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Nanny 101: Choosing The Right Caregiver For Your Child

Choosing the right caregiverChoosing the right caregiver for your child is not always an easy task. How do you know that the person you choose is right for your child and for your family’s needs?

Let’s be honest, choosing the right caregiver for your child is something that cannot be compromised. After all, your child deserves the best caregiver you can find. And it may take some time and effort to find the right candidate for the job as you sift through CVs, consult with various agencies and conduct countless interviews in the search of the perfect nanny. However, the rewards will far out-weigh the efforts when you do find the perfect caregiver.


First step – to identify what you need

Evaluate exactly what you will require from a caregiver. What skills are you looking for in the caregiver? What will their responsibilities be?  What qualifications would you prefer them to have? Would you prefer someone who is younger and more active, or somebody who is older and more mature? Will your nanny be a live-in position or would you prefer someone who has a separate place of residence? Would an au pair be suitable? It’s also important that your nanny fits into your family’s dynamic, so this is something else to take into consideration. Perhaps discuss this with your partner and other family members to establish exactly what is needed.


Second step – find suitable candidates

Get the word out there that you are looking for a caregiver. Speak to friends and family members and get them to ask around for you. You can also approach a reputable agency that screens applicants for you. It may cost you more money, but it will save you in time.

If these efforts are proving fruitless, you can always hit the internet. There are dozens of online nanny referral sites that will cost you far less than having to go through an agency. It is, however, important to ensure that the website is legit before using its services.

Another good idea is to advertise the position in a local newspaper’s classifieds section. If you decide to take this route, it’s important to be specific about your requirements in the ad. The flood of applicants may be somewhat overwhelming, however, you could request potential candidates to submit their CVs via email. That way you have the advantage of pre-screening applicants before deciding whom you wish to interview.


Third step – interview

This is the most important stage of your search to find a suitable caregiver for your child. This allows you the opportunity to get to know the candidate a bit better. It allows you the opportunity to ask questions, to state your objectives clearly, list the candidate’s job description and also allow the candidate to ask questions as well.

If the interview is successful, it’s important to conduct a second interview between the candidate and your child. This is a more informal interview but it will give you a good idea of how your child will respond to the candidate.

Picking a good caregiver for your child is a crucial task that you, as a parent, will have to perform. By putting in the extra work, you will reap the benefits. It is a somewhat personal decision and you have the right to gather all the suitable information to make you comfortable.

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