5 Tips to Find the Right Nanny For Your Family
And the things to consider when making a job offer
SEEKING OUT a caregiver for your child is one of the most important steps a parent will take. When preparing for your search for the perfect nanny, you will need to establish certain standards, expectations, and values that you want your nanny to follow. Below are a few of the steps we think will help you in your search:
1. Create a Job Description. The job description should include the hours you need a nanny, the area of town you are located, the ages of your children, the main job duties you need help with, any specific requirements to apply for the job (ex. CPR & First-Aid Certified), and the pay range you are willing to pay for the right candidate. Once your job description is complete, share it with your friends, family, colleagues, and even on social media and nanny search engines.
2. Set up a Phone Interview. The first step in screening your nanny candidates is to set up a phone interview. Once the phone interview is complete and you feel like they may be a good fit, it’s time for the next step.
3. Check Those References! When it comes to hiring a nanny, one of the most important things to consider is their past experience with caring for children. Make sure to ask each candidate for three professional childcare references that you can personally speak with. Whether you found nanny candidates through an online search engine, via social media, or they were a referral, it is important that you do your due diligence. Even referrals should be screened thoroughly.
4. Meet in a Public Place. After the references have been checked and you feel confident about the prospective nanny you are interviewing, it is time to invite them to an in person and public interview. Pick a coffee shop or another place where you can get to know the candidate. Ask questions like “What is your view of disciplining a child and what should be the nanny's role?” and “Are you trained in CPR? Have you taken classes in childcare? Would you be willing to take classes if necessary?”
5. National Background Check. Not all background checks are equal. Make sure to do a national and not just a state background check and driving record check. The results can take up to two weeks and can cost upwards of $100 per check.
6. Trial Day. Once you find a candidate your family can agree on, we suggest offering the candidate a paid trial day. Trial days are typically 3-8 hours and help give you solace in knowing you are making the right decision. Some families offer trial days to two candidates to help make their selection.
7. Job Offer and Contract or Agreement. Make a formal job offer in writing, and then create a nanny and family contract before the start date. It is important to iron out all details regarding the nannies position and what they will be responsible for.
It will be apparent when a candidate clicks with you and your children. It’s almost like dating, when you know you know. But don’t skimp over the important details of securing the candidate in regards to references and background checks.
NANNY 411: A Q&A
Q: Do I need to create a contract for our new nanny?
A: We recommend using the A to Z Nanny Contract by Lora Brawley.
Q: How much should I pay my nanny?
A: $15-$25 per hour depending on their experience.
Q: How many vacation days should I give my nanny?
A: 10 days annually (5 days after 90 days and 5 days after 180 days).
Q: Do I need to give my nanny paid holidays off?
A: Yes, we recommend including all federal holidays, Black Friday, and Christmas Eve.
Q: What type of job duties does a nanny normally do?
A: A nanny typically will wash the children’s laundry, empty and load the dishwasher, and complete all tasks pertaining to the children including but not limited to
Q: How should I pay my nanny?
A: The IRS considers the nanny as a household employee. We recommend all clients seek advice and guidance of a professional tax adviser who is familiar with tax law in their state.
Q: Do you recommend payroll services?
A: We refer our clients to My Home Pay and we are able to provide a free code for free registration. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to access this free code.
About Perfect Fit Placement
As a full-service nanny placement agency, Perfect Fit Placement seeks to match each family with a caring, experienced childcare provider who will meet the unique needs of the family. Their revolutionary nanny matching approach ensures that they assess the family’s unique situation in order to find the perfect fit. Visit their website at pfpnanny.com.