Hiring a Nanny or Babysitter Safely Online

Hiring a Nanny or Babysitter Safely Online

Hiring a nanny online is easy if you know what to look for and where to go to find someone who is reliable. Make sure the site you are using for research is well-established before you go down this particular path to hiring. NannyLane.com is a superior site that not only allows one to search for nannies but provides a tremendous amount of information on issues such as duties, how to screen nannies and other important details that are needed to have a thorough knowledge of the hiring process.

There are several advantages to hiring a nanny online. One is that you can do a good deal of research before you even contact anyone to interview. For example, NannyLane.com has a free search feature that will give you an immediate idea of the number of nannies living in your area. It will also tell you quite a bit about them at no cost. Information such as the amount of experience the nannies have, their preferred salary, start date, and availability are all right there for you to consider. This will set you a step ahead when it comes to screening potential applicants for the position as you can begin narrowing the field right away.

Before contacting a potential candidate, make a list of required traits that you would like to have in a nanny. Ask yourself questions such as how many hours you want her to work, what duties you would like her to have and whether you are looking for a live-in or live-out caregiver. Coming up with this type of information is easier when you browse NannyLane.com. The site can give you some ideas on what questions to ask, as well as what to consider in terms of possible duties and responsibilities. You will also want to take the time to think about your budget range and how that fits into the overall picture.

Once you have an idea of the basic questions you would like to ask and have an estimated pay rate, think about some deeper issues as well. Besides the practical aspects of hiring a nanny, there are other things to consider. You may want to ask the nanny what they would do in certain types of situations to help evaluate their ability to think on their feet in an emergency.

If skills such as having a CPR certification or child care-related coursework are important to you, make a note of it so you will remember to ask about the candidate's certifications and schooling. While not every nanny will have this type of background, many of them do have some specialized training. You might also want to inquire as to the nanny's childcare philosophy, to make sure that it is in line with your own. These important details are all a part of screening anyone who is going to take care of your child.

When you have some candidates to check and a list of questions and ideas you would like to discuss, it is time to begin contacting potential nannies. NannyLane.com makes this a simple process, as once you are registered, you then have immediate access to a list of nannies that are looking for employment. You can then search for nannies by various characteristics, such as live-in or live-out, full- or part-time and their smoking status. This will return a list of candidates that you can begin with, and you can narrow down the field from there.

This site also allows you to save your favorite choices so that you can search again at your convenience through its "top picks" system. This makes things much easier than if you had to keep track of the nannies on paper. If you choose, you can also post a family profile on the site as well. This way potential candidates can also contact you if they think the pairing might be a match. There is also a "nanny match" feature which will keep you up to date on any new nannies that register and meet your criteria.

Reference checks and background checks are an important part of the screening process for any nanny, as are driving record checks if they will be using a vehicle. This can be very time-consuming and labor-intensive. You may want to utilize an online investigation service to make sure that the applicant is screened to your satisfaction.

Although contracts are not necessarily part of every nanny arrangement, it can be very helpful to have a record of the agreement between the two parties. That way if any difficulties arise there is something to refer to. Contracts can be a bit difficult to navigate, but setting the stage for the relationship between you and your nanny is an important thing to take care of so that everyone is clear on what is expected. Registered users of NannyLane.com have access to a contract that they can use to help firm up the agreement between the nanny and the parents once all of the details have been discussed and agreed upon.

Searching online for a nanny does not have to be an overwhelming affair. NannyLane.com makes finding the perfect person for your household a simple task. If you need more information on hiring a nanny or are wondering about the details involved in securing one for your children, the online search can bring all that you need to your computer so that you can search in comfort and get all the information that you need to make a wise selection.


How to hire a nanny for your baby


From Pregnancy & Baby on SheKnows.com

Contrary to what some people think -- and what may have once been true -- a nanny is not just for rich families. In fact, having a nanny, either live-in or live out, is becoming a more popular form of childcare. Whether you are a two income family with involved careers or a busy at-home mom with too much to accomplish and not enough time, a nanny may be the answer to your childcare dilemma.

Tiffani Goings, a Phoenix-based professional nanny, loves her job. Before becoming a full-time nanny four years ago, she babysat for over seven years. The families she works with can attest to her commitment and passion for children. She states that the great majority of her families are average, everyday people who want quality care for their children. And while Goings says that you can't get to know someone completely until you work with them, it is important to carefully approach the hiring process.


4 Questions to ask yourself when hiring a nanny


You know that you want a nanny, but how AND WHERE do you begin? Candi Wingate, former President of Nannies4hire.com and a mom of two young boys, offers guidance on how to approach the hiring process.

Follow her step-by-step suggestions and you'll be ready to find the perfect match for your family.

1 - Don't rush!

Do not wait until the last minute to begin your search. Allow yourself enough time to seek candidates, interview, and make a decision.

2 - Live-in or live-out?

Decide what type of arrangement will work best for your family. If you decide on a live-in nanny, you will provide her with a private room, and a private or shared bathroom, and board.

3 - How much help do you need?

Review your needs and determine what type of help you want -- full time, part time, summer help, etc. You should know exactly what you require so that you can find a nanny who is looking for the type of position you will offer.

4 - Additional responsibilities?

Nannies are often responsible for more than simply supervising your children. Do you want your nanny to have other responsibilities? In addition to general child care, your nanny may perform light housekeeping, grocery shopping, meal preparation, running errands, carpooling and laundry -- basically anything pertaining to your children. You may also discuss other arrangements with your nanny, depending on your needs.

Once you have thought through your family's requirements and concluded what type of situation will work for you, it's time to begin your search.


Where to Look


There are several places to find potential candidates -- matching services such as NannyLane.com, a nanny placement service, word of mouth or even Craig's List. Ask your friends if they have any recommendations and help spread the word you are looking through your facebook page or twitter account. Research your options and find one that you both feel comfortable with and that fits your budget. You can spend as little as no money by using a free site and as much as several thousand dollars by using a placement agency, with several options in between.


Interviewing and choosing


Once you have potential candidates that you would like to learn more about, Wingate has several suggestions. Begin with a phone interview. If you feel like you might be compatible and want to learn more, arrange an in-person meeting. Wingate suggests that for the first meeting, you agree upon a place other than your homes, such as a coffee shop or bakery. If that goes well, you can then bring the nanny to your home for an additional interview and to meet your children. During your interviews, there are several pieces of information you will want to know, such as the nanny's past experience, her philosophies on discipline and authority, whether she has any "extras" such as CPR and first aid certification, and her schedule.

As a nanny, Tiffani Goings suggests you ask your candidate whether she plans to have children one day. While it does not necessarily hold true in all cases, Goings believes that most nannies that plan to have children nanny because they truly love what they do. Again, although there are certainly exceptions, she believes that most nannies should have a passion for children such that they want them one day as well.

Goings also suggests asking the nanny some questions that are a little more personal than your average interview questions -- nothing illegal or too personal -- but more conversational than questions you might ask if you were hiring for an office job, for example. While Goings wouldn't divulge her entire life in an interview, she expects that families want to get to know her on a more individual level. She realizes that should she receive a job offer, the family hiring her will trust her with the most important things in their world - their children. Additionally, she will become an important part of their daily lives.

Wingate stresses the importance of doing your homework before hiring a nanny. Many nanny matching services offer background checks on all of the nannies. Should you find a nanny that does not already have a background check, run one. You may want to obtain DMV reports if your nanny will drive your children. Wingate also emphasizes the need to check references. She suggests that you when you ask your potential nanny for her references, be sure to insist on landline contact numbers, not cell phone numbers because the latter is easier to track.


Negotiating the details


You've interviewed all of your candidates, reviewed their backgrounds, and you finally feel like you've found the right nanny for your family. When you initially offer her the job -- and after she accepts it -- it is time to work out the specifics such as salary, hours, duties, benefits such as vacation time and health insurance, sick days, and anything else you agree upon as part of your new relationship.


Put it in writing


Finally, Wingate suggests putting your agreement in writing in the form of a contract. Specifically, spell out the terms you agreed to so that there is no misunderstanding down the road. Hiring a nanny shouldn't be stressful or overwhelming. Give yourself ample time, take Wingate's suggestions to heart, and you'll be on your way!

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