Choosing the right nanny

How to go about choosing the right nanny for your family

Choosing a dependable and attentive caregiver for your child can prove to be quite a challenge. Whether it’s full-time, part-time or even just for a few hours a day or week when you need to get things done, choosing the right nanny, that will be a good fit for your family, is essential. The key to finding the perfect nanny is patience, you need to be determined and willing to continue the search until you find the ‘one’. These few steps can help you when trying to find the perfect nanny for your children.

  1. Decide what you want from your nanny – do you want someone that can help your children with homework, someone with good language skills, someone playful that your children will have fun with or someone quiet? Do you want your caregiver to be responsible for feeding and providing transportation for your child? It is important to know what you are looking for so the qualities you are looking for in a nanny should be noted before you begin your search. Remember to think long term, many of the things your child needs today they will no longer require in a few months so future thinking will help you to identify the responsibilities of the nanny over a longer period of time.
  2. Let the search begin – talk to friends, family members and co-workers to get recommendations. You can also check online on websites that provide nannies. Most of these websites have nanny profiles where you can see their age, experience and qualifications. You can advertise online, contact agencies or go by reference from friends and family.
  3. Shortlist – narrow your potential nannies to four or five and start the interview the process. Call their references and find out what former employers thought their strengths and weaknesses were. Know what is important to you and have a list of questions ready for your interviews. After one meeting, you will likely have chosen a top 2 or 3 so call them in for the next round. Below you will find some questions that you can ask nannies at the interview.
  4. Trial – ask the nannies to come and spend time with your children for a few days, see how they react to each other, how they bond and how the nanny fits in at your home. Take note of even the smallest details. Listen to your gut feeling – do you like the way they communicate, do they have a good relationship with both you and your child? Do you feel comfortable with the nanny? When they leave, you can even ask your child if they liked the nanny and if they are happy to have the nanny spend more time with them.

Here are some questions that might help you when interviewing a nanny for your children:

How long have you been caring for children?

How long did you spend at your previous job?

What do you find most challenging about your job?

What do you like most about your job?

What is your education level?

Would you be willing to cook for the children and do light housework if required?

How do you stop a baby from crying

Do you like to read books to children

How do you discipline a child?

Do you smoke?

Have you been trained in CPR?


Best of luck in your search for the perfect nanny!

By Komal Qaiser