Tips for Choosing a Good Nanny

by Kate Bayless

Finding the right nanny for your family can be a long and complicated process. Learn how to navigate your search.

(Image Source: the right nanny for your family isn’t always easy or quick. “We advise giving yourself plenty of time to find the right person,” says Katie Vaughan, owner of Westside Nannies in Beverly Hills, California. “For new parents, we recommend starting the search process four to six weeks before you need a nanny so you have adequate time to find decent candidates, do background checks, and contact references.” Ready to begin looking? Here are five easy steps to help you find a great nanny.

Write a Solid Job Description

Before you hop on a nanny search engine or start calling fellow parents for recommendations, think about what your family needs. Mary Poppins may exist only in the movies, but it’s still important to list any important traits you definitely want your nanny to have. Vaughan suggests writing out a job description that includes the days and times you need, the expected responsibilities of the position, and the ideal qualifications or characteristics you’d want the nanny to have. Love to have a nanny who’s bilingual? Looking for a nanny who is competent in the kitchen? “A complete job description will serve as your guide throughout your search and will help keep you on track,” Vaughan says.

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