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. However, if you prefer to search for a caregiver by yourself other than use the Senior Care California agencies, below are tips to follow.
Think of the long-term reasons why you require a nanny. Do not get a nanny that will not stay for long. Changing caregivers now and then is not good even for the kids. A good caregiver will be there throughout the journey of bringing up the kids right from birth to all stages of development. A good nanny should not concentrate on the baby alone, but for the whole family as well.
By word of mouth, share with your friends that you need a nanny or your previous caregivers. After establishing one or two nannies that you want to hire, make a list and get ready for the interview process. 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. Just like any other career interview, ask an unexpected question, and out of the blues. Find out what a nanny would do if faced with an emergency. Observe how she answers some of the questions to be able to know whether she will be good with the kids. Ask about her expected salary and also state the salary you expect to pay her.
After getting the right nanny, before signing the contract, do a background check to know more about her. Call the referees provided in the CV and ask few good deed and bad deeds if any. A family background check is also important as this is someone you will be entrusting with your kids and family. Find out where the caregiver lives. It is also good to enquire from the spouse if the nanny is married, whether she has been allowed to work. Some agencies conduct a background check on caregivers at a considerable fee.
Let the nanny sign a contract detailing all the terms before she starts working. Consult your attorney for assistance 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. Welcome the nanny well, introduce her to everyone to make her feel like part of the family and train her on what she does not know like the use of equipment around the house. If the nanny is not living with your family, state the reporting time. If need be, install a nanny camera in your house.