Steps to Follow when Looking for a Nanny
There are online sites and several nanny groups where people living in California can find a nanny. Nanny services agencies provide training to Housekeeper California nannies and find them jobs. For those who prefer to look for a nanny without using the nanny service agencies, below are steps to follow.
Do not get a nanny to solve a current need. Do not get a nanny that will not stay for long. Changing caregivers now and then is not good even for the 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. The caregiver should take care of the whole family, not just the kids.
Start by asking around from friends and family or previous nannies any available caregiver. Conduct interviews when you come up with a list of nannies. One of the most important questions to ask the nanny is the years she has worked as a nanny as well as any criminal record. Avoid asking the most common questions as the interviewee already expects them and will be ready. Try to ask questions out of the blue. Some of the questions to ask are what the caregiver would do in case of emergency. 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. Ask about her expected salary and also state the salary you expect to pay her.
After getting the right nanny, before signing the contract, do a background check to know more about her. You can reach out to referees provided in the CV and ask a few questions regarding the caregiver you intend to hire. A family background check is also important as this is someone you will be entrusting with your kids and family. Find out where the caregiver lives. It is also good to enquire from the spouse if the nanny is married, whether she has been allowed to work. Hire the agencies that do a nanny background check.
Sign a contract with the nanny when she start working and let each party retain a copy. Consult your attorney for assistance with the contract.
Come to an agreement with the nanny regarding important days such as sick off, weekly off day, annual leave 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. For easier bonding with the kids, introduce her to everyone, and conduct and induction training. Mention the working hours especially for nannies not living with you. If need be, install a nanny camera in your house.