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Contrary to what some people think -- and what may have once been true -- a nanny is not just for rich families. In fact, having a nanny, either live-in or live out, is becoming a more popular form of child care. Whether you are a two income family with involved careers or a busy at-home mom with too much to accomplish and not enough time, a nanny may be the answer to your childcare dilemma.
Tiffani Goings, a Phoenix based professional nanny, loves her job. Before becoming a full time nanny four years ago, she babysat for over seven years. The families she works with can attest to her commitment and passion for children. She states that the great majority of her families are average, everyday people who want quality care for their children. And while Goings says that you can't get to know someone completely until you work with them, it is important to carefully approach the hiring process.
Follow her step-by-step suggestions and you'll be ready to find the perfect match for your family.
Once you have thought through your family's requirements and concluded what type of situation will work for you, it's time to begin your search.
During your interviews, there are several pieces of information you will want to know, such as the nanny's past experience, her philosophies on discipline and authority, whether she has any "extras" such as CPR and first aid certification, and her schedule.
As a nanny, Tiffani Goings suggests you ask your candidate whether she plans to have children one day. While it is does not necessarily hold true in all cases, Goings believes that most nannies that plan to have children nanny because they truly love what they do. Again, although there are certainly exceptions, she believes that most nannies should have a passion for children such that they want them one day as well.
Goings also suggests asking the nanny some questions that are a little more personal than your average interview questions -- nothing illegal or too personal -- but more conversational than questions you might ask if you were hiring for an office job, for example. While Goings wouldn't divulge her entire life in an interview, she expects that families want to get to know her on a more individual level. She realizes that should she receive a job offer, the family hiring her will trust her with the most important things in their world - their children. Additionally, she will become an important part of their daily lives.
Wingate stresses the importance of doing your homework before hiring a nanny. Many nanny matching services offer background checks on all of the nannies. Should you find a nanny that does not already have a background check, run one. You may want to obtain DMV reports if your nanny will drive your children. Wingate also emphasizes the need to check references. She suggests that you when you ask your potential nanny for her references, be sure to insist on land line contact numbers, not cell phone numbers, because the latter are easier to track.
Hiring a nanny shouldn't be stressful or overwhelming. Give yourself ample time, take Wingate's suggestions to heart, and you'll be on your way!