Where to begin?!?!?! Let’s just say we started with the best so it’s hard to find someone to compare to our dear Auntie A [AKA Alex]. She was with us for 2.5 years, was there with us through the newborn days when Carson first entered the world, to helping potty train Caroline, to travelling with our family for the girls’ first beach vacations, the list goes on and on.
We discussed these concerns with the agency a few times [which they were SO helpful to listen to us and offer suggestions and advice] and also had conversations with our nanny, asking her why she was consistently tardy, what was preventing her from being here, did she have other priorities, etc?
- How long have you been a nanny?
- Do you have any formal early childhood development or childcare training?
- Do you have emergency training? In CPR? In first-aid?
- Tell me about a time when a child you cared for was sick or had an accident
- Tell me what you believe is the difference between a nanny and a baby-sitter…
- Tell me about your ideal family/employer. What made them an ideal match for you?
- Give me some examples of unexpected issues that have come up in your previous jobs and how you and your employer worked thing out…
- What do children like best about you?
- How do you discipline children?
- Tell me your views on nutrition for children…
- What means/methods do you use to track your day and your week?
- Exactly what chores and/or household responsibilities will you do? (meal planning, laundry, cleaning up, baths, errands, etc)
- Do you have future plans (school, job, marriage, etc.) that would put a limit on how long you expect to be a nanny?
- Are there any issues if we need you to stay late (1-2 hrs) on short-notice? How do you feel about staying overnight?
- What will your references say about you?
Pretty good, huh?? Mimi came to the rescue yet again! It was so convenient to have a “bank” of questions to pull from when we interviewed potential nannies. From there, Jeff and I each interviewed 3-4 candidates and then both of us met with the top three to have them over to meet the girls.
From that home meeting, we were able to see how each interacted with Caroline and Carson, how comfortable they felt, etc. Honestly, that was a game changer for us to see who the girls took to, who reached out to them to know more about their personalities/preferences/likes and dislikes/etc.
Afterwards, we individually reached out to each of their references and that’s another piece of advice I wish to offer: Tip #2: Talk to Their References… All of Them! Everyone has different experiences, opinions, pros/cons, and some were very honest with us which helped Jeff and I make our final decision.
So, where are we today?? We are a mere 4 weeks in to our new nanny placement, but Kara has been a DREAM to have here with our girls. She’s engaged, excited, and plans so many fun lessons and outings with my little ladies and both Caroline and Carson are thrilled to have her here. She’s created Reward Charts for each of them to work on cleaning up, being kind to others, etc so that they earn trips to the jumphouse, ice cream store visits, etc. and we have a Daily Check-In/Check-Out sheet that she fills out so that I know what they ate, what they did, how long they napped, etc.
Suffice to say we are still early in our new nanny relationship, but it’s been a blessing to our entire family… so I leave you with Tip #5: Go Easy on Yourself and It Will All Work Out. Jeff and I can now focus on family time at night with C&C, we can knock out most of our work during Kara’s 40-hour work week, and we feel confident that our girls are being well cared for. All in all, a happy home with a nanny that has made a wonderful difference!
Hope this helps answer any questions you had… always an open book so feel free to comment with anything else I may be able to better address!