5 Tips For Finding A Great Nanny

by - August 25, 2017

¡HOLA! Everyone!
     My name is Shauna I am a wife and a mother of two adult children.  I’m a bi-lingual Early Childhood Professional and have worked in the field for over twenty-five years now. I’ve worked as a preschool teacher, camp counselor, managed my own home childcare for several years, to now providing private Nanny-care services for several clients.  My enjoyment working with children has led me to obtain my Associates in the Early Childhood Field and later obtain a B.A. in Business Administration.  My heart for teaching children, having a fun time with activities, and sharing the Spanish language with them has been a blast.  Today, I wanted to share 5 quick tips on how to find a Great Nanny!
Melissa and Doug

1.    Try to narrow down as best as possible what your family’s needs are, day to day, before beginning your search.  For example: What days, or times are you looking for care?  What type of day do you envision your child engaging in?  Make sure all parents, or family members are on the same page with this from the start so interviews are smooth and seamless. How much are you willing to pay for the service? (Note payment differs between nannies on experience, education, or unique services provided for your family.)  Example of a unique service is light housekeeping, meal prep, or children’s clothes washed.  Typical hourly rates could start at $10-$30 and this depends on where you live. You could also offer, or negotiate a salary. Some families may provide some benefits.  Everything is flexible depending on what your family’s needs are as well as your potential nanny’s needs.

2.    Put the word out that you are in the market for nanny services.  Speak with friends and family members that may have a nanny and see if you could get a referral through them.  You could also go online to nanny sites for a fee.  This will allow you to search many profiles, reaching out to potential nannies for interviews all over the computer, or better yet from your cellphone.  Another way to find a nanny is apply for a company that has Au Pairs.  Au Pairs are young ladies from other countries that come to live in with your family for a year to care for your children.  This is a great way to have your schedule covered especially if it’s a unique schedule.  This is also an awesome way to have your child pick up a second language of your choice.  Lastly, call a nanny agency in your area and they will recommend a nanny they feel is best for your family. The agency meets with you and your family and tries to find the best fit.  This service is for a fee and many families love to work with agencies to take away all the legwork from the research itself.  This could be time consuming and some families may not have that luxury. 

3.    Once you’ve found at least 2-3 potential nannies setup separate interviews.  Have questions ready, and be prepared for questions from your potential nanny.  This is the very start of a special relationship and you want to make sure everyone is comfortable.  If your family is not certain they’ve found the right care giver if possible continue your search until you get close to who you feel is a great match.  Open communication will foster a positive relationship from the start.

4.    Optional step: Have a contract, or agreement written out spelling the expectations from both ends.  This is totally a choice between you and your potential nanny. There is no right or wrong answer here merely preference.

5.    Have all necessary tools and communications for your nanny to be successful everyday with your children.  

     At the end of the day you want your child to be safe and have fun filled days.  Meanwhile, building beautiful bonds between all, that your family will be able to cherish for years to come.  Here is a pic of a Little client of mine I have worked with them professionally for 6 years now.

Thank you for reading if you have any questions, or comments please post them below.  I will leave my contact information if you would like to connect with me.

Elaine Turner

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  1. It was a pleasure writing this post and I hope it's helpful for many families ❤

    1. Thank you so much and I'm sure it will be :)

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  3. This is great. Sometimes I see ppl rush into the nanny relationship without doing these things and it ends in disappointment for everyone involved. This is a must read for those looking for a nanny to care for their little!

    1. definitely! Share with anyone you know who this would help.

  4. Great information, I feel this is one of the most important things you would have to take time to be thourough about! A nanny would definately have to be a good fit.