Employing a Nanny
At Nannies Matter, we understand that hiring a nanny can be a daunting process, particularly if you’ve never done it before. That’s why we’re here to help with our guide on how to hire a nanny. Our step-by-step process, along with a couple of extra little tips, will make the whole process go as smoothly as possible.
Understand what you need
Before you contact a nanny agency or publish a vacancy advert, you must first ask yourself “what do I need?”. Is it help with the children? Help with the housekeeping? What times of day do you need help? Do you want a live-in nanny? And what salary will you offer?
Once you have answered the above questions, the search can begin.
Contact a nanny agency
With endless choice of candidates, sometimes it can be hard to find the right nanny for you. Without the help of a professional agency, you’re more likely to settle for a candidate that is convenient rather than someone who is perfect for the job.
Nannies Matter will take the time to understand your requirements. We will then introduce you to a handful of candidates that are most suited to your and your family’s needs. All you need to do then, is interview them...
The style of interview you conduct should reflect your household and personality. So, if you’re a laid back household, feel free to keep things informal and casual. However, if you’re more of a fan of rules and structure, keep things formal to set the tone with the candidate.
Remember, the interview isn’t just a chance for you to make your decision, each prospective nanny will also be taking in their surroundings, deciding if your home is the place where they want to work, so try to make it as inviting and welcoming as possible.
Before the interview, you should prepare a checklist of the qualities that you are looking for in a nanny. Here’s an example:
- A nurturing personality
- Common sense
- A love for children
- Good communication
To avoid time clouding your judgement, tick the qualities you believe the candidate possessed straight after each interview. This, along with your gut instinct will help you decide who to choose in the end.
Dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s
Once you’ve found the perfect nanny for you, it’s time to draw up the employment contracts which will detail the terms of employment for both parties. Don’t worry, we’ll help you out with all the official stuff, leaving you and your family's nanny to settle into the new chapter of your lives.