Tips for Hiring the Best Caregiver
You can always find a nanny from online nanny groups as well as through nanny service California sites. The best place, however, to find a caregiver will be through a nanny service agency that trains caregivers and help them find jobs. Follow below steps when looking for the best nanny to hire.
Do not get a nanny to solve a current need. If a nanny says she want to work for a period of one or two months, continue with your search. Changing caregivers now and then is not good even for the kids. A good nanny will stick around and help in bring up the child right from birth, sit, crawl, walk, and other stages of life. A good nanny should not concentrate on the baby alone, but for the whole family as well.
Start by asking around from friends and family or previous nannies any available caregiver. After establishing one or two nannies that you want to hire, make a list and get ready for the interview process. One of the most important questions to ask the nanny is the years she has worked as a nanny as well as any criminal record. Avoid asking the most common questions as the interviewee already expects them and will be ready. Try to ask questions out of the blue. Find out what a nanny would do if faced with an emergency. The answers the caregiver provides are enough proof of whether she will be good for the kids. Let the nanny give her expected salary figure as well as the amount you intend to pay her.
After getting the right nanny, before signing the contract, do a background check to know more about her. Call the referees provided in the CV and ask few good deed and bad deeds if any. Do a family background check to know more of the person you will be entrusting your kids with. Know where the nanny resides. Ensure married nannies have been allowed to work by their spouse. Some agencies conduct a background check on caregivers at a considerable fee.
Prepare and sign the contract with the nanny before she starts the job. Let your attorney help you with the contract.
Come to an agreement with the nanny regarding important days such as sick off, weekly off day, annual leave etc. If you will be providing other benefits such as bonuses, inform the nanny. Explain to the caregiver what is expected of her immediately she starts the job.
Discuss the do’s and don’ts during working hours. Welcome the nanny well, introduce her to everyone to make her feel like part of the family and train her on what she does not know like the use of equipment around the house. Mention the working hours especially for nannies not living with you. If need be, install a nanny camera in your house.
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