Hiring a nanny to take care of your children can be daunting, but there are steps that you can take to ensure that you find the perfect nanny for your needs.

Seek referrals

One of the best ways to find someone who you feel that you can trust to take care of your children is by asking for referrals from family, friends, or your current nanny or babysitter.

If someone that you know recommends a nanny to you, you may be more likely to feel confident about them than if you were to place an advert in a paper, or on a job board.

Alternatively, by entrusting a professional nanny agency to help you to find someone to fill the role in your home, you can be sure that you’ll find candidates who come highly recommended by the agency themselves, and often by any families they have worked with previously too.

Organise an interview

Once you have found some potential nannies that you would like to get to know better, it is time to conduct an interview with each one to see if they would be a good fit for your family, and whether they could settle into your lifestyle.

Interviews are a great way for both you, and your potential employee, to get to know each other, ask any questions that you may have, and find out whether you are going to be compatible.

Holding the interview away from home in a coffee shop may be a good idea if you’d like to keep your personal address private at this stage, but some people also find it helpful to invite candidates to their home to see how they fit in.

It may be that you hold two interviews, and invite those who successfully pass the first stage to your home so they can see where they would be working, and get an idea about whether the job would be suitable for them.

Verify experience and qualifications

When it comes to finding someone to take care of your children, you want to make sure that any information that they are giving you is true, especially that relating to their qualifications and previous experience, which are details that may be important to you.

By asking for references and copies of any certificates that they may have received, you can verify the information that your potential nannies are giving you is correct and up to date, which is integral when making your decision.

It is then recommended that references are contacted to confirm each reference provided by the nanny you are hoping to hire.

You may also want to check that potential employees have up to date Paediatric First Aid training, as well as an Enhanced DBS that covers working with children, and ask whether they are registered for the update service, as this is preferred.

Share some details

During the hiring process, it is just as important that the person you would like to be your new nanny feels that they will be a great fit for your family as you do, as this will ensure that you have a happy and understanding relationship going forward.

The best way to achieve this is by sharing information about your children’s routines, your beliefs, and how you would like your children to be brought up, as your new nanny will have a big impact on this due to the amount of time they will be spending with them.

If beliefs and values in particular are important to you, it may be that you’d like to find a nanny who shares similar ideals and, in this case, using a more specialised nanny agency like Christian Nannies might be beneficial to you.

Create an employment agreement

Once you have found who you believe is your perfect nanny, it is time to start putting your employment agreement in place to ensure that the person who you are offering the job to knows exactly what is expected of them.

By providing a summary of duties that you would like them to carry out, and any particular information about routines that may be important, you know that you have done all that you can to set your expectations, which the nanny may or may not be happy to accept, or will perhaps have some different ideas that you could consider.

By this stage, it is likely that most aspects would have already been discussed during the interview process, so there shouldn’t be too many surprises.

We hope that these tips help you to find your perfect nanny, and please contact us should you have any questions about how we can assist you.