Parents at all stages hire nannies to help their families manage work-life balance. Parents of infants and toddlers may prefer having an in-home nanny to sending their kids to daycare. Parents of school-age children may like to have a nanny home when the kids are home from school or during the day when they are attending school remotely. Yet, many parents struggle to figure out how to hire a nanny that will give their children and family everything they need.
In addition to providing daytime childcare, nannies can help fill in the gaps in the evenings, on weekends, and even during family vacations. Newborn care specialists offer support during the night, allowing moms and dads to get some much-needed sleep.
No matter your reason for hiring a nanny, we know this is an important step for your family. Choosing the right person to care for your child is a big deal!
We’re here to help you find the perfect nanny for your family. @Ease Family Solutions takes the stress off families by vetting childcare professionals for you. Tell us what you are looking for, and we’ll do the rest!
Here are some things to think about before you hire a nanny. Keep in mind that we are here to help throughout the process of finding, hiring, and working with a nanny. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have additional questions.
1. Determine what you need from a nanny
Write down what you expect from a nanny during an ordinary week. Do you only need someone to help with childcare before and after school, or will your nanny need to be available full-time? Are you looking for someone who will travel with your family on vacation? What do weekends look like in your ideal scenario?
Also, consider whether you need a nanny or a private educator. Today, many parents are working from home while their children attend school online. These families may benefit more from hiring an in-home educator who can supplement their children’s instructional time rather than a nanny. Families with multiple children at various development stages may find that hiring different types of childcare providers could be the best solution to ensure that each child is given the attention they need.
2. Consider whether your family has additional needs
Does your family need someone who will devote all of their time to being a nanny, or would you prefer to hire someone who can also help your family in other ways? In many cases, families need someone who can support them as a nanny part-time as well as a cook, housekeeper, or family assistant.
@Ease Family Solutions offers several dual roles, including nanny/housekeeper, nanny/cook, and nanny/family assistant. Our hybrid providers help busy families stay connected and organized.
3. Start your search
Starting your search can be the most challenging part of the nanny hiring process. Where do you begin? If you know others who are happy with their nanny, you could start by asking them how they found a nanny. You could make things even easier by working with a staffing solutions company, like @Ease Family Solutions.
We already have a list of qualified, vetted providers who are ready to start working for your family! We do the work of running background checks, following up with references, and interviewing candidates to ensure they meet our high standards.
4. Ask interview questions
We work hard to match families with the perfect candidate the first time. However, you are in full control over who you choose to hire as your nanny. Treat the interview similar to how you would treat any business interview. Ask questions that will help you get to know the candidate so you can determine if they will be a good fit for your family.
Some families like to have nanny candidates meet their children during the interview to see how they interact. Others prefer to keep the interview strictly between the parents. Follow your personal preferences. With @Ease, you can get a one-time replacement at no additional cost if the first nanny you hire turns out to not be the best fit.
5. Think long-term
When hiring a nanny, it is crucial to think about both your current and future needs. Your nanny will become an important figure in your child’s life as well as a trusted part of your family. Think about hiring someone who will be there to support your family for years to come.
Be prepared to offer your nanny the same respect and consideration as you expect from them. Having a mutually trusting and supportive relationship with your nanny will help everyone feel at ease for the duration of your working relationship.
We know that hiring a nanny is not something you do every day. Fortunately for you, we are experts at matching childcare providers with families!
Let us help you find the right nanny for your family. Visit our website to learn more about all of our in-home provider options. When you are ready to hire a nanny, simply fill out an application to get started.