Making the decision to hire a nanny is not an easy one for most parents to reach. It takes time to go through your options, look at your finances and decide that a nanny is the right choice. Nowadays, with more people taking their education further and wanting to do well in their career, hiring a nanny is a very sensible choice both for the parents and for the children in question.
Reaching the decision to hire a nanny is only the beginning of course. Choosing a nanny that meets your requirements can take some time. You need to screen all the applicants properly, interview them and make sure that they can deliver the level of care you require. You are dealing with the welfare of your children after all so you need to be sure to be thorough in your research and sure of your decision.
We look at some useful tips to help you with the nanny screening process when selecting a carer for your child.
To avoid any problems further down the line, it’s best to clearly define your expectations and the role of the nanny from the very beginning. You should aim to define the job as clearly as possible from the moment you start advertising the job.
Do you want the nanny to stay home with the child or do they need to be mobile, taking them to sports and activities? Do you need them to stay over from time to time or is this a part-time position? Do you expect the carer to do laundry and prepare meals for your children?
Clearly defining the job position, requirements and your expectations early will make it easier for a nanny agency in Melbourne or elsewhere to find a suitable carer.
The Interview Process
Once you have clarified what the job will entail and you have found some suitable candidates, it’s time to begin the interview process. It’s a good idea to have a list of pre-prepared questions that you will ask each candidate so you can make some direct comparisons if necessary.
Do your best to ask open-ended questions like “tell me about your experience working with children” or “how would you deal with my children throwing a tantrum?” You will learn much more about the candidate and their approach to childcare with this tactic than asking yes or no questions.
Now that you’ve narrowed down your choices through the interview, the next step is to check their references. If the candidate didn’t provide you with a list of previous employers, ask them for one. Prepare some questions and start contacting the previous employers to find out more about the candidate.
Ask them how long they worked for them, why they left and if they would hire them again or not. These three questions or a must. After gathering this much information, you will have a fairly good idea if this nanny is the right person for the job or not.
Meet the Family
The final step is to bring your final choice to meet the family to see if they get the green light from the people to whom it matters the most. Give them some time to interact with the children and monitor how your kids respond to the new nanny. If they are old enough, you might consider asking them how they feel about the candidate before making a final decision.
After putting all of the time in to get to this point, it can be tempting to just go with the last candidate standing. However, meeting the family should be the dealmaker or deal-breaker. If it doesn’t seem like a good match, start again. You’ll thank yourself in the long run.
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