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. Use some of the senior care agencies that train and find jobs for nannies in California. Follow below steps when looking for the best nanny to hire.
Do not get a nanny to solve a current need. If a nanny says she want to work for a period of one or two months, continue with your search. 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. Try to ask questions out of the blue. Some of the questions to ask are what the caregiver would do in case of emergency. Observe how she answers some of the questions to be able to know whether she will be good with the 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. You can reach out to referees provided in the CV and ask a few questions regarding the caregiver you intend to hire. A caregiver is someone who will be taking care of your family and your kids, therefore a background check on her family is also important. Find out where the caregiver lives. Ensure married nannies have been allowed to work by their spouse. 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.
Agree on various policies such as off days depending on your availability. Other added benefits to be discussed included overtimes, bonuses, medical cover, etc. Clearly state your expectations when the nanny starts working.
Outline what she should do and what she should not do during working hours. Conduct an induction training and teach her how to use various equipment, and ensure she meets everyone in the family to enable her feel welcomed and comfortable. Mention the working hours especially for nannies not living with you. If need be, install a nanny camera in your house.