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How to Find the Best Nanny

Finding the right nanny is an important decision for any working parent as it can be a daunting process. Whether you’re considering a full-time, live-in nanny, or someone to provide you with relief a few hours a week, choosing a reliable and attentive carer for your child/children can be a challenge: But, to ensure your child's well-being, it’s worth the effort.

Below are some guidelines to help you find a nanny who is the best fit for both you and your child/children.

How to find the best Nanny for you

  • Tell the candidate about your family and child/children
  • Tell the nanny about the position. Discuss what the role entails (hours, salary, start date, duties, routines, holidays etc)
  • Ask the nanny to tell you why she went into childcare and then go through her CV in detail, asking her to describe each childcare position and any qualifications that she has taken.
  • Run through a list of questions relating to the nanny’s abilities as a childcarer:
    • What activities she would plan for your children?
    • Her views on discipline
    • How does she introduce good manners?
    • What meals would she prepare for the children?
    • First aid questions
  • Why is her current job ending?
  • Ask the nanny if she has any questions.

If you feel you would like to ask the nanny back for a second interview, it is a good idea to introduce the child/children to her and see how they get on and interact. It is also a good opportunity to clarify the details of the child/children’s daily routines, the nanny duties and show her around the house.

Hand over – Most parents like to have a hand over period which can be anything to a day, week or month where the parent or current nanny shows the new nanny the ropes so that you are both relaxed and confident when the day comes for you to leave your children/child in her sole charge.

Once you have made your decision and feel you have found the right nanny for your requirements a couple of things you should remember:

  • Nanny job description - A precise job description should be discussed and agreed with the nanny before she commences work for you so she knows exactly what the role entails.
  • Nanny contract - It is now a legal requirement to have a written contract of employment. You should agree the terms of this contract with your nanny and finalise the contract with each party signing and keeping a copy each. 

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