Points to Note when Looking for a Nanny to Hire.
There are online sites and several nanny groups where people living in California can find a nanny. Use some of the senior care agencies that train and find jobs for nannies in California. However, if you prefer to search for a caregiver by yourself other than use the Senior Care California agencies, below are tips to follow.
Think of the long-term reasons why you require a nanny. Do not get a nanny that will not stay for long. You want a nanny that will stay long, without having to change them after every few months. A good nanny will walk with you throughout the journey of baby growth, from sitting, to crawling to walking, etc. Get a nanny who will care for the entire family and not the kids only.
By word of mouth, share with your friends that you need a nanny or your previous caregivers. Prepare for the interview with a list of valid questions that you would want to ask. 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. Try to ask some of the unexpected questions. Just like any other career interview, ask an unexpected question, and out of the blues. Try to get answers like what the nanny would do in cases of an emergency like kids getting sick, etc. 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. Let the nanny give her expected salary figure as well as the amount you intend to pay her.
When you have the nanny of your choice, ensure you conduct a background check before hiring her. Referees in her CV will be in a position to give information regarding their experience with the caregiver. 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.
Prepare and sign the contract with the nanny before she starts the job. Let your attorney help you with the contract.
Come to an agreement with the nanny regarding important days such as sick off, weekly off day, annual leave etc. If you will be providing other benefits such as bonuses, inform the nanny. When the nanny starts the job, put forward your expectations.
Inform her of what she should and should not do. For easier bonding with the kids, introduce her to everyone, and conduct and induction training. Emphasis on the working hours especially if the nanny does not leave with you and reports every day in the morning. If you find it right, have a nanny cam in the house.
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