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Top 5 tips for choosing the right nanny for your family

Finding the right nanny can be time-consuming, stressful and you often don’t know where or how to start. Here are 5 simple tips to make the search easier and to hopefully avoid a revolving door of nannies in your child’s life.

1. Referrals

Don’t let choosing a nanny be harder than it already is. Before you begin scouring online or seeking out an agency for potential nannies, check if someone in your circle has a recommendation.

Referrals offer that bit of reassurance that another parent you know has placed their trust in this nanny before. Word of mouth is a powerful tool and it is worth considering a recommended nanny if they suit your requirements.

2. Make a list

If you can’t find an amazing nanny from someone you know, it’s time to get started with a list of requirements. You can even use this list to draft a formal job description when it’s time to post your advert.

It is essential that any needs and requirements are set out from the beginning to manage expectations and avoid misunderstandings. It is easy for problems to arise if you don’t make your requirements clear. For example, if driving your child to school is a necessary part of the role, ensure that having a driver’s licence is listed as a requirement in the job description.

3.Prepare interview questions

A smooth interview process is important in selecting the right nanny. A prepared set of questions will ensure that you don’t miss out on any important points and requirements during the course of the interview. But of course, it does not need to be a completely structured and formal interview. Feel free to gauge their personality through more casual questions related to their hobbies or what they like to do on the weekend to get a feel for them as a person.

4. Run reference and background checks

Your prospective nanny will be in your home and looking after your children, so thoroughly checking through their references is not a step to be overlooked. It is crucial to verify with their references about specific skills and experience that they have listed on their resume.

These days it’s not absurd to do a sneaky Facebook search and even to ask for a Police Check; It is very simple to do it online, all that you have to do is fill in a form, attach the ID documents and have it ready within hours.

5. Do a trial run

If you have successfully interviewed and checked the references of a potential nanny, the next step is to give them a trial run. If your child did not meet them during the interview, a trial run is important to see how the nanny interacts with your child. The candidate may interview well and be perfect on paper but not quite right once you see them with your child.

With these tips in mind you’ll be well on your way to secure a nanny for your family.

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