Finding a qualified, professional caregiver is not an easy feat. Although, it is one of the most important decisions you will make as a parent. At Boston Baby Nurse and Nanny we know that your children are the most precious things in your life. That is why we are here to provide a seamless process with a rewarding outcome. Here are a few tips to help you find a nanny that your family will love.

1. Know Your Must Haves, Nice to Haves, and Definitely Don’t Wants

Before even beginning your nanny search, write down your family and household needs. This will help you understand what job tasks are non-negotiable and which are more of a preference. If you don’t get out of work until late, then you know you will 100% need a nanny who can drive to pick up the children after school. Perhaps, you would like to find a nanny who is willing to prepare dinner, but that isn’t a top priority.

2. Advertise a Competitive, but Comfortable Rate

Post an hourly rate that is competitive, but also allows you to still give raises and bonuses. Ask your nanny agency what the going rate is in your city so you have an idea where to set your range.

3. Be Open Minded When Considering Candidates

It can provide valuable perspective to interview potential candidates even if they don’t check all the boxes, provided that they check your important ones. Meeting with a variety of candidates can allow you to compare backgrounds, styles, types of experience and personalities. You never know who might surprise you by being a great fit!

4. Find a Nanny Whose Childcare Philosophies Align with Yours

When going through the interview process, it is important to make sure the nanny and parents have parenting styles that match. Consistency is important for children and key to making a nanny/family relationship work smoothly.  Consider your preferences for discipline, nap routines, feeding, and general interactions. Ask the nanny questions about how he or she might handle specific situations that could arise and be sure that you feel comfortable with their answers.

5. Are your Communication Styles Compatible?

You want to make sure that the personality of your nanny and your family will complement one another. The nanny/family relationship is a very intimate one where this person is in your home and with your children every day. The most important part of that is communication style. Here are two questions that could help you understand a candidate’s communication skills.

  • Tell me about a time you were involved in a work conflict, and how you handled it.
  • How do you prefer to communicate?

6. Seek the Help of a Nanny Agency

A nanny agency does the hard work so that you don’t have to. They vet candidates, speak with references, and weed out the individuals who are not the right fit. Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny also completes state of the art background checks, online presence search, formal resume review, driving record check, and more. We will find a nanny that you love and matches your family’s unique needs.

7. Offer a Trial Period

Consider offering your nanny a paid trial period. Usually, 1-2 days can give you a sense of how the nanny will interact with your children and in your home.  It will also provide the nanny with a sense of how the job will look and feel. This is for both of your benefits to make sure you are entering into a respectful and comfortable relationship.

8. Sign a Written Agreement

It is essential to have a nanny contract, so it is clear what the expectations are for both parties. If the nanny is uncertain about anything, she can ask question and you can make edits as necessary before signing the contract. This will make sure everyone is on the same page from day one.

We are a nanny agency in Boston, MA that after years of success has spread its wings to serve all of New England. Find a nanny with our award-winning services and be sure your children are in trustworthy and capable hands. Email us at info@bostonbabynurse.com or call us at 781-444-4063. We will support you through every step of the process, including post nanny placement guidance.

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