Whether you are trying to find a nanny or a nanny trying to find a nanny job, you probably already know that both can be a daunting task. Families trying to hire a nanny are having a difficult time finding and vetting good nanny candidates while really great nannies are struggling through online nanny classifieds trying to find good families in the midst of sometimes not-so-great job listings. It’s a real struggle and here at NannyJob.org we know that very well. We are working to help make the process a lot easier, smoother, and quicker for families and nannies.
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100 Nanny Job Tips for Nannies and Families
Work schedules, volunteer gigs and social commitments make it impossible to spend every moment with your children. When you can’t be with your little ones, make sure a trained and loving caregiver is there to give them the attention they deserve. A good nanny understands how special your kids are and will make sure that they are fed, bathed and cared for properly. Finding a high-quality nanny isn’t always easy, so make sure you communicate what you want in your nanny job description and thoroughly interview all potential nannies.
10 Reasons to Think About What You Want From a Nanny
What Are You Looking for and Why? You can’t get what you want unless you know what you want. Spend a few days thinking about what you want and need from a nanny prior to posting an ad to prevent some of the potential issues below.
Writing a nanny job description and meeting with potential nannies takes time, and you are probably already fairly busy. Know what you want before you begin the application process.
Blindly hiring a nanny who seems like she might be a good fit can cost you money as well as time. If she quits or you terminate her nanny agreement, you have to begin the entire hiring process again.
Your kids don’t always share your thoughts and opinions. They might become attached to their new nanny and feel upset after you let her go. Know what you want in advance to avoid a revolving door of caregivers.
- A HIGH TURNOVER RATE
Termination isn’t the only reason nannies leave a job. It creates a stressful work environment if you don’t know what you expect from a nanny. Nannies might quit quickly if they are not sure how to meet your needs.
- AWKWARD ENCOUNTERS
Many nannies stick with one city or county when it comes to finding work. If you hire the wrong nanny and end up firing her, that doesn’t mean you will never see her again. Expect to run into her at parks, play dates and birthday parties.
Nannies talk, and a terminated nanny might share her experience with all of the other local nannies. Be prepared for this if you relieve your nanny of her duties after a short period of time.
- EXTRA WORK AT TAX TIME
A household with a high nanny turnover rate won’t have fun at tax time. If you claim your nannies as household employees, you will have to provide information about all of their wages on your federal return.
A failure to recognize what you want before you begin the hiring process can result in frequent misunderstandings. Keep things simple by making sure everybody is on the same page.
- HURT FEELINGS
A nanny who isn’t quite what you wanted isn’t necessarily a bad nanny. She just isn’t the right nanny for you and your family. Be clear about what you need to avoid hurt feelings.
- YOUR KIDS
Any nanny you hire directly affects your children. Make sure they are affected in a positive manner.
10 Tips for Creating a Good Job Description for Your Nanny Job
Don’t neglect your job description. A good job description lets potential nannies know exactly what type of childcare worker you are seeking as well as what you have to offer.
- BE SPECIFIC ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT FROM A NANNY
Vague job descriptions typically result in vague responses from applicants lacking the qualifications you desire. You might get lucky and find an excellent nanny, but the odds aren’t in your favor.
- MENTION YOUR SALARY RANGE
Some nannies will swear that they love working with kids enough to do it for free. That might be true for a few childcare providers, but most of them need the money. Be clear about how much you will pay and when payment will be issued.
- INCLUDE SCHEDULING INFORMATION
Is your nanny job flexible, or does the nanny need to commit to a set schedule? Will she be expected to work nights, weekends and holidays? It is important to include all of this information in your ad.
- EXPLAIN THE JOB DUTIES REQUIRED
Explain exactly what you need in your job description. Don’t leave things open for interpretation.
- SET RULES IN ADVANCE
Be clear about rules in your job description. State whether the nanny is allowed to smoke or drink. Mention if a curfew will be enforced.
- BE REASONABLE
Don’t demand perfection; no childcare worker is perfect. Also worth noting: Make sure your salary reflects your expectations. Pay your nanny what she deserves.
- DISCUSS LIVING ARRANGEMENTS
Will your nanny live with you and the kids or at her own home? Include this in your job description.
- TALK ABOUT BENEFITS
Many families offer their nannies medical and dental benefits. Paid vacations or days off are also popular options.
- DON’T FORGET YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION
A nanny can’t apply for your job if she doesn’t have your phone number or email address.
- ASK SOMEBODY TO PROOFREAD YOUR JOB DESCRIPTION
Have a second set of eyes look over your job description. This will help catch any errors.
10 Lessons on How to Create a Great Nanny Wanted Ad
Your ad is the first impression a nanny will have of you and your family. Make it a good one.
- INCLUDE A CATCHY TITLE
The title is arguably the most important part of your nanny ad. Most nannies will ignore your ad if your title is dull, vague or filled with typos.
- BE PROFESSIONAL YET FRIENDLY
Nobody wants to work for a rude man or woman. Make it your goal to sound professional yet approachable in your nanny ad.
- USE SUBHEADS FOR EASY READING
Paragraphs, bullets and subheads are your best friends when it comes to a nanny ad. Your ad should not be one giant paragraph or run-on sentence.
- INCLUDE PHOTOS OF YOUR FAMILY
Nannies like to know who they will be working for before they schedule an interview. Photos also help reassure potential nannies that you are not some random internet creep who preys on women.
- MENTION SPECIAL NEEDS OR MEDICAL CONDITIONS
Some nannies are trained to work with disabled children and kids with certain medical conditions. Others might lack the skills needed.
- BE POSITIVE
Now is not the time to complain about former nannies. Avoid mentioning them in your ad if you can’t say anything nice.
- USE A BOLD FONT FOR KEY POINTS
Emphasize key points by using a bold font or highlighting the text.
- BE CLEAR AND CONCISE
A brief introduction is nice, but don’t spend too much time rambling about yourself and your family. Get to the point and let potential nannies know what skills and qualifications you have in mind.
- BUY A FEATURED AD
Pay a few extra bucks to put your ad at the top of the listings if you are using a service that offers featured ads. Nannies notice these ads first.
- DON’T FORGET YOUR MANNERS
Thank all of the candidates for taking the time to read your ad. This shows you are considerate.
10 Safety Concerns to Remember When Posting a Nanny Job
Exercise caution when posting a nanny job, especially if your ad will be visible to the general public.
- DO NOT POST YOUR ADDRESS ONLINE
Never post your address in a nanny job ad. It doesn’t matter if you are the employer or the nanny.
- DO NOT POST IDENTIFYING INFORMATION ABOUT YOURSELF
Leave out information about where you work, when you are home and what year you were born.
- DO NOT POST IDENTIFYING INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR KIDS
Many parents post identifying information about their children without realizing it. Do not mention where they go to school, awards they have won or clubs they have joined.
- MAKE SURE VALUABLES ARE HIDDEN
Don’t take photos next to your sports car. Remove expensive jewelry.
- NEVER GIVE OUT YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
Potential nannies might request to run a background check on you or your partner. Do not give out your social security number online.
- DO NOT POST YOUR HOME PHONE NUMBER
Posting your home phone number makes it easy for scam artists and criminals to find your address. Use a cell phone or email address.
- DO NOT POST YOUR WORK NUMBER
Again, use a cell number or email address. Do you really want potential nannies showing up unannounced at your place of employment?
- CHECK FOR VIRUSES
When a nanny responds to your ad, scan all documents and attachments for viruses before opening them.
- NEVER PAY A NANNY IN ADVANCE
There are a few current online scams where nannies ask employers to wire them money for a bus or plane ticket for the interview. Be very careful if a nanny requests funds in advance.
- CHOOSE A REPUTABLE WEBSITE
Use a website known for protecting the personal information of its users. Read privacy policies and verify the authenticity of security certificates.
10 Places You Can Safely Post Your Nanny Job
Make sure you post your nanny ad in a safe place. Always ask permission from an owner or manager before posting your job.
Stop by local colleges and look for job boards. You can also hand copies of your ad to a counselor and ask her to share them with appropriate applicants.
- ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
Many elementary school teachers nanny during the summer and holidays to earn extra money. Bring a stack of ads to local schools.
Start with your own church if you attend services regularly. The church secretary might be able to include it in your church’s newsletter or share it with potential nannies.
- YOUR JOB
Does your job have a bulletin board for ads and announcements? Post a nanny ad. Somebody might know or be a reputable childcare worker.
- NANNY WEBSITES
Nanny websites are some of the safest places to post nanny jobs. Many of them screen potential nannies before allowing them to view jobs.
- CHILDCARE WEBSITES
Childcare websites are another great option for nanny jobs.
- LOCAL NEWSPAPERS
Newspapers aren’t as popular as they once were, but some nannies still check them for job listings.
- ESTABLISHED JOB SITES
Posting a nanny ad on a large job site ensures that it will be seen by thousands of potential applicants. The only downfall is that it won’t be targeted to people specifically searching for childcare jobs.
Many libraries have a job board where you can put up nanny ads.
- PLACES YOUR KIDS FREQUENT
Talk to the owner of the ballet center, soccer league or pottery class your kids belong to. They might be able to help post your nanny ad.
10 Tips for Building Your List of Interview Questions
Make sure your interview questions are detailed and specific, especially if you only plan on interviewing each applicant once.
- ASK YOUR KIDS FOR HELP
They might have some great ideas when it comes to questions for potential nannies.
- DON’T DIG TOO DEEP
Don’t ask about your nanny’s third grade report card unless you really feel it will affect her ability to be a good nanny.
- BE DETAILED
Ask open-ended questions if you don’t mind getting vague responses. Otherwise, be detailed so that potential nannies understand exactly what you’re asking.
- BE SPECIFIC
Instead of asking why you should hire a particular nanny, ask her to explain her skills and qualifications in detail.
- WRITE THEM DOWN
Don’t assume you’ll remember your questions during the interview. It’s easy to get distracted and end up making small talk.
- TALK TO OTHER PARENTS
Find out what other parents ask potential nannies.
- COVER ALL BASES
Ask about recent employers, formal training and criminal background.
- START WITH SIMPLE QUESTIONS
Allow the nanny to begin the interview by telling you a bit about herself and her goals. This will help her warm up to you and make the rest of the interview less nerve-wracking.
- ASK ABOUT CERTIFICATIONS
A nanny can do an excellent job without any formal training, but it’s always nice to know if an applicant is certified in CPR or has attended a childcare program.
- ALLOW THE NANNY TO ASK QUESTIONS
Don’t forget to ask if the nanny has any questions. Her opinions matter too.
10 Reasons Every Candidate Should Complete a Nanny Application
Some parents skip nanny applications, but that isn’t always a wise decision.
An application keeps all of your nanny’s info in one convenient location.
- WRITTEN PROOF
An application provides the written information needed for a lawsuit if the need to file one should ever arise.
Nanny applications allow you to quickly and easily compare potential nannies.
- GET THE INFO YOU NEED
Nannies aren’t mind readers. A nanny might forget to include something you want to know on her resume or reference sheet.
- EMERGENCY CONTACTS
If an emergency occurs during the interview or after you hire a nanny, look for emergency contact info on your nanny’s job application.
- PROOF OF RESIDENCY
You need to know if your nanny is a citizen of your country. If she isn’t, additional paperwork might be required.
- PROOF OF AGE
Request a copy of your nanny’s photo identification card with the completed application. Some states have specific employment laws based on age. It is extremely important to follow them.
An application allows you to request written consent to perform a background check on a potential nanny.
- TAX INFO
Give your accountant a copy of the application to simplify preparation for state and federal taxes.
- READ IT DURING THE INTERVIEW
Keep a copy of the application for your nanny’s interview. This will help you think of any last minute questions or concerns.
10 Tips for Choosing the Right Nanny for Your Family
It takes time to find the right nanny. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t find her immediately.
- DON’T RUSH THE HIRING PROCESS
Interview each applicant thoroughly no matter how badly you need a nanny. You want to make sure you hire the best nanny for your family.
- LET HER MEET THE KIDS
After you and your partner interview potential nannies, briefly introduce them to your children. Watch how they interact with each other.
- BE FLEXIBLE
If you have an extensive list of requirements and find a nanny that meets almost all of them, consider giving her a chance.
- DON’T COMPROMISE YOUR VALUES
If your children have asthma and a nonsmoking nanny is important to you, don’t feel bad mentioning that smoking is not allowed. The same goes for religious preferences.
- TAKE NOTES DURING THE INTERVIEW
It’s easy to forget how each interview goes if you are interviewing several different nannies. Write what you like and dislike about each nanny during the interviewing process.
- ASK FOR REFERENCES
Most references are fairly honest about a former nanny’s skills and abilities. Call or email them and ask for feedback.
- CHECK SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES
Type a potential nanny’s email address into sites like Facebook and Twitter and see what comes up. Pictures of drugs or other inappropriate things are generally a sign that a nanny is not right for your family.
- DISCUSS WAGES AND SCHEDULING IMMEDIATELY
Salary and availability are two of the biggest issues that many nannies have with potential employers. Make sure you both agree on a set wage and the amount of scheduled hours before you make a hiring decision.
- TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS
If you have a weird feeling about a potential nanny, don’t hire her. Go with your gut.
- LOOK FOR A CONNECTION
Experience and strong references are great, but you also need a nanny you and your children click with.
10 Reasons to Execute a Nanny Employment Agreement
Written agreements are always a good idea when you are involved in a business relationship.
- JOB DUTIES
Nanny employment agreements prevent confusion about job duties and expectations.
Avoid confusion over payment schedules and holiday pay with a written nanny employment agreement.
- LEGAL ISSUES
A written agreement helps resolve legal disputes by clearly stating the guidelines and responsibilities of both parties.
A nanny employment agreement helps both parties feel more secure about their partnership.
- STATE WHETHER THE NANNY IS AN EMPLOYEE OR AN INDIVIDUAL CONTRACTOR
Most nannies are self-employed or individual contractors. This means you do not have to pay them unemployment if you terminate the employment agreement.
- INCLUDE OFFENSES THAT MAY RESULT IN TERMINATION
If you want the option to terminate the contract at any time, say so. If not, clearly define offenses that may result in termination.
- LENGTH OF EMPLOYMENT
Clearly define how long the nanny will be working for your family. Renew the contract on an annual basis.
- DEFINE LIVING ARRANGEMENTS
Include a section that states how long a nanny has to vacate the premises if she lives with your family and her contract ends.
- SET RULES FOR VISITORS
Can the nanny have her friends or boyfriend visit at the home? Are the kids allowed to have friends over while under the nanny’s care? State clear rules for all of these things.
- SPECIFY IF THE CONTRACT IS EXCLUSIVE
Some nannies work for multiple families at once. Include a section of the nanny employment agreement that explains whether this is okay.
10 Tips for Preparing for Your Nanny’s First Day on the Job
The first day is never easy. Help things run smoothly for your new nanny by following the tips below.
- CONFIRM THE SHIFT
Call and email the evening before your nanny’s first day to confirm the time she will be arriving. Make sure she knows what to bring and where to find your house.
- CREATE A DETAILED FORM
Pamela Talluto, a nanny from Missouri, recommends making a detailed form that includes information about naps, bathing habits, allergies and medications.
- MAKE A LIST
Your nanny probably already knows what you expect from her, but leave a list of duties just in case.
- ASK YOUR NANNY TO ARRIVE EARLY
Some children have separation anxiety. New nannies should arrive approximately half an hour before their first scheduled shift so kids have time to adjust to having a new caregiver.
- PROVIDE HEALTHY SNACKS
The first day can be hectic. Leave healthy snacks in the kitchen for your children and the new nanny to share.
- CALL TO CHECK IN
Call a few times during your nanny’s first day to see how things are going. If you have a hectic schedule and can’t call, ask a trusted friend or family member to check in.
- GIVE HER A TOUR OF THE HOUSE
Show your nanny where everything is located. Do not assume that she will know where to find diapers or snacks.
- CHILDPROOF YOUR HOME
Your nanny shouldn’t have to spend her first day rushing around to keep the kids from swallowing toilet cleaner or playing with antique weapons. Make sure to childproof your home prior to her arrival.
- DEMONSTRATE HOW THINGS WORK
Not every nanny knows how to operate a gas range or turn on a fancy home theater system. Show her how all of the appliances and electronic devices in your home work.
- TALK TO YOUR CHILDREN
Explain that the nanny is a guest in your home and is to be treated with respect. Make it clear that there will be repercussions if the children do not behave well.
Most of us can’t spend as much time as we would like with our children. A professional nanny provides affection and structure during the times you are unable to be with your little ones. Creating a job ad and interviewing potential nannies may seem a bit intimidating, but it must be done. Invest plenty of time into your nanny search and don’t rush the hiring process. Your kids deserve nothing but the best, and they’re counting on you to choose the right nanny.