Steps to Follow when Looking for a Nanny
If you are looking for a home caregiver, check for nanny service California sites if living in California, as well as online nanny groups. Nanny services agencies provide training to Housekeeper California nannies and find them jobs. However, if you prefer to search for a caregiver by yourself other than use the Senior Care California agencies, below are tips to follow.
Concentrate on the future but not the current situation as to why you need a nanny. If a nanny says she want to work for a period of one or two months, continue with your search. If possible, try to retain a caregiver for a longer time for the good of your family and 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. Among the most important are the years of services, any past criminal record, etc. Do not ask the most obvious question as the nanny will be prepared. Try to ask questions out of the blue. Try to get answers like what the nanny would do in cases of an emergency like kids getting sick, etc. 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. 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. Find out where the caregiver lives. Find out from the next of kin if the nanny has been allowed to work, especially if she is married. Check for sites that conduct background checks for caregivers at a fee.
Let the nanny sign a contract detailing all the terms before she starts working. It is good to have it verified and endorsed by your attorney.
Discuss various policies such as weekly off days, sick off, annual leave, vacation days, etc. Also agree on other benefits such as medical cover, bonuses, etc., if available. 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.