How-To Hire a Nanny: Part Three
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How-To Hire a Nanny: Part Three

by Martha Scully

Hiring a nanny can be a daunting task, especially for the busy parent who needs help. While CanadianNanny.ca 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.

Continue with our four-part series on “How-To Hire a Nanny”; interviewing and checking references.

Step 5 – Face-to-Face Interviews

Schedule a time to meet with each potential nanny at a time that’s available for both of you. Either hold it in your home when there are no distractions to pull your attention away, i.e. kids, or meet in a neutral location like a coffee shop to chat with them. Be prepared for the meeting: create a rough agenda with questions specific to your needs and the nanny’s qualifications so you don’t miss anything. If you want to see how the nanny interacts with your child(ren), schedule a different time to do this. See “ Step 8 - Do a Trial Run with the Nanny” next week, or refer to the “How to Hire and Keep a Good Nanny” guide you got with your membership.

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.

Step 6 – Check References

After you've met with all the potential nannies, you probably already have an idea of who you want to hire. Check with them to see if you can contact their references, and then give the references a call. Warning! – if a nanny doesn't want to provide you with references, you probably don’t want to hire them. You should check at least 2 references for each person. Be informal with the reference and ask for general information, like how many children they have and how long ago the nanny last cared for them. Then, ask more specific questions in relation to child care, such as whether the nanny followed house rules, and if the parent would hire them again. Use the information provided by the references to select your top 3 candidates.

Check back next week for part four, the final steps to getting the right nanny for your family.

For tips on interviewing the nannies and checking references, 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!

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

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About the Author
Martha Scully
Martha is the founder of CanadianNanny.ca. 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.