by Carrie Vallance
Finding a reliable nanny to care for your child(ren) can be a daunting task. Nothing will send a parent into a panic more quickly than the thought of leaving their child(ren) with someone they don’t really know. We quickly conjure up an image of the latest news story where a sweet, unassuming family captured a frightening video on their nanny cam. When we leave our kids in the care of someone else, it’s important to know where to find good caregivers and what questions to ask. In the next few posts, I’m going to share my personal experience searching for a nanny.
My twin girls were almost 3 when I decided to return to work, prompting our search for a nanny. There are a multitude of options for childcare, but we decided that a nanny was the best option for us. Once we decided we wanted to employ a nanny, the work began to find someone that would fit our family and our schedule.
One of the most common questions I see on parenting forums is, “Where is the best place to find a nanny?” The answer is that there is no one-size-fits-all, but there are many options available and you are certain to find one that works for you. Personal referrals are always my preference, but those aren’t always available. A nanny-share is also a great option if you know someone that employs a nanny and you can coordinate your schedules to share their time.
If you don’t have a personal referral, then you will need to explore other avenues. You can either save money and do the work yourself or hire a nanny referral service and let them do the work. Sites like care.com and sittercity.com do some of the work for you by providing a place to post an ad, review applicants and communicate with applicants through their platform, all for a nominal fee. An additional benefit of using one of these platforms is that they provide access to reviews when available, and often offer access to background checks. I chose to do a bit of the work myself and go the route of care.com on the recommendation of some of my mom friends.
Once you have chosen your search platform, the next step is to craft an ad to ensure you get the right applicants. I’ve included my ad below to help get you started writing your own ad. Be specific and cover all of the bases. If you think you might need someone to work additional hours occasionally or if you need them to transport your child(ren) to/from activities or to/from school, be sure to outline this in your ad. This helps ensure you aren’t wasting time interviewing candidates you could have ruled out with a more detailed ad. Stay tuned for my next post where I’ll provide some tips for interviewing your nanny candidates.
I am looking for a reliable nanny for my 3-year-old twin daughters. I will be working outside the home 5 days a week, generally a normal 40-hour week. My husband works from home and has a more flexible schedule, but still works a 40-hour week. Every couple months my husband travels for work and we need someone that could work extra hours during that time to cover my work hours.
Typical hours will be Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. I am looking for someone that fits in well with our family as you will be spending a lot of time with the most important people in our lives.
The ideal candidate will:
* be energetic
* be reliable
* be even-tempered
* be patient
* be flexible
* have a sense of humor
* be willing to come up with age-appropriate activities
* be willing to get down on their level to play with them
* limit phone or computer time while working
* have at least 3 relevant references that I can speak with
* have an understanding of child development
* be legally allowed to work in the United States.
If you are interested in this position, please reach out to me and let me know a little about you. If our needs and your interests match, then hopefully we can meet up soon.