It can be a daunting task to make the decision to leave your children with a nanny on a full-time or even part-time basis when you are returning to work, or want to take a second job. Finding someone who is trustworthy and can care for your children in your absence is an important task, and no parent takes this task lightly. There are several ways to go about finding a nanny that can make the process easier, but the most important thing is that you connect well with the person and your children enjoy their company and feel safe when you are gone. Here are a few ways you can help narrow down the search for the perfect nanny.
Start by talking to your friends, family, coworkers, and other parents who have a nanny. Everyone is going to tell you they know someone “that is great,” but what is great for them might not be great for you. However, referrals are still the best way to find a nanny, even in this day and age.
You can check nanny referral services as well – there are a number of high profile companies popping up all over the world that are more like dating sites than nanny sites, but they do the same thing: they match your family with a nanny using technology and an in-depth interview.
If you prefer to do the interviewing yourself, you can use a private investigator in Phoenix to conduct a background check for your potential nanny. It’s important to know that your nanny conducts himself or herself appropriate in past jobs and a criminal background check can help to alleviate any worries you might have about hiring someone to take care of your children. You’ll want to create a list of interview questions to ask your potential nanny such as their experience related to child care if they have first aid training, their availability, what chores or other household work they are willing to do, and how they intend on keeping the children entertained and safe.
Sometimes looking local is the way to go when it comes to finding a nanny that meets your expectations. You can place an ad in the local newspaper or on an online forum looking for a nanny. You’ll want to outline the expectations and the job requirements clearly, so you don’t have any misunderstandings when it comes to hiring someone. You might want to try a nanny on a part time basis to see if it is going to work out before committing to hiring someone full time, for both your sakes.
It’s important to remember that you are the one who gets to decide who takes care of your children. Make time for your potential nanny to meet your children, but ultimately you have to be the one that is comfortable in leaving this person with your kids. Don’t get caught up in thinking this person has to be exactly like you; it will do your kids some good to be exposed to different types of people. Good luck with your search!