This week I have been talking about my hunt for the perfect nanny. OK, so here are the most important things I think you need to think about when hiring your nanny.
#1 – Background check, background check, background check. This person will be taking care of your most precious thing in the world, your baby, and you can never be too careful.
#2 – You will more than likely be spending A LOT of time with this person, so you must be compatible.
#3 – If you have a zillion kids like myself, this person may need to be pretty fit and in good health. I can’t tell you how many women I talked to who I seriously didn’t think could make it up my stairs. How is she going to take care of four children and twins to boot when she can’t even walk up the stairs?
#4 – How do your children react to her? If they don’t bond right off the bat, then this may not be a good fit.
#5 – Make sure you both sign a contract. This will assist you in establishing job responsibilities, compensation, vacation time, benefits, sick pay, etc. Just good to have on hand.
#6 – If your nanny is going to be toting your kids around, does she have reliable or big enough transportation? Personally, I think anyone who chooses this as her career should be driving a minivan. Mine drives a Saab – go figure! This leads me to…
#7 – Driving record – very important. Make sure your insurance policies now include your nanny. We added ours to our car insurance. No matter what you think, there will come a time when she drives your car, because she may be driving a Saab that fits NO children!
Babycenter.com has some good articles that go into more detail such as legal requirements, content for a nanny contract, and signs of a good nanny, You can also check the website for the International Nanny Association. They have some salary ranges from a salary survey they did as well as resources for contracts and hiring practices. These salaries do seem a little low to me. In Charlotte you can expect to pay (for a nanny that comes to your home and takes care of only your children) $10/hour for 1 child, $11-12/hour for 2 children and $12-14/hr for more than 2 kids. Outside of metro Charlotte you might be able to find a better deal than this.
Good luck! Do you have any additional tips for hiring a nanny? Please share them by commenting.