How to Hire a Baby Nanny
Tips from Jo Frost, the Supernanny
Nanny Interview Questions
Frost says you will be able to judge the nanny’s trustworthiness and ability to do the job from references. What you’re aiming for in the interview is a feeling for the kind of person she is, and there is no question too small or silly. For example:
- Does she have outside hobbies?
- Does she like music or cooking?
- Does she have first aid certification?
- How does she feel about your feeding plans?
- Will she work within your schedule?
- What’s her childcare philosophy?
In other words, you want an idea of the kind of interaction and enrichment this person will bring to your child’s life.
Just as important as the prospective nanny’s personality and how well you relate to her is her past experience and references. She should have a professional resume to give you as well as both professional and personal references, including phone numbers you can call to speak with the references. Ask about their experience with her, her character, and reasons for leaving her previous job(s).
If the nanny interview goes well and the references check out, your partner may want to have the nanny come back for a second interview if he or she was not there for the first one. Do plan to leave the door open for that possibility. Also, at some point during the interview process you’re going to want to observe your child with the nanny and see how they relate and how she deals with your child.
“It’s very helpful if you can hand over your baby to the potential nanny and see how she connects,” says Frost. “Maybe have the nanny come in for a couple of hours to see that interaction in a more controlled and relaxed circumstance.”
Frost recommends interviewing at least three to four nannies before making a final decision. She also suggests supporting professional nanny agencies if there is one in your area.
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