Choosing an exceptional nanny for your child is a very important decision. Many working parents today go through nanny agencies to simplify the whole process. It is wise to weigh out variables carefully when interviewing a potential caregiver through a nanny agency. It is essential to learn about what to look for and what questions to ask. If you are selective and cautious as a parent, you and your child will surely have a very positive outcome!
There are many nanny agencies in local communities that have been reviewed by the Better Business Bureau. Ask other local parents about experiences they have had with area nanny agencies. Presently, there are numerous well respected agencies throughout the nation. Many agencies have strict guidelines for their nannies. In some cases, caregivers may need to have a criminal background check, a minimum 2 years experience with children, and exceptional references. Ask the agencies about what specific guidelines are followed in selecting caregivers.
Many agencies will allow you to have a working interview, where you can observe the potential nanny interacting with your child in your home. Watch the caregiver's direct interactions with your child closely. See how your child responds to the nanny. Does the nanny show a genuine interest? Do they get down to your child's level? Ask open ended questions pertaining to prior experiences working in homes or daycare centers with children. Also, be sure to find out about how the nanny would structure a typical day. Ask question about views in regards to discipline. What does the nanny know about child development? Find out what types of programs and crafts would be planned on a day spent with your child. Ask the nanny to give you a specific example of a schedule for your child including time for play, crafts, rest and meals. An experienced nanny should have no problem thinking up a hypothetical daily routine.
If you are comfortable, suggest for the agency to give you additional references to call for your top nanny choices. Find out how long the nanny may have been at previous child care jobs. Learn about the types of relationships the nanny developed with former children in her care. Learn about the caregiver's character and value system. Be thorough and careful while finding the right nanny for your child. Your efforts in proceeding with patience and caution will surely lead you to the right nanny.