Hiring a nanny to take care of your child
Finding and employing a nanny for your child is an important decision as the person you choose will be in charge for the hours you are away of your child so it is important that they are up to the job. Three of the most important things to look for when choosing a nanny are patience, experience and training and you should interview candidates as thoroughly as possible before choosing one.
You will also have to make the decision of hiring a live in nanny or a day nanny, this of course will depend on the hours that you would need a nanny and the type of work you do.
If you frequently have a change in the hours you work or work odd hours then having a live in nanny could work out better. It is important to have a rough idea of your expectations of a nanny before interviewing, so talk it over with your partner before beginning the interviews.
A live in nanny
This type of nanny will live in your home and have room and board in addition to a salary, live in nannies have more flexibility when it comes to your working hours and can develop a closer relationship with your child for being in the home.
A live in nanny may also help manage the home but this should be discussed beforehand and should be made clear if this is what you would expect.
The downside to having a live in nanny could be a lack of privacy within the home and rules would have to be discussed beforehand concerning this, not only privacy for you and your partner but also privacy for the nanny should be taken into account.
Usually a live in nanny will be given her own transport to use during the week for transporting your child if necessary so this is also an added cost as you are usually expected to provide the transport.
Live out nannies
A live out nanny will provide your child with the same quality of child care but will be expected to have her own transport for taking your child out, though usually you will be expected to contribute towards some of the cost and this is usually included within the salary.
Another consideration is commuting time this will affect the working hours and possibly could alter schedules if for any reason the nanny is held up in traffic.
A live in nanny becomes almost a part of the family to your young child and an important part of growing up for your child is being with people other than family, a live out nanny can be like a breath of fresh air for your child in this aspect.
A live out nanny will not have any problems into adjusting into a new environment, many live in nannies suffer from homesickness in their new position. Live out nannies often have families of their own and so will only work set hours which are usually defined beforehand this could cause a problem if you work unpredictable hours or often have to work overtime and weekends.
There are benefits and pitfalls to both live in and live out nannies and being aware of these and being honest and straightforward during the interview process can save both you and the candidate valuable time.
You should always ask for references when considering hiring a nanny, and be outright and ask any questions you feel appropriate, questions to ask could be:
- How many years experience the nanny has had.
- What age groups has the nanny worked with previously.
- Where was the nanny last employed and did they give her a reference.
- What was the reason for the nanny leaving the position.
- Is the nanny qualified in first aid.
- Would they be willing to be flexible in working hours.
- How would they reprimand your child if it was needed.