Take into consideration what qualifications you would like to see in the person you will be interviewing for a nanny position. Since this person will undoubtedly be spending a great deal of time working in your home and taking care of your children, there are certain qualities you should be on the lookout for. The most important is how she gets along with kids: is she able to develop a good rapport, communicate easily, and treat them with care and compassion? Does she really love taking care of children, and not mind in the least that most of her time will be spent in their company? These questions, and many more should be given top priority when you meet any potential employee.
You also need a nanny who is clear on the disciplinary measures you expect, or allow while she is in your home. Does she believe in punishment, and if so, how would she follow through on this? Do you agree with her methods, or do you think someone else might be a better candidate? Remember, these are your children you are discussing, and you want the best for them, regardless of how long it takes to find a nanny. You need to know whether or not she has had any prior experience dealing with children, and more importantly, children who are the age of yours. Does she have any idea of what kind of activities will be involved for kids in different age groups, and is this something she can keep up with?
You will have certain guidelines that you would like her to follow in terms of parenting. It is important that she respect the boundaries you have set and not take it upon herself to make changes, no matter how minor they may be. You are the parent, and as such, she should respect and follow your requirements to the letter. Any areas where a problem may occur should be brought to your attention so that you can deal with it in your own way. It is not in her place to change the way things are done, and issues that crop up should be discussed with you right away. She may also be able to offer suggestions and advice to you that will help make things run more smoothly. Be willing to listen to each other as a form of mutual respect.
You will want to know how she is going to plan each day, and hopefully she can give you a detailed account of what she has in mind. Of course, some things may happen to change those plans because nothing is ever really ever ‘written in stone, ’ but consistency is key. Things like naptime, meal time, activity and play time should be performed on a regular schedule if at all possible. When it comes to getting the meals for the kids, will she feed them food that is good for them and regulate the between-meal-snacks as you would like, or is she more apt to let them eat whatever they want, whenever they feel like it? This is when an older, more might be more appropriate than someone quite younger and more lax.
In addition to her childcare duties, would she be willing and able to take care of some additional jobs you might require? Does she have any objection to doing a little light housekeeping and other things around your home? Perhaps you might like her to take care of the laundry for you, do a little vacuuming, or run a few errands occasionally. Many nannies incorporate these tasks into their daily routine and have no problem adding this to their time spent on the job. It would be worth it to you to pay a little extra money for this, instead of having to hire another employee for the sole purpose of cleaning your house. Talk it over with her during the interview.
The final, and most important item should be a background check. Services are available to do this for you for a fee-all potential employees should be subject to thorough screenings, right from references, to driving records, to sexual offender and criminal history. Be safe, and never disregard this essential matter.