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Tips for Hiring the Best Caregiver

There are online sites and several nanny groups where people living in California can find a nanny. The best place, however, to find a caregiver will be through a nanny service agency that trains caregivers and help them find jobs. For those who prefer to look for a nanny without using the nanny service agencies, below are steps to follow.

Think of the long-term reasons why you require a nanny. Avoid getting a nanny who insists she is only interested in working for a short time. Changing caregivers now and then is not good even for the kids. A good nanny will stick around and help in bring up the child right from birth, sit, crawl, walk, and other stages of life. The caregiver should take care of the whole family, not just the kids.

By word of mouth, share with your friends that you need a nanny or your previous caregivers. After establishing one or two nannies that you want to hire, make a list and get ready for the interview process. Be sure to ask the interviewee if she has any past criminal record and the years she has worked as a caregiver. Do not ask the most obvious question as the nanny will be prepared. Just like any other career interview, ask an unexpected question, and out of the blues. Find out what a nanny would do if faced with an emergency. The answers the caregiver provides are enough proof of whether she will be good for the kids. Let the nanny give her expected salary figure as well as the amount you intend to pay her.

After you get a nanny of your choice, conduct a background check, even before she starts working. Call the referees provided in the CV and ask few good deed and bad deeds if any. Do a family background check to know more of the person you will be entrusting your kids with. Know where the nanny resides. It is also good to enquire from the spouse if the nanny is married, whether she has been allowed to work. Hire the agencies that do a nanny background check.
Prepare and sign the contract with the nanny before she starts the job. It is good to have it verified and endorsed by your attorney.

Agree on various policies such as off days depending on your availability. If you will be providing other benefits such as bonuses, inform the nanny. Clearly state your expectations when the nanny starts working.

Outline what she should do and what she should not do during working hours. Conduct an induction training and teach her how to use various equipment, and ensure she meets everyone in the family to enable her feel welcomed and comfortable. Emphasis on the working hours especially if the nanny does not leave with you and reports every day in the morning. If need be, install a nanny camera in your house.