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Tips for Hiring a New Nanny

HAPPIFAMLI

Tips for Hiring a New Nanny

HappiFamli, Senior Nanny Investigator 

November 4, 2019

Today, parents are struggling to balance their careers while making sure that their children are safe, happy, and being well taken care of. Finding a nanny may be the right choice for your family, but it can be overwhelming to find someone that will fit your family’s specific needs. It’s important to remember that this person will not only become a part of your family’s life, but your family will become a part of theirs. HappiFamli has excellent tips and knowledgeable advice to help the nanny hiring process to go smoothly and to help you find an ideal match. Here is some helpful information from HappiFamli’s “Nanny Know How” ebook.

Before the Interview:

  • Prepare a general list of questions you want to ask each nanny
  • Review the nanny’s application and references well and create a list of questions based off this information
  • Print a copy of the job description you posted 

During the Interview:

  • Know the nanny may be nervous.  Help put them at ease.  
  • Have a general outline of what you want to get from the interview

○ Introductions & tour of your home if you would like
○ Describe the job, your family and your children
○ Definitely go over any special situations (any health concerns/allergies, joint custody, relatives staying at house, parents working from home, etc.)
○ Discuss your general parenting style and family values (moral or religious beliefs, how you discipline, etc)
○ Describe how you see a typical day going and what your expectations of the nanny are

  • Have nanny give some information on themselves & ask your nanny-specific questions
  • Ask your general questions
  • Ask nanny if they have any questions
  • Thank the nanny for their time & let them know what your next steps will be – when can they expect to hear from you, are you still interviewing, will you be doing a trial day, etc.

Tips:

  • Be yourself!!!  This is the time to let the nanny know the real you so you can make sure it is a good fit.
  • Make sure you are listening as much, if not more than, you are talking.  You want to make sure you are getting a good sense of the nannies experience and personality to see if they will be a good fit. 

Sample Questions:

  • What made you choose working with children?
  • Tell me about a child care position that is similar to this one?
  • What type of a job are you looking for right now and what are your plans moving forward (1yr, 3yrs, 5yrs)?
  • What drew you to this specific position?
  • What types of things do you like doing with children my child(ren)s age?
  • How would you handle the situation if my child did ……… (give some examples of things your child might do)
  • What is the best part of working with children?
  • What is the thing you struggle with most in working with children and how do you address that?
  • What role do you see yourself playing in our family?
  • How do you like to communicate with a family?
  • Tell me about a time when you had an issue in a childcare position and how you handled it.
  • What questions do you have about this position or our family?

If you would like to learn more about how to hire a nanny, please see our e-guide at: bit.ly/HappiNanny 

It has additional information including:

Topics Included:

  • Outlining The Types Of In-Home Caregivers
  • Is Hiring A Nanny Right For Your Family?
  • All About Nanny Share
  • Timeline For Nanny
  • A Sample Nanny Job Posting
  • How To Interview Your Nanny
  • Questions For Your Nanny Candidates
  • Questions To Ask Your Nanny’s References
  • Nanny Taxes 
  • Nanny Contract
  • Nanny Training Guide
  • Easing Separation Anxiety
  • Ongoing Nanny Communication
  • Performance Review Template

Helpful Interactive Forms:

  • Medical Consent Form
  • Nanny Emergency Contacts
  • Nanny Daily Log

Nanny vs Day Care

HAPPIYOUNGSTR

Nanny vs Day Care

Rebecca Cole, Cofounder, Mom

August 21, 2018

In my business I get asked all the time my thoughts on a nanny vs child care centers.  My answer is that there is no right answer.  Every family I work with is different and each has very specific needs and wants.  Here are some things to help you understand what might be best for your family.

In my business I get asked all the time my thoughts on a nanny vs child care centers.  My answer is that there is no right answer.  Every family I work with is different and each has very specific needs and wants.  Here are some things to help you understand what might be best for your family.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • What is your ideal child care group like?
  • What do you most value?
  • What are your biggest concerns or fears?
  • What will our schedules really look like?
  • What is our budget for child care costs?

Child Care Centers:

      PROS:

  • Typically open 10-12 hours/day, five days/wk
  • Provides year-round care
  • Regulated by state and have state inspections at least once per year
  • Multiple caregivers make arrangement more dependable
  • Many times have more space, equipment, and toys
  • More formal, organized activities
  • Structured environment

     CONS:

  • Not as much individual attention
  • Higher turn-over rate for caregivers
  • Higher caregiver to child ratio than other forms of care – Texas requires a staff to infant ration of 2:10 maximum.  Most child experts recommend looking for centers that provide ratios of 1:4 or 1:3.

     TIMING:

  • Waiting lists for infants can be over 1 year long, so ideally you would be researching and visiting child care centers as early as possible, even towards the end of your 1st trimester.  Preschools can also have extremely long wait lists, so start your searches early.

     COST:

  • For Travis County, the average cost of infant care at a child care center was $814/month, with top centers in the $1200-$1600/month range.  This is as much as UT tuition!!!

Nannies:   

     PROS:

  • Care in your own home
  • More control over routine, activities and kind of care child receives
  • Very individualized attention
  • May provide more flexibility.  Easier to find care for evenings & weekends than other options

     CONS:

  • Can be most expensive option (typically $15-$20/hr)
  • Texas does not regulate or license nannies.  You (or an agency) have to do all of the screening.
  • Will need back-up child care plan for caregiver vacation or sick days

     TIMING:

  • Start looking for a nanny 6-8 weeks before you need them to start in your home.  This will give you time to screen applicants, call references, do in-person interviews, trial days and background checks.

 COST:

  • Nannies in Austin typically charge $15-$20/hr.  For a 40hr work week, that is $2400–$3200/month.
  • Nanny taxes are also required to be paid to the IRS, and families are responsible for employer taxes.  Nannies are considered household employees NOT individual contractors.

I hope this helps!  If you need more personalized service, HappiYoungstr does offer one-on-one child care consultations to help families navigate the confusing world of child care and determine what solution is best for them.  See more at http://happiyoungstr.com/for-parents.asp