When it comes to hiring a nanny, parents often make a few fairly common and easy to avoid mistakes. This usually happens when the hiring process is done out of desperation or without paying enough attention to small details, perhaps because the nanny came highly recommended. In the end, such small mistakes often have major repercussions. So the next time you are in the process of hiring a nanny, make it a point to watch out for and avoid these mistakes. It is better to be safe than sorry. Here are some of the most common mistakes parents make when hiring a nanny:
1. Not asking enough questions
Many parents do not take their time when interviewing their prospective nannies. Some don’t even interview them at all. If you intend to hire someone who will be spending the bulk of their time around your kids, you need to take your time interviewing them.
Nannies understand that these interviews are part of the job. Do not be afraid to ask your future nanny as many questions as you need to, making sure you are as comfortable as possible with her before hiring her. Prepare a list of questions before meeting her. If possible, let her interact with your child during the interview process. Make a mental note of any red flags as you watch her.
When you interview your nanny, be very clear about your expectations; whether she will be exclusively taking care of the kids or if there will be additional non-childcare related duties such as cooking and light housekeeping. Take your time with her and ask her everything you need to. Be clear from the very beginning, and make sure she understands what you expect from her while you give her the chance tell you what she can and cannot do. This will prevent disappointment and potential conflicts in the future.
2. Not contacting previous employers
Many parents often do not bother to contact the previous employers the nanny has worked for before hiring her. Getting a second opinion about the nanny from previous families is the best way to know what you can expect from the nanny. Be sure to contact at least two to three different references to ensure that there are no red flags.
3. Not clarifying your childcare philosophy and parenting style
Every family is different. Before you hire your nanny, you need to discuss what her childcare philosophy is. Then make sure to discuss what your family’s childcare philosophy is. This includes your methods for disciplining, praising and rewarding your children. This will ensure consistency and avoid potential conflicts in the future.
4. Not providing an employment contract
Before you hire your nanny, make sure to sign an employment contract with her. Outline the salary, job description, remuneration for any extra work, paid and unpaid time off, payment schedule and hours of work. Make sure your contract is as detailed as possible to avoid any misunderstandings in the future.
Being aware of these common mistakes and addressing them before you hire your nanny is the better way than trying to solve conflicts after you have already hired your nanny. Here at Signet Nannies, we take over the work and worry to find your perfect nanny. Give us a call (678-637-5559) to discuss your childcare needs and figure out what works for you.