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Tips for Hiring an In-Home Childcare Provider

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Rebecca Kammerer from Parents "R" Talking and lists her tips for finding a great in-home childcare provider.

In-home childcare can take on many names, e.g., au pair, nanny, babysitter, mother's helper. Parents can find in-home childcare through placement agencies or by performing their own search and interview process. When a potential candidate is ready for the next stepnanny with young boy reading a books, a telephone screening is recommended as well as personal background checks.

In this Internet age, an online search can be used to find any information on the prospective employee. After the initial screen, you'll want to schedule an initial interview. This first interview is an opportunity for both of you to become acquainted and ensure your attitudes toward child rearing are aligned. The children should not be around for this initial interview, so you may get to know each other without distractions.

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Rebecca Kammerer, a wife, mom, parenting coach and writer, provides witty, engaging, parent-to-parent advice.
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Richard Kammerer, is a husband and dad, with a career focus in technology/financial markets, and keen interests in parenting and early childhood development.

Together Rebecca & Richard offer parenting workshops that cover both parents' perspectives through their company Parents"R" Talking. They keep parents talking about the important,challenging and, often times, whimsical aspects of enlightened parenting.
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