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5 Tips to Hire the Right Nanny for Your Family

5 Tips to Hire the Right Nanny for Your Family

Make sure to consider these five things before you hire a nanny.


A nanny is an invaluable resource as a specialist who loves and cares for your kids in your absence, so how can you ensure you hire the right nanny for your family? Do you need someone who helps with housework, or maybe you want a nanny who can help with developmental needs (homework, potty training, etc.). For many families, their nanny is more than just someone who works for them; their nannies become part of the family. Here are five important things you must know before you start the hiring process.
   

Assess your needs.

A nanny’s primary role is to oversee the well-being of your child while you are away, but before you start looking for a nanny, consider what your exact needs are. Will your nanny’s responsibilities be general (meal prep, cleaning, changing diapers, taking the kids to activities), or will he specialize in specific social or intellectual development (helping with toilet training, language development, or homework) in addition to regular duties? Be sure you are clear about what your must-haves are vs. your nice-to-haves.
  

Determine a salary.

Closely examine your budget and what you can afford when it comes to wages, as well as the employment taxes and possible worker’s compensation you need to pay. You may want to consider a part-time or nanny-share arrangement.
  



Know where to look.

You can choose to find a nanny on your own by using an online resource such as mommybites.com or reading ads online, or you can work with an agency that is experienced in matching families with screened nannies. Whichever way you go, be sure to interview the candidates, so you can get a feel for their personality.
   

Choose a living arrangement.

Your nanny can either live in your home with you or she can live off-site. Before you decide which arrangement is right for your family, weigh the pros and cons of each.
   

Know your employer responsibilities.

Hiring a nanny is equal to hiring a household employee, which means you will become an employer. Understand what your responsibilities are as an employer, including how to address wages, taxes, and human resources laws. A work agreement that clearly outlines everything related to the job will help you and your nanny avoid confusion later down the road.

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