Parents are very particular about choosing a nanny or a care provider for their off springs. There is a genuine research and effort that goes in to select a care provider of choice who promises to be an affectionate companion of the loved ones. Considerate people are ready to go an extra length to ascertain the characteristics possessed by the prospective nannies to ensure people of true value enter the family to take care of the kids as required. We follow stringent processes to ensure professionally sound and capable nannies are selected to take care of the kids. Nannies provide in-home childcare services for families and often become beloved members of a household. Many nannies live on-site with families and care for the children on an around-the-clock basis. There may be a need to manage additional responsibilities like picking up and dropping the kids to school, preparing meals, and assisting with personal care. At times we even make the nanny work on household cleaning and we ensure availability of help for house cleaning in Calgary. We recommend following certain critical steps that are of help in evaluating a prospective nanny.
Performing Thorough Research of the References
If you’re using a nanny agency, it will handle the background and reference checks. If you’re searching on your own, even then it will be good to follow a stringent screening criterion as it is a matter of care of the loved ones. Often, families will feel so confident after interviewing a candidate that they will forgo formal background checks. Don’t let that happen, make sure your nanny is thoroughly vetted before officially welcoming her into your home. This means running a criminal background check, asking for a drug test, requesting a clean driving record, and verifying references. When calling references, have a list of prewritten four to five questions that will help you get a good sense of the nanny’s personality, work ethic, abilities, and trustworthiness. Be alert enough to ask how long she had been working for earlier customers and the ages of the children she cared for. At times you can also do a Google search or presence on social media. Social media is very public and the nanny, in some ways, is an extension of your family so it is worthwhile making this research. If content posted by the care provider is not reflective of your beliefs or philosophies, that candidate may not be a good fit, and may not be someone you would want to integrate in the environment of your family
Ensure to Interview the Candidates Personally
Once you narrow down your list of prospective nannies, invite each one over to your home for a face-to-face chat. This is your chance to get a better sense of the candidate’s personality and ask important questions about her experience with things like cloth diapers, peanut allergies, administering medicine and first aid, or whatever other particulars that are of interest to you. Trust your first instincts, the first few moments will tell you a lot about your potential connection based on your gut reaction alone. If you have questions about the nanny’s past employment or any concerns that came up in your background checks, address them during the one-on-one meeting. Consider having your children present during the interview so you can see how she talks to, responds, and interacts with them.
Go in for a Trial Run
In case you have shortlisted a candidate, schedule a time to have her come by your home for a couple of hours. This is the time when the nanny will work in your home and have time to interact with your kids. You will get an opportunity for a personal observation of whatever has been promised regarding personality, child-care style, and fit with your family dynamics. Although you should consider your first impressions, remember that the nanny needs time to get to know you, too, as it takes time for the care provider as well to embrace the family environment. Ensure to spend productive time in the beginning itself to build a successful long-term relationship.
We are glad that you preferred to contact us. Please fill our short form and one of our friendly team members will contact you back.