Qualities to Look for in a Nanny

Has the thought of bringing on a nanny crept into your mind a time or two? If it has, you want to make sure you do your research on those you might bring into your home.

Given how important your child is to you, the last thing you’d want to do is place him or her in a precarious situation.

With that in mind, what qualities will you look for in a nanny?

Start Your Search Online

Even if you’ve had recommendations to one or more nannies by others, you want to let the Internet have a role in all this.

So, do some searching online to see what you can come up with about any one person of interest to be your next nanny.

With the person’s full name, you could do an online check to see if anything of consequence shows up.

Now, where best to search for such details?

One option is to do a review of the Instant Checkmate service.

Such a service allows you to gain information about people from all walks of life. In helping you narrow down your search, you can learn details about folks before they set foot in your home.

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Among some things you’d want to know about a possible nanny:

  • Background – What kind of background do they have in taking care of kids? While one may have many years in this profession, don’t assume you can hire them without some research. On the flip side, someone rather new to the profession may end up being a good choice. As such, do not discount them because they do not have a ton of experience. You also want to make sure they have some medical training in the event. This if your child has an injury or falls ill while in their care.
  • Location – How far do they live from your home? Having someone close is more times than not going to be the preference. Taking on someone who lives far away can mean complications. What happens if they get hung up in traffic coming to your home and you are on a schedule? If they do not own a car, this can complicate matters too without good public transportation.
  • Pay – Last, what kind of pay are they expecting? Make sure you are both on the same page before any agreement is in writing for them to care for your child. You do not want to find yourself in a financial bind. This can happen because you thought you could afford a nanny and then find out it is too much.

Your Child Has a Role to Play Too

Finding the right nanny is only half the battle.

You want to be as sure as you can be that your child will like the person you bring into the home to care for them. If they do not, it can make for an acrimonious relationship to say the least.

Before bringing someone into your home for an interview, talk to your child if old enough. Talk to your child about the person you are thinking about.

Last, the prospective nanny should also be someone you and your spouse can get along with. Even if on your own and you do not have a partner, you will need to have a good relationship with one caring for your child.

In looking for the best nanny for your child, will you make the right call?