How to Find a Nanny For Your Children

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by admin on September 14, 2010


All working parents need to know their children are properly cared for while they are earning a living for the family. Knowing your child is safe and well creates peace of mind to concentrate on job duties during work hours, travel, or whenever you must be away from home.

Nanny or Babysitter

Learning how to find a nanny for your children is without a doubt one of the most important tasks you will ever have in parenting. The first step, however, is deciding if you need a nanny or a babysitter. Although no exact definition exists for babysitting, in general, a babysitter works more or less on an as-needed basis. The sitter you use for an evening out or a Saturday shopping trip, although trustworthy and dependable, may not be the same care you want for your child on a daily basis.

In many cases, college students or teenagers can provide temporary care for your child or children, and as the name implies, will sit with your little ones. Sometimes a babysitter is only in the home while the children are in bed asleep, with instructions as to how to reach the parents if necessary; with no special training needed for this job, the rate of pay reflects that fact.

On the other hand, a nanny typically has more responsibility in the care of children and may even perform other duties within the household such as cooking, cleaning or laundry. A nanny may live in the home with the family, having her own private room and bath, or may commute daily as workers do for any other position. A nanny normally has specialized training and works only for one family. Rather than a series of babysitters, having a dependable nanny who is helpful to the family and in the home every day is usually preferable for children.

Define Duties

After you have made the decision to hire a nanny, rather than a babysitter, the next step is to decide what duties you will expect from him or her. Make a list of questions you want to ask and discussion points you want to talk about in an interview. Know the number of hours you want the nanny in the home, the times of day, or if you want live-in care.

Check Thoroughly

Finding the perfect nanny for your family will take a little time and proper research. Online sites, local nanny agencies, and references from friends or relatives are all possibilities. Do not rush–give yourself enough time to find a reliable agency or person you can trust. If you are hiring through an agency, be sure to ask what background checks they perform. However a nanny is hired, essential information includes criminal histories, credit reports, driving records and references, as well as statements from previous employers. If you can get the names of previous employers, contact them yourself and ask about their satisfaction with the prospective nanny and why the relationship ended.

When the safety and happiness of your children is at stake, no amount of checking and investigating is too much. It is your responsibility to be as sure as possible that the person you hire is honest and caring. With proper research and a clear understanding of what you expect from a nanny, you will make the right decision and ensure excellent care for your precious children.

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