Tips for Hiring the Best Caregiver
You can always find a nanny from online nanny groups as well as through nanny service California sites. Use some of the senior care agencies that train and find jobs for nannies in California. Follow below steps when looking for the best nanny to hire.
Think of the long-term reasons why you require a nanny. If a nanny says she want to work for a period of one or two months, continue with your search. Changing caregivers now and then is not good even for the kids. A good nanny will walk with you throughout the journey of baby growth, from sitting, to crawling to walking, etc. The caregiver should take care of the whole family, not just the kids.
By word of mouth, share with your friends that you need a nanny or your previous caregivers. Conduct interviews when you come up with a list of nannies. Among the most important are the years of services, any past criminal record, etc. Do not ask the most obvious question as the nanny will be prepared. Be broad with the interview and ask questions unexpectedly. Find out what a nanny would do if faced with an emergency. The answers the caregiver provides are enough proof of whether she will be good for the kids. Discuss about the salary issue and let her state her expectations and table your offer too.
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 caregiver is someone who will be taking care of your family and your kids, therefore a background check on her family is also important. Know where the nanny resides. Find out from the next of kin if the nanny has been allowed to work, especially if she is married. Check for sites that conduct background checks for caregivers at a fee.
Let the nanny sign a contract detailing all the terms before she starts working. Consult your attorney for assistance with the contract.
Discuss various policies such as weekly off days, sick off, annual leave, vacation days, etc. Also agree on other benefits such as medical cover, bonuses, etc., if available. Explain to the caregiver what is expected of her immediately she starts the job.
Discuss the do’s and don’ts during working hours. For easier bonding with the kids, introduce her to everyone, and conduct and induction training. Mention the working hours especially for nannies not living with you. If you find it right, have a nanny cam in the house.