Social
  • Respectful
  • Efficient

During your search, expect to meet a lot of no-no’s before you find THE nanny that you trust and feel comfortable enough to take care of your loved one.  Start the search early, be detailed, and remain patient. At the end of the day, your ability to choose the right nanny will pay off tremendously later on down the road.

Here are a few tips to guide you through the nanny-search process:

 1) Know what you want

Talk to your partner about your priorities.  What is your ideal nanny?  Someone who is young, and will keep up with your little one’s energy?  Or someone older with more experience?  Do you want someone with a certain level of education or someone who connects with your family and kids?  Flexible with your time schedule? Someone who is willing to work long hours?  Do you want a nanny who is willing to have more responsibilities like laundry, cooking, and cleaning?  Bullet point the specifications you are looking for in a nanny and rank them based on importance. Seeing this on paper will help make the selection process easier.

2) The search

Get the word out – The best way to find a nanny is by word of mouth.  Tell your friends, family, co-workers, and relatives about your desires to have a nanny.  It is definitely safer and more reassuring that a nanny is chosen through a warm recommendation as opposed to a complete stranger. Don’t get me wrong, the totally anonymous candidate may end up being the best, it is just the luck of the draw.

Advertise – Put up flyers at your gym, local cafes, restaurants, or markets.  If you’re at the park and see a good nanny, kindly ask her for some referrals.

Go to the Pros – You can also contact a private nanny placement agency.  Take a sigh of relief as the candidates are all screened with your safety in mind. However, because they are providing a service, it does get costly. You will just have to weigh the pros and cons and see if the price justifies the time you save and the number of candidates you are presented.

Go online -Try Web sites such as 4nannies.com, enannysource.com, newaupair.com, and aupaircare.com.  They get postings from other parents and potential nannies and are less costly than agencies.  They provide you with helpful guidelines, forms, and background checks for additional fees.

3) The interview

Interview as many applicants as you can.  Make a list of questions about their work experiences, child-care knowledge, personal habits, and background.   The Q&A session is one aspect to the interview, but an even more important facet is the way the applicant interacts with your child. So please ensure that your children is there for the interview.  Some may talk the talk, but can they truly, walk the walk? Trust your instincts: if something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. If you feel a match, you’re almost done!

4) Reference Check

The last step in the process is to check their references.  Hopefully their references are former clients or former parents that have asked the candidate to take care of their child from time to time. Be sure to ask about the candidate’s strengths, and weaknesses, how well they interact with children, and to clarify any concerns you may have.

5) Try outs!

Before making any commitment, pay your nanny and have her come for a few days for a trial run.   See how the nanny connects with your child, and how your child reacts.  The best way to make your final decision is to see your nanny in action!

Good luck with the nanny search.  Don’t worry, you’ll find your Mary Poppins!

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  1. so informative, thanks for the post =)

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