Interview Questions for a Live-In Nanny
25 questions to ask potential live-in nannies during the interview process.
Choosing to hire a live-in nanny is an important family decision and it can be difficult to find a child care provider who has the same child care philosophy as you, while also being caring and dependable. And since she will be living in your home as well, you need to make sure she makes a great tenant.
Finding a live-in sitter can be complicated, so be prepared with questions that will help you find the perfect candidate. Here's a list of questions that cover all of the important things you need to know about your potential live-in nanny. Use them as a starting point and ask follow-up questions to help you get a sense of the candidate.
For more advice, read the 12 Tips for Hiring a Live-In Nanny
Training and Experience
Experience is key when looking for a nanny who will live in your home. You want a caregiver who has a broad knowledge of child care and has taken emergency training courses to prepare for all situations. You should feel that your child is in good hands with the nanny.
- How many years have you been a nanny?
- Can you explain one or two previous nanny-related work experiences?
- Why are you leaving or why have you left your previous position?
- Do you have emergency training in CPR and first-aid?
- What other certifications or classes have you taken? Keep an eye out from some of these 12 Nanny Training Courses and Certifications
Child Care Philosophy
Your perfect nanny should see eye-to-eye with you and your child-rearing values and beliefs. A live-in caregiver will be spending lots of time with your child, so their philosophy on raising kids is very important, as they will be nurturing your child alongside you and the rest of your family.
- What will my child be doing on any given day?
- How do you discipline children? Give an example
- What would you do if my child fails to obey you when you ask something of him?
- How would you handle fighting siblings?
- How do you comfort children?
- What is your view on nutrition for children?
- How do you handle kids who are picky eaters?
- How do you make sure kids get enough exercise?
- What do you feel about having personal friends over while you're with my child?
Factors such as if a sitter is open to a little cooking and cleaning are important to know before you decide if they are the right fit for your family. Get to know as much information about what your nanny is willing to provide, as well as their resources and future plans.
- Do you smoke or drink?
- Are you open to cooking meals for kids? What are some of your favorite recipes?
- Could you help with some light housekeeping? How do you keep kids' rooms tidy?
- Under what circumstances would you call a pediatrician or 911?
- Do you have a well-functioning car with room for car seats?
- How do you like to communicate with your employer about the child's day? (daily log, text, call, etc.?)
- What are your plans for the future?
Knowing what a potential live-in caregiver expects from you and your family is essential when developing a successful relationship, so be sure to find out what their priorities are and what you can do for your nanny.
- In your opinion, what's the most important part of being a great nanny?
- How would your previous families describe you?
- Why do you favor a live-in nanny position over a live-out position?
- What would you want from me as a potential employer?
Every interview is different, but at least these questions will help you get started.
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