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The most epic nanny guide ever! In this blog we go over where to start, where to find one, defining your non-negotiables, questions to ask on an interview and other things to consider when choosing a nanny!

Nanny search checklist

  • Figure out your budget
  • Decide what works in your budget or for your schedule – nanny, daycare, etc
  • Define your non-negotiables
  • Post a job/ask a friend/join social media groups
  • Find suitable candidates and set up phone interviews
  • Check references
  • Interview ones you are serious about in person
  • Obtain background check
  • Make an offer and mutually sign a contract with agreed upon responsibilities, salary, benefits, etc.

Where to search for a nanny

  • Local Facebook mom groups
  • Word of mouth through friends
  • Local nanny placement agencies
  • Au Pair in America
  • Places of worship (churches, temples, mosques, etc.)

Examples of non-negotiables

Like any relationship, pick the top things that are most important to you and that you absolutely require in the person you hire.

  • Non smoker
  • Vaccination status – TDAP, flu, Covid
  • Years of experience
  • Similiar parenting philosphy and discipline methods
  • Ability to drive and clean dirving ercord
  • Okay with pets if you have them
  • Flexible schedule
  • No phone use and/or screens when with child
  • CPR/First Aid Certified
  • Similar religous and/or ethical values
  • Follow safety – sleep and car seats, etc.
  • Physically able to keep up with child
  • Takes feedback well and implements changes
  • Clear communication style
  • Good hygiene
  • Reliability – showing up on time and not frequently calling out
  • Understands child development and knows how to engage with child
  • Follows schedule
  • Warm personality
  • Okay with cameras in the house
  • Communicates throughout the day with parent/before leaving home
  • Solid references
  • Takes initiative
  • Covid precautions similar to employer
  • Will help with other household tasks besides childcare

Questions to ask on an interview

  • Why did you get involved in childcare work?
  • What do you love most about being a nanny? What do you love least?
  • Why do you want this job in particular?
  • Why did you leave your last job?
  • What is most important for you in a position?
  • What is your past experiences? Ages of children? Length of employment?
  • Tell me how you have handled a difficult experience with a child you were nannying?
  • Have you ever had to handle an emergency situation with a child? How did you react?
  • What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
  • Tell me what household chores you are not comfortable doing?
  • Do you smoke?
  • Do you have your own car?
  • Would you have a problem if I ran a background check?
  • Are you CPR/first aid certified?
  • How do you envision filling the day with my child?
  • Are you comfortable preparing baby food/formula/warming breastmilk?
  • What do you know about safe sleep for infants?
  • Can you take care of children with (insert child’s medical condition)?
  • Are you comfortable administering meds with our approval?
  • Are you okay working a potential holiday?
  • How do you feel about working weekends?
  • What about a flexible work schedule?
  • Would you be able to travel with us if needed?
  • How do you feel about pets?
  • No cell phones with child, but are you okay touching base with me throughout the day?
  • Are you okay with cameras in the home?
  • Do you have any questions about the job description and our needs?
  • If we hire you, when can you start?

We have had two nannies for Ryaan. It is a special relationship and one that I think is very important as they become a part of your family. Happy searching to find the right fit for your family!

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Dr. Mona Admin

Hi there!

I’m a Board Certified Pediatrician, IBCLC, and a mom of two.

I know the ups and downs of becoming a mom and raising kids.

I help moms ditch the worry and second-guessing so you can find more joy in motherhood.


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