Nannies - Employing a Nanny
Should you hire a nanny for your in-home childcare needs? More families than ever before are seeing the benefits of it.
Familiar, loving care in the comfort of their own home is what children with nannies enjoy. Parents enjoy reliable, consistent full-time or part-time childcare and the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your children are getting individual attention in a familiar environment, doing the activities they enjoy most. The benefits of nanny services are obvious.
If you are looking for your very own Marry Poppins, you will only find her in a professional nanny. A professional nanny will often have extensive training in childcare as well as an education in child development. They see the job of nanny as a very important one and have made it a career choice. You will find in your search, that a professional nanny will be more expensive than a novice. But remember, you get what you pay for.
A nanny is typically a woman over the age of 18 and can hail from your geographic area or abroad. A nanny can be full-time or part-time and live-in or live-out of your home. She is legally allowed to work a maximum of 55 hours a week and her typical duties may include:
- Looking after your children during the day
- Preparing your children's meals
- Getting your children off to school
- Transporting your children from school to activities
- Some light housework relating to the children
Professional nannies are usually CPR certified and keep up-to-date with the latest child rearing philosophies, often carrying on with their education while in your employ.
Choosing the right nanny for your family is the first and most important step to take. It is highly recommended that you work through a government regulated agency. Additionally, the International Nanny Association (INA) strongly recommends that parents:
- Use reputable nanny referral agencies to screen potential nanny candidates
- Check the nanny's references personally and thoroughly
- Make sure that background checks are completed
- Hold a minimum of two personal interviews and a working interview with the nanny before employing her
- Draft a detailed work agreement to be signed by the employer (family) and the nanny
Once you hire a nanny, INA recommends that you spend time getting to know her, drop in unannounced occasionally during working hours, hold regularly scheduled meetings, treat the nanny with the deserved respect, encourage her to share her observations and opinions, encouraging open communication.