Friday, November 7, 2014

What to Think About When Hiring a Nanny

Maybe you need part-time help during the summer months, or maybe you need to hire a full-time nanny once your maternity leave ends.  The interview is one of the most important steps in finding the right childcare.  Ask the personal questions, just be careful to keep your questions legal. Many people consider hiring a agency such as Household Staffing to handle situations like this.  We’ve listed some helpful tips below:

Have a clear understanding of what your needs are before you go into the interview. Do you need someone simply for childcare?  Would adding household duties help you when you come home from a busy day at work?  Communicate your needs and desires, and never assume the person you are interviewing can read your mind.  It is always helpful to write a bullet list of your job duties so that you can address them in the interview.

First Impressions. The general rule is that you shouldn’t always go by first impressions, but this is a case in which you should absolutely trust your instincts.  If you don’t get good vibes from the person you’re interviewing, move on.  However, if you want to give someone a chance, consider a trial period with you present in your home.

Getting To Know You and Your Child. Your candidate should also be equally curious about you and your children.  Do they ask appropriate questions?  If you have a nonverbal toddler, for example, do they ask you questions about about your child’s moods, allergies, tendency towards separation anxiety, or favorite playtime activities?  Simple questions like these show that the nanny has experience in dealing with children in that age range.

Respect for Rules and Values. Don’t expect the impossible from a person, but your nanny should be willing to adhere to the rules and family values you set in your home.  Be equally respectful in asking your candidates questions like these—they have their own way of doing things—but you want to be sure that the person you hire will respect you in your absence.

Defining the Job: Appropriate Pay, Contracts, Hours, and Responsibilities. These may feel like uncomfortable topics to discuss, but you both want to understand each other’s expectations for the job.  You want to begin your relationship on a good note.  Better yet, put it in writing to avoid potential future problems. For more information about hiring a nanny click here, or visit our website at

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for these helpful tips and tricks, new parents need all the help they can get because they never know how to handle things with the child or children overwhelming them. Great post.