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Questions to Ask When Hiring a Nanny.

Questions to Ask When Hiring a Nanny.. If you’ve chosen the best way for you to find quality childcare is through a nanny agency, ascertain you use one that is a trusted source. Obtaining a referral from a person you know who has used the services offered by agencies is a great way to find a company you can trust. Another way to explore the reputation of the company is by finding out whether it has any professional affiliations.

Questions To Ask Yourself First: Utilizing a nanny agency can make the process of finding childcare providers easier, faster and more convenient. Before you even start using any particular agency, you should ask yourself some important questions. For instance, how much time do you have left before you’ll have to hire a nanny?  Are you in a rush or when do you absolutely have to have a nanny by?  There are some good agencies that actually offer last minute hiring. What type of service do you need? How many hours at a time will you require a nanny to watch over your child? Would you want to be able to speak with your potential nanny first by phone before setting up an interview with her in person?

Questions To Ask Your Agency: In any case, if you think an agency is a company you really want to use, do some preliminary research first. You could contact the Better Business Bureau to find out consumers complaints regarding the particular agency. Now you can ask some important questions. Ask what costs are involved with the registration or application and if charged fees are refundable. Ask how the company conducts background checks and if you will be able to obtain a copy. Some agencies require that their applicants have special training such as CPR and First Aid, so inquire about that. Moreover, ask about the company’s policies and guarantees. For instance, what if there is a disagreement between you and the nanny? How will the company handle that? These are just some basic but very important questions to ask your nanny agency.

Top Questions to Ask When Hiring a Nanny:

  • What kind of experience do you have?
  • Do you have references?
  • Do you have any problems with your background?
  • May we do a background search?
  • What are your thoughts on discipline?
  • How do you feel about part time or full time?
  • Are you available for travel?
  • Do you want live-in or live-out nanny services?
  • Will their be any cleaning responsibilities?
  • Will the nanny have access to the entire home?
  • Will the nanny have access to a family car?
  • Will the nanny have insurance benefits?
  • Will the nanny be paid gross or net?
  • What will the exact detailed duties be?  Exactly.
  • Will the nanny earn any additional benefits or bonuses?
  • Is there anything the nanny is not comfortable with?
  • Very important to ask: “Why do you want this job?”
  • Determine the nanny’s pay rate.
  • Determine the weekly schedule.
  • Contract negotiations or agreements signed.
  • Agree to have a week long trial run before the contract can be enforced.

Remember, when hiring a nanny, it’s really like inviting another person into your home and your family.  More important than anything is to take your time and be patient enough to wait for the perfect fit.

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Live-In Nannies and How Much To Pay Them.

Live-In Nannies and How Much To Pay Them. Nannies are employed to look after children in the family home either on a live-in or live-out basis, depending on the parent’s needs. Nanny services range from full time live-in or live out, part-time, or just for weekends.

Live-in nannies are the most flexible option as they can be called upon for last minute aid. In an emergency, however, they are present in the house and promptly help out. Their training in house keeping is also advantageous. Live-in nannies generally expect their own bedroom and bathroom although they are equally comfortable sharing a bathroom with the children. You should understand that when you have a live-in nanny, your home is their home. You have to work out beforehand how you feel about having the nanny’s friends or partners around.  Also, you would want to arrange the details about the family car too.  Is the nanny going to have full access to a family vehicle, or is it only for use with the children?  These details will be greatly appreciated if this is all spelled out for both parties.

A live-out or daily nanny often feels more like a business arrangement. The nanny only does the day’s fixed work and leaves. With a live-in, the line is less easy to define, as the nanny is with you all the time and becomes equally responsible for the general house keeping and well being of the family.

The advantages of having a live-in nanny are many; especially if you are a single working parent, you can leave your children in safe hands without a worry. Live-in nannies are likely to be the most flexible childcare option of all but also the most expensive. A nanny can offer your child individual concentrated attention and if you find one who stays for a good length of time, they become like an extended member of the family, lending a helping hand, adding to your joys and easing your worries. Your children will be cared for in their own home and receive one-on-one care that is very essential for a healthy development. A nanny is, however, an expensive option and the entire cost including tax, national insurance and increased bills, it may not be that easy on your pocket.

Employer ethics are a major issue of concern in live-in nanny cases. Your children deserve a nanny who loves her work and gives it her best effort. You can make the workplace delightful or miserable, depending on your skills as a good employer. Your good and considerate treatment of the nanny then becomes a must. The need for building a healthy relationship with your nanny further increases. She must be given some time of the day when she can enjoy privacy or meet her family and friends to rejuvenate.  It’s actually quite important to allow plenty of time for your nanny to have some time away from the house.  This will keep your nanny feeling more rested and appreciated.  To check into local live-in nanny’s salaries, consult the US Dept of Labor – Wages Listings.

There’s a great nanny site out there called, “4nannies.com”  It’s very informative and very well organized.  They cover all sorts of topics in demand:

  • The number of hours care is needed each week. A full time nanny will typically average 45 hours per week. Longer scheduled days will require additional compensation. If the work week is expected to be greater than 55 hours per week, the family is advised to split the job between two employees.
  • Geographic region of country. The highest salaries are paid in major metro markets such as Boston, New York, Washington, Atlanta, San Francisco and Seattle.
  • Whether position is live-in or live-out (in some areas a live-in nanny’s salary is less; in other parts of the country there is little or no difference)
  • The nanny’s experience
  • The number of children and the job responsibilities.
  • Benefits, such as health insurance.
  • General Wage/Salary Considerations
    Compensation Packages
    Performance Reviews
    Calculate Nanny Payroll Tax

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