Finding a French Nannyby Martha Scully • 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.
- 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.
- How are the nanny's English speaking skills? The nanny should be fluent in both English and French.
- 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?
- Can you speak French? If not, you should be willing to learn along with your child.
- 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.
- 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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