If you’re looking for a dedicated professional who can provide individualized, hands-on care for your children, nannies are a great option. Like with any profession, there can be varying levels of qualifications and qualities a nanny holds. Before you launch your search for a nanny, it’s helpful to have an idea of what you’re looking for in a candidate. Start by asking yourself these questions:
- How much hands-on experience do you want your nanny to possess?
- Is level of education and/or holding training certificates important to you?
- What personality traits are you looking for in a nanny?
- How much are you willing to pay?
- Do you want your nanny to do things like drive your kids to activities, or help with household chores?
Once you have a sense of what you want in a nanny, it’ll make the search and hiring process that much easier. To find a nanny, parents often turn to two popular resources: job-posting websites and nanny-placement agencies. Job websites are usually more affordable, but some parents prefer the full-service that a nanny agency offers, such as finding and screening candidates, guiding parents during the hiring process and offering support after placement. Of course, you can tap into your network, too, to find a caregiver — whether that’s asking your friends and family, or posting on social networks like Facebook.
However you go about looking for a nanny, it’s important to start your search knowing what’s important to you in a caregiver.