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Hiring Your First Nanny: Tips for a Perfect Fit

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 4/10/24 9:13 AM
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Hiring Your First Nanny: Tips for a Perfect Fit


Embracing the journey of hiring your first nanny can be smooth and rewarding with the right approach. A little preparation and planning will pay off in dividends, by saving you time, and frustration, and possibly even preventing a failed first hire.

Set The Stage
Start by crafting a detailed job description that encompasses not just childcare, but the broader role your nanny will play in your family’s life. Provide applicants with a peek into what working in your home will be like, and don’t forget to touch on expectations and job duties. When listing out duties, keep in mind industry norms; while a nanny will naturally tidy up, their primary role is nurturing your children, not extensive housekeeping.

Focus on what matters most
When interviewing, focus on getting to know the candidate’s childcare philosophy and how they'll gel with your family's dynamic. Ask them about their skills and experience and how they would apply it to your position. It is a good idea to have a few questions prepared to keep the conversation moving but avoid having an extensive questionnaire which might make the interview feel like a test.

Don’t forget the details
Once you narrow down your search, it is time to focus on the business of hiring. You will want to ask your top candidate(s) for references. When contacting references, make sure you ask a few clear questions that home in on what is most important to you to determine. Just like you, these individuals have busy lives and may be responding to multiple requests as their former nanny secures a new position.

Conducting thorough background checks is vital, ensuring peace of mind. Make sure you enlist the help of a well-respected background check provider.

Fair compensation is key to a thriving nanny-family relationship; consider current industry rates, and living expenses in your area, and offer a wage that reflects the value of the work you are requesting.

Understanding your responsibilities as an employer, such as payroll taxes and insurance, is not just about compliance. While it is important to comply with all labor and tax laws, paying your nanny legally also sends a message to your new employee that you respect and value the professional you invite into your home.

Memorialize your arrangement
A written work agreement is your roadmap to clear expectations and mutual understanding. This step is essential to a harmonious working relationship and avoiding future misunderstandings which might lead to conflicts.


Need a little help?

If this all feels a bit overwhelming, don’t worry, there are professionals available to help you. HomeWork Solutions is here to guide you through the labor and tax laws with ease and expertise, ensuring that the process of hiring your first nanny enriches your family's life. We can even recommend one of our amazing nanny agency partners to assist you with your search. Just give us a call at 1-800-626-4829, and we would be happy to assist you.

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