Finding a French Nanny

July 16, 2013

We regularly receive requests from families looking for a French-speaking nanny. We have a few suggestions to ensure you are making the right choice in hiring a French-speaking nanny.

  1. Not all children can handle two languages spoken to them at one time. If your child has any communication or cognitive challenges, you may want to see the advice of a speech pathologist to determine the appropriate timing for a second language.
  2. How are the nanny's English speaking skills? The nanny should be fluent in both English and French.
  3. Ensure her qualifications, outside her French-speaking capabilities, are suitable for your family. A bilingual nanny is great, but is she the right fit for your family? Will she be able to handle your infant or your challenging school-aged child?
  4. Can you speak French? If not, you should be willing to learn along with your child.
  5. Depending on your area, French-speaking nannies are in high demand. Be flexible on live-in/live-out, wage and the hours needed so you have a higher chance of success in finding the right person.
  6. Finally, be sure to test the potential nanny's skill in French. Just because she is from Quebec, does not mean she can speak French fluently.

Have you hired a bilingual nanny for your family? What language?

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