How-To Hire a Nanny: Part Four

How-To Hire a Nanny: Part Four

by Martha Scully

Hiring a nanny can be a daunting task, especially for the busy parent who needs help. While can provide you with many nannies in your area, it’s still up to you to decide who the best fit for your family is. To help you through that process, we've made this “How-To” guide, outlining the steps from posting your job to choosing your nanny.

Read the last of our four part series on “How-To Hire a Nanny”; criminal record checks and the trial day.

Step 7 – Check Criminal Record Checks

All nannies are prepared for this question; some may even have one ready for you. If not, ask the nanny to have a police record check done. The nanny will need to go to their local police department to request it, then pick it up and provide it to you – there may be a fee for this and it’s up to you whether you help the nanny out with the cost or not. can help you with this! Check out the Screening Services we offer.

Step 8 – Do a Trial Run with the Nanny

If you really like what you've been given already, consider having the nanny in for a trial day to see how they interact with your child(ren). The nanny should be paid for this time, and be given a chance to interact with the child(ren) without you being there the whole time, but still available. Review the day with the nanny at the end, and let her know when you’ll be making a decision. Talk to your family about how they liked the nanny, but always trust your gut instinct.

Throughout the hiring process, remember that you are hiring an employee , not a new friend. Therefore, pick the best person for the job, not just the person you get along with the best.

For more information on doing a trial day, refer to the “How to Hire and Keep a Good Nanny” guide you got with membership. Didn't receive it when you registered? Contact us!

Using all of the information you've learned about your favourite nannies, pick the one you’re going to hire, but keep the other ones on hand should you need some back-up care. We recommend that you let each individual know if they haven’t been chosen for the position, so they’re not left in the dark.

If you have any questions about the service or your nanny search, please contact us at or 1-866-221-7918

Check out all of our Nanny posts here!

About the Author
Martha Scully
Martha is the founder of Martha has been featured as a Child Care Expert in hundreds of publications across Canada including The Globe and Mail, CBC, Today's Parent and The National Post, She lives in British Columbia with her husband and two daughters.