Placing your child in the care of another person can be nerve wracking. You’re out of the house at work all day, and you can’t take your young child with you to the office, but there’s something about leaving them at home with a relative stranger that doesn’t sit right with many people.
Maybe they don’t want to get a certified nanny from a Nanny Agency in Melbourne, maybe they’d prefer to have their child cared for by relatives, but there’s not always a grandparent or aunt around, and sometimes a nanny is the best possible choice.
We’ve put together an article on 7 things to keep in mind when choosing a nanny, in the hopes it helps you to find the right nanny for you.
The safety of your child is very important to you, and so the kinds of people you allow to look after them should be reliable and trustworthy. Try to find out if they have a “working with children” certificate, and if they don’t ask them why they don’t. Many parents these days won’t hire someone without one of these crucial certificates, so finding out why someone might not have one is important.
Finding someone with experience shouldn’t be too hard, especially considering the popularity of looking after children. Looking for someone with a few years of experience should be your starting point, and even better if they have experience with kids of many different ages. This will mean they know how to communicate with your child clearly and specifically, even considering their age.
Having someone referred to you is a great way to find a reliable, trustworthy nanny. Your friends or colleagues with kids will be the best place to start, and you know that they wouldn’t refer you someone who they hadn’t used themselves, making them more trustworthy than a total stranger.
Professional referrals are also a good idea to follow up on, as usually people staking their professional reputation on someone else’s business means they’re confident that they do a good job. Any Nanny with a personal or professional referral should immediately be put further through the screening process than Nannies without.
Rapport With Kids
Once you get to the stage where they meet your children, take a step back and watch how they interact with your kids. Take note of the child’s body language and behaviour, and of the Nanny’s as well, and see if you notice them developing any rapport. If so, you know this person can be trusted by your child, and could be a good choice for a Nanny if the other factors check out.
The responsibility of the individual is something that should be checked on as well. Many times this can be done subtly during a trial session, and you can explain to the Nanny that your child needs food at a certain time while you’ll be in a phone call. Check and see if the Nanny feeds your child at that time, and the right amount of food as well. You’ll get an idea for how responsible they are from this experiment.
How much you like them as a person can say a lot about their character, and there’s nothing like a gut reaction to tell you about a person. If you meet them and you’re instantly uncomfortable, nervous, or otherwise shaken it might not be a great idea to introduce them to your children.
On the other hand, if they make you feel calm, welcome, and excited it might be time to go ahead and introduce them to your children, because this feeling will most likely be shared by them.
Finally, if the idea of cold-hiring someone from an ad or as a stranger puts you off, you can always hire a Nanny through an agency. Agencies do background checks, working with children checks, experience checks and personality checks for all of their Nannies.
Plus, only more successful Nannies can tend to be able to afford an agency for their business. Agencies cost a bit more, but they take most of the work out of the process.
With these tips to consider, your Nanny hunt should not only be easier, but the person you decide to hire should be a much better fit for you and your child.