Good after school nannies are difficult to find. Without the right hiring and screening process completed upfront, you may rely partially on luck to locate the right caregiver for your children. To improve your efforts to hire a qualified, caring nanny, incorporate these tips into your efforts.
Prepare a Job Description
Your objectives, expectations, work schedule and other factors must be well-suited for the nanny. When you prepare a detailed job description upfront, you may quickly narrow your search to candidates who satisfy your essential needs.
Some parents understandably get excited about getting extra help with the kids and with chores around the house. Keep in mind that even the best after school nannies may not be able to tackle everything that you might otherwise be able to.
Consider Transportation Needs
Will your nanny need to pick up your children from school or drive them to and from their various activities? If your nanny will need transportation, ensure that he or she has a safe, reliable car and a great driving record. Many families will allow their nanny to use the family car as well.
Look for Flexibility
In many cases, parents may arrive home from work at different times in the evening from day to day. If this is the case for you, find a nanny who can stay later as needed and without advance notice. If you can’t find one nanny to cover every afternoon, consider splitting the job across two sitters/nannies. The bonus is that you then have two people who you can reach out to when in a pinch.
Pay Attention to Values
Your nanny will spend a considerable amount of time with your children and may be responsible for preparing meals and snacks, helping with homework and enforcing rules. Ideally, their efforts will be a seamless extension of your own. So, trust your gut. If something seems like it might not work out, it probably won’t.
Complete a Background Check
A background check should be completed on any serious candidate, and it should include a review of criminal history, credit rating, and employment history. Any red flags should be taken seriously.
After you have thoroughly interviewed and screened potential nannies, the matter of actually calling references may seem rather unimportant. However, the types of references that the individual provides as well as what these references may say about him or her can tell you valuable information that you may have not yet learned through your other efforts.
Your life may be rather stressful and chaotic until you hire the right nanny to care for your children, but you should avoid rushing through the hiring process. You may find yourself dealing with many new problems if you do not take proper steps to make a smart selection.