Seven Things to Avoid when Hiring a Nanny

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Hiring a nanny is an important decision for any family and finding one who suits your home and lifestyle takes a lot of time and research. If you haven’t hired somebody before, the prospect of going through this process could be a bit daunting, especially if you are concerned about making mistakes.
To help you to feel more confident, we have put together seven things to avoid when hiring a nanny, so you can be sure that you aren’t missing anything important.

Don’t start your search at the wrong time
Although it is great to feel organised and you may want to start searching for your nanny immediately, this is not always the best thing to do. Nannies will not always be happy to wait around to start work, if you have decided to hire them months before you need them to start and a lot can happen during that time which could jeopardise the hiring process.
On the other hand, you also don’t want to leave it too late to start your nanny search as there is nothing worse than rushing through interviews and feeling under pressure, especially when you are in the later stages of pregnancy or have a young child to contend with.

Don’t ignore your gut instincts
When you are hiring someone it can be easy to ignore those niggling feelings that you get when something doesn’t feel quite right. At the end of the day, this person will be helping to bring up your child and you need to trust them 100%, so ignoring your gut instincts isn’t an option.
You need to feel comfortable enough to question them further over anything that you have worries or concerns about and if they are right for you they won’t mind answering these additional queries to put you at ease.

Don’t hire someone who lacks the experience you want
It is very likely that you will know exactly what experience you would like your nanny to have. Whether this is certain qualifications or if you want them to have worked with multiple siblings, it is important that you don’t let these hopes slide as you interview potential employees.
No nanny is perfect but hiring someone who you know can do everything you need them to do is vital in making sure that the relationship will work.

Don’t be unclear about your expectations
Different nannies are happy to carry out different tasks and you must lay your expectations out on the table during the interview process to ensure that you are on the same page.
For example, you don’t want to hire someone thinking that they will be happy to carry out housework tasks only to find out that this is something that they do not do.

Don’t give vague employment details
Once again, this tip is all about being honest during the interview stage and not leaving anything out that should be discussed.
Let potential nannies know what their salary will be, when they will be paid, the hours that you would like them to work and how much holiday they will get. This will ensure that there are no surprises once you have decided to offer them the job.

Don’t discard references
Contacting references is an important part of any interview process. Not because you don’t trust what the person that you are interviewing is telling you but because they can’t give you answers from an employer’s point of view.
Questions you may like to ask their referees are about any issues they may have had, times that they felt the nanny did something particularly great, how many times they were late or off sick and if they would recommend the nanny to their friends and family.

Don’t forget to schedule time in the home with your new nanny
Once you have chosen a nanny and decided to offer them the job, schedule some time when they can come over and shadow you in your home. This will help them to see how you are bringing up your children, the routines that you have and to introduce them to the home itself.

We hope that these tips help you to find your new nanny and please do contact us if you have any questions that we can assist you with.

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