Making the decision to go back to work after you have your baby can be a difficult one. It’s hard trusting strangers with your little one. How do you find someone who can provide your child with the same love and attention that you do?
Here are 7 things to consider while hiring a Nanny for your child.
1. Consider finding a candidate through a nanny agency that has a good reputation
This saves you all the work and worry. Reputable agencies like Every Nanny do a thorough job of vetting candidates for you and doing background checks.
2. Interview candidates yourself.
You can’t skip this process. Ask them specific questions that relate to child care and family. Spell out your expectations and find out the prospective nanny’s views on parenting. Hire someone who will be willing to listen and follow your lead.
3. Relevant childcare experience.
You need to be sure this candidate has been responsible for a child before and has undergone relevant trainings.
4. Do a background check.
A nanny will have the right to enter your family, your home, and your baby’s life. You need to know the background of the person you are letting into your life. Have a reputable Nanny agency will run a background check for you. Criminal checks are very important.
5. Live-In or Live-Out
Nannies can be living with you full time or even come during the day and leave by night. Do you want your nanny to live with you or live out? Settle for the option that works best for your family.
6. Trust your instinct.
Don’t shut out a negative vibe. If you don’t have a good feeling about someone recommend, ask for someone se regardless of how good their resume looks. Follow your instinct.
7. Don’t Expect the Impossible
Your Nanny’s role is to take care of your child, except the contract says otherwise. If you struggle with doing laundry, cooking, cleaning and taking care of the kids, don’t expect your Nanny to have a magic wand to get it all done. Keep your expectations realistic and communicate to those you are interviewing so you are on the same page.