So you’ve looked into childcare options and you’ve decided that a nanny will work best for you and your family, but how do you know what makes a good nanny and how will know that the nanny you have chosen will work the best for you?Choosing a right nanny is a quite challenge nowadays. It is very important for parents to make the right decision especially when it includes leaving your baby or children with someone.
The most important aspect to look at when hiring a nanny is what qualities do you want from your nanny. The best way of hiring a good care giver for your children is:
Get to know them well
Have face to face interviews with them. This enables the parent to know the care giver of your child/children on a personal basis, and also the facial expressions and body language are more clearly identified and understood.
Should be clean and healthy
Parents should be keen on cleanliness and good health with a caregiver. This is important because of handling small children and also teaching kids on how to maintain good hygiene. One can also have the caregiver to go for medical examinations to make sure they are safe
Have the ability to provide safe care
Discuss the importance of safety in your interview. Ask if a caregiver know first aid or how you or they have handled any situation that is an emergency.
Always clear and communicative
Consistent communication is key. Ensure the caregiver is free with you and can be able to communicate with you and your children.
Be warm and Responsive
Parents need to make sure your children are in a kind, loving environment and know that someone is dedicated to attending to your children’s need.
If you have any appliances make sure if you have any appliances they knows how to use them or your house could end up in flames e.g dishwasher, baby food warmer, washing machine etc.
Have thorough research done on references
If the caregiver your hiring has worked before, it is proper to call the references and check if it’s true, reasons why they left and more importantly how their former employer would describe them.
When hiring a nanny, as a parents you may choose to invite perspective nannies over to your house and watch how your child and nanny interact with one another. This can be a very effective and safe way of having a general overview about how a particular nanny may work for your family. Some families may choose to have this incorporated into the interview process so that they can find the best nanny in the most time efficient way.
In case you hire a good caregiver, remember to treat her just like you would like to be treated. The way you treat a caregiver will determine how long she will stay and how you children will be treated.
NOTE: MAINTAIN A CLOSE, OPEN BUT WORKING RELATIONSHIP