7 tips for hiring a nanny…

Extracted from – http://articles.familylobby.com/134-seven-tips-for-hiring-a-nanny.htm

It is not unusual for a family with two breadwinners to consider hiring a nanny. You don’t have to be a millionaire to be able to afford one either. The amount of work that your nanny does as well as whether she lives at your home will determine the salary that she is paid. If you are new to this territory, here are seven tips to get your from thinking about a nanny to actually employing one in your home.

1) Determine what you can afford. Call local nanny agencies or talk with neighbors that already employ them to find out what the going salary rate is. Remember that you will have to include paying health insurance and taxes as well. The total cost should not exceed 35 percent of your pre-tax salary.

2) Determine what your family wants in a caregiver. Do you want someone full time or just during the hours you are at work? Should the person be a non-smoker and a licensed driver? These are basic needs that should be addressed when you start looking for a nanny.

3) Start looking for candidates. If you are unsure about how to hire a nanny consider hiring one from an agency. A good bet is to find an agency that is affiliated with the International Nanny Association. Be prepared to pay an application fee as well as a placement fee (usually ten percent of the nanny’s salary).

4) Interview the prospective candidates. This may be the most daunting of all of the tasks. You can conduct the first interview by phone. Be sure to ask the most important question of all to avoid problems later, which is, “are you legally permitted to work in the U.S.?” On the second interview invite the candidate to your home and see how they interact with your children. You may even consider paying the nanny to work with you for a week to see how well everyone gets along before hiring them on permanently.

5) Check references completely. The person you are hiring is going to be alone with your child and will be responsible for their welfare. You don’t want just anyone taking care of your most precious possession! Call all references regardless of whether the agency has done so. Speak to the candidate’s last two employers. If you can’t reach anyone or if the references don’t want to talk, it may be a sign that her past employers weren’t too happy with her work.

6) Draw up a work agreement and figure out the payroll. Agencies often prepare the agreement whereas you may need to handle the payroll yourself. Either hire a payroll agency or hire an accountant to do this for you.

7) Introduce your child to their new nanny. If you can take time off from work during the first week of the nanny’s employment it may aide the transition for your child. Check in with the nanny by phone to make sure everything is going smoothly. Give the nanny a journal to write down things that happen during the day. When you come home you can go over the journal with the nanny. Don’t forget to ask the nanny how her day went too; this can go a long way in making her feel like a valued and respected caregiver.

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