Tips for Hiring the Best Caregiver
You can always find a nanny from online nanny groups as well as through nanny service California sites. The best place, however, to find a caregiver will be through a nanny service agency that trains caregivers and help them find jobs. For those who prefer to look for a nanny without using the nanny service agencies, below are steps to follow.
Do not get a nanny to solve a current need. If a nanny says she want to work for a period of one or two months, continue with your search. If possible, try to retain a caregiver for a longer time for the good of your family and kids. A good nanny will walk with you throughout the journey of baby growth, from sitting, to crawling to walking, etc. The caregiver should take care of the whole family, not just the kids.
Start by asking around from friends and family or previous nannies any available caregiver. After establishing one or two nannies that you want to hire, make a list and get ready for the interview process. One of the most important questions to ask the nanny is the years she has worked as a nanny as well as any criminal record. Do not ask the most obvious question as the nanny will be prepared. Try to ask questions out of the blue. Some of the questions to ask are what the caregiver would do in case of emergency. The answers the caregiver provides are enough proof of whether she will be good for the kids. Let the nanny give her expected salary figure as well as the amount you intend to pay her.
When you have the nanny of your choice, ensure you conduct a background check before hiring her. You can reach out to referees provided in the CV and ask a few questions regarding the caregiver you intend to hire. A family background check is also important as this is someone you will be entrusting with your kids and family. Know where the nanny resides. Find out from the next of kin if the nanny has been allowed to work, especially if she is married. Check for sites that conduct background checks for caregivers at a fee.
Prepare and sign the contract with the nanny before she starts the job. It is good to have it verified and endorsed by your attorney.
Agree on various policies such as off days depending on your availability. Also agree on other benefits such as medical cover, bonuses, etc., if available. When the nanny starts the job, put forward your expectations.
Outline what she should do and what she should not do during working hours. For easier bonding with the kids, introduce her to everyone, and conduct and induction training. Emphasis on the working hours especially if the nanny does not leave with you and reports every day in the morning. If need be, install a nanny camera in your house.