Points to Note when Looking for a Nanny to Hire.
There are online sites and several nanny groups where people living in California can find a nanny. 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.
Concentrate on the future but not the current situation as to why you need a nanny. Do not get a nanny that will not stay for long. You want a nanny that will stay long, without having to change them after every few months. A good nanny will walk with you throughout the journey of baby growth, from sitting, to crawling to walking, etc. Get a nanny who will care for the entire family and not the kids only.
By word of mouth, share with your friends that you need a nanny or your previous caregivers. After establishing one or two nannies that you want to hire, make a list and get ready for the interview process. Be sure to ask the interviewee if she has any past criminal record and the years she has worked as a caregiver. Try to ask some of the unexpected questions. Try to ask questions out of the blue. Some of the questions to ask are what the caregiver would do in case of emergency. The way the nanny will answer the question will enable you to decide whether to hire her and whether she is good for your kids. Discuss about the salary issue and let her state her expectations and table your offer too.
When you have the nanny of your choice, ensure you conduct a background check before hiring her. You can reach out to referees provided in the CV and ask a few questions regarding the caregiver you intend to hire. A caregiver is someone who will be taking care of your family and your kids, therefore a background check on her family is also important. 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. Also agree on other benefits such as medical cover, bonuses, etc., if available. Clearly state your expectations when the nanny starts working.
Inform her of what she should and should not do. 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.