3 Important Reminders Before You Hire a Nanny

Hiring a nanny may not be as complicated as hiring someone to take care of your taxes, but it still requires a thorough process. You will still need to make sure that the person you are hiring is someone you can trust — more so because they will be taking care of someone precious to you.

Before you get smitten over that applicant who seems to have their credentials in order, double check the following:

Police Records

They may have a dazzling smile, but Fast Police Checks noted that you still need to check their criminal record to know a little something about their past. Even some of the world’s worst offenders may look like professionals, so don’t decide based on looks and charm. A written record of their criminal history is a better indicator of how trustworthy they are; if they have no record, that’s even better.

Employment History

You want someone with experience and who have fulfilled their obligations successfully with their past employers without any problems. If you’re hiring a nanny from an agency, there’s a better chance of getting someone who has a good record, because an agency weeds out delinquents so as not to tarnish their own name. If you’re hiring an independent contractor, however, you will need proof of their track record and the contact details of their previous employer. You may also need their salary history.

Presence of Mind

They may have a spotless record, but what if your children are not comfortable around them? What if they are not a good fit for your household? You can invite them over for an interview and observe how they carry themselves around your children. Their presence of mind will tell you enough about how they will act around the household.

You can never be too careful when it comes to your family’s safety. When hiring any form of help, be vigilant and look for all the important details.