The 10 golden rules for choosing a nanny

March 21, 2006 08:18
1 minute read.

  • Carefully research the market - Collect as much information and statistics about the child care in your area as possible.
  • Conduct a personal interview - Hold a long interview with the potential nanny, not just a three-minute conversation. Try to assess her personality, relationship to children, education and her approach to the job. Don't just look at cost and hours.
  • Recommendations - Ask for recommendations. Don't just look at letters or written documents. Request current phone numbers of people who can vouch for her. Check up on her experience, number of years in the field, reasons for leaving previous employers and weak and strong points.
  • Trust your instincts - After a thorough check, if you have any doubts or worries, this is not the person for you.
  • Agree on and summarize your expectations - Once you have decided on a nanny, agree with her exactly on what you expect from her.
  • Make random checks on the nanny - From time to time arrive at the house unannounced (once a year is not enough) to check on what is happening in your absence.
  • Take note of the baby's reaction to the nanny - Watch the baby's reaction, especially in the mornings when the nanny arrives. Babies might not be able to talk, but their body language says a lot.
  • Take note of any changes in the baby's behavior - Any changes such as sudden crying, anger or surprise that can't be explained need to be checked more closely.
  • Be careful and cautious but don't panic - Most caregivers do not hurt children.
  • Whatever a nanny is not allowed to do, neither is a parent - It is important to remember that just as the nanny is not allowed to spank, smack, shout at or push the child, neither is the parent. It is a known statistic that more parents than nannies hurt their children.

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