Every child deserves a village of people who will nurture and teach them while allowing them to grow and use their imagination. The job of a nanny does not only consist of taking care of children, but also turning them into kind and thoughtful people. So, if you are set on hiring a nanny for your kids, here’s how to.
Understand Your Family’s Needs First
Before you look for a nanny, it is important to understand the needs of your family first. Do your kids really need a nanny? And, if the answer to the question is yes, then it is critical for you to have a clear picture of what you want in a nanny. You may start with the basics:
How many hours per week will the nanny work, what their responsibilities and duties will be, and so on? Then, write down a few personality traits you’re looking for as well as any dealbreakers. Ask yourself, “Do I need a live-in nanny for full-time support?” If so, do I have enough space to comfortably accommodate them?
How much experience do they need?
Is it necessary for the nanny to take on additional responsibilities (cooking, cleaning, etc.)?
How long will I require the services of a nanny?
What personality traits will work well with my children? Responsible, self-assured, organized, and friendly?
Do I want the nanny to be certified in CPR or First Aid?
Will it bother me if they smoke cigarettes or have visitors in my home?
Will they be required to own a car and have a clean driving record?
Should I choose a man or a woman as a nanny? And, should I consider factors like age and background?
Think About the Salary
The average nanny salary varies greatly depending on where you live. The IRS requires you to pay your nanny at least the state’s minimum wage per hour. However, most experienced nannies have higher expectations. The current hourly wage for childcare workers in the United States is $13.22.
Because the exact figure will vary depending on where you live, so why don’t you use the following link as a calculator to get a ballpark figure and then go from there: https://www.care.com/babysitting-rates.
Remember that compensation should be equitable while also being realistically affordable. Offering a competitive salary, on the other hand, means you’ll attract better and more experienced nannies.
If you can’t offer a competitive rate in your area, consider offering perks and incentives to make the job more appealing.
Benefits could include paid overtime and sick leave, mileage reimbursement, health insurance contribution, and so on. Offering to pay for live-in nannies’ accommodations and amenities is a great idea.
Create the Perfect Job Description
A detailed job description will assist you in finding the best match. There are various methods for locating potential nanny candidates, but in all cases, you must have a job description on hand in order to begin connecting with viable candidates who can meet your needs. When writing the job description, remember to include details such as:
How many children do you have and how old are they?
Weekly timetable (full-time or part time)
Needs for in-home or live-in care
The primary responsibilities and duties
Any specifications (certifications, training, etc.)
Your contact details
Salary and benefits
The Advertising Stage
Going through a reputable caregiver website is a fantastic option. Caregiver websites such as Care.com, UrbanSitter.com, and SitterCity.com make it simple to find qualified candidates. They also provide other services such as background checks and payroll services. To find potential matches, create a profile and post your job. You’ll be able to look over each nanny’s profile first, and then respond to those you’re interested in. In addition, you can:
Hire a nanny placement agency (fees range from $1,000 to $4,000).
Post and share the job description on Facebook and join nanny-related Facebook groups. You can share on other social media platforms as well.
Distribute the job description to family and friends.