Finding a Great Nanny

Nannies are a great resource for your child – individualized attention, regular routines, and environments based solely on your child. Yet finding the right nanny, much like finding the right daycare, can be difficult. A few signs of a good nanny:

  • They show a genuine interest in your whole family.
  • Your child is excited to see them each day.
  • Your child can’t wait to tell you about their activities together.
  • You are comfortable having them in your home—they fit.
  • Your child (and his or her room) is clean.
  • Accidents are rare.
  • They are reliable and always show up on time.
  • They are open to feedback and easy to talk to.
  • They go the extra mile.
  • They communicate openly about what is going on with your child.
  • How do you find the right nanny though? Consider this list of tips:
  • Interview without the children first – get a good feel for who the person is, what their philosophies are, how you envision them interacting with your child
  • Obtain referrals and call all of them
  • Be upfront and honest – tell them your needs, what hours to expect, other tasks you require, what to expect from your child
  • Explain that you will run a comprehensive background check
  • Run background checks in all counties they have lived during the last 10 years
  • Pay a little more for a background check that uses Social Security numbers
  • Ask your significant other or other family to meet the candidates – get their reaction, their vibe, and listen to what they have to say
  • Introduce them to your child AFTER the background check
  • Spend some time with them and your child together, see how they interact
  • Most importantly – go with your gut! If something doesn’t seem right, say something
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