how to choose the right nanny
February 6, 2007 5:44am CST
what things to you consider when looking for a nanny? what questions do you ask them? does age matters? is nanny for women only?
1 Jul 07
nanny is not only for women, its for everybody as long as she/he can get along with the kids. I am a nanny before, i dont have experience of taking care of the baby/kids but i studied caregiver. based on my experienced not only the employer will observe the behavior of the nanny but the nanny as well. My employer treated me bad. if you find a nanny please treat her very well.
12 Feb 07
Here's how: 1. Know her experience in nannying. You can ask her previous employers and get a reliable information. 2. Check her health. Require her to present a clean bill of health. You can sponsor the cost if she is cannot afford the cost of check ups. 3. Know her family. Hope she does not have a problematic family. If she has a loving and caring family she would probably be lovinga and caring as well. Ask their neighbors. 4. Ask her to present police clearance jus to be sure she was not involved in any crime. Good luck.
10 Feb 07
Age really matters because having a nanny that is too old won't be able to play with your kids. Too young would be also very hard to control, because they tend to be vulnerable in courtship with men in your neighborhood. I guess choosing a nanny is like hiring someone that has a heart in her work. Just like mothers they would have more concern on the kids welfare. And yes nanny is for women only. Do you want you daughter to be taken care of a man that you barely know? I guess you know what i mean.
• United States
9 Feb 07
I agree with the other people that have posted. I use to travel in my job when my daughter was an infant. I had a nanny that traveled with me. I had a male nanny. I grew up with him so I knew we had nearly the same values and moral upbringing. I think a man can do the same jobs that are trationally women's jobs. He was the best babysitter I have ever have. He was patient and kind to my child, and talked softly to her. He took his time out with her to make sure she learned and played. I think older people normally have more patients but younger people can keep up better.
7 Feb 07
use your instinct to guide you in choosing the right nanny. Install a camera and let HER know that she's being watched whatever she does to the baby. Give her all the thing she NEEDS and you won't have to do the same process of choosing a good nanny again.
• United States
6 Feb 07
Ask lots of questions. Check his/her background. I don't think age matters. Before hiring anyone,I would have a "trial day" for them to come in and see how they interact with your child. Do they smoke? Have they ever been arrested? Why did they leave their last job? How do they handle mis-behaving children? Why did they decide to become a nanny?