Hiring A Nanny – What To Ask

Posted: Sunday November 26 2017

By: Guest Blogger

Hiring A Nanny – What To Ask

By Hayley Anderson-Richardson

In my last two blogs I have talked you through the pros and cons of nannies and where to find your ideal nanny. Now for the last installment of this series I am looking at other considerations and interviewing.

So you have decided a Nanny is right for you, you have chosen if you are hiring them yourself or if you are using an agency, but have you thought about when hiring a nanny – what to ask, pay, how to employ, hours, insurance?

If your hiring yourself have you looked at the implications of having to run a payroll and pay tax, national insurance and sick pay, not to mention having a pension available. It is not as daunting as it sounds but speak to accountant and get the answers first.

Check your house insurance covers you as either an employer if you are hiring directly or that it covers someone else to work within your home if your using an agency, again having the knowledge first is vital.

  • Are contracts in place around hours and expectations.
  • Have you considered if they are allowed access to phones and the internet?
  • Can they invite others around to the house? Either friends or other nannies for play dates.
  • Do you plan to review the partnership and if so how often? I would recommend three monthly.
  • Do they need/have use of a car? If that’s yours are they insured appropriately.
  • Is there a confidentiality agreement written into your contract? There should be as you never know what they might see and hear while in the home.
  • Have you covered what will happen during family holidays? Will they go with you? How would this effect hours/pay and benefits?

By now you should have thought of  everything so its time to interview.

Even if you are hiring an agency you should still have an idea of the questions that should be asked.

If your hiring yourself take time to plan your interview, the questions and also the time and venue so you are relaxed and comfortable. Make sure your not alone, not only for safety but also as they may pick up on something you didn’t and be able to offer another perspective.

So what to ask, here is a brief list to get you started. I am sure you will also have your own questions and the more you speak with a Nanny you will think of questions on the spot to. Plus you will also need to add in questions specific to any additional duties you have requested.

Hiring A Nanny – What To Ask – Interview Questions

  • Why did you choose to become a nanny?
  • What qualities do you think are important in a nanny?
  • What qualifications do you have? (including professional development, first aid, etc) Do you have a clean driving license?
  • What are you looking for in an employer?
  • How would you feel if I brought up an issue with the children and I felt very strongly that I wanted it handled a certain way? For example diet or sleep routines.
  • Are you willing to do occasional overnight stays with the children? (could also include holidays etc)
  • What do you see as a nanny’s responsibilities when traveling? And what do you think is important to make family travel successful?
  • What does confidentiality mean to you?
  • Describe your childcare experiences and why you last employment ended.
  • How many children have you cared for at a time in your previous positions?
  • What were the best parts of your previous jobs?
  • What do you find to be the most challenging part of working with children?
  • Can you tell me about the most difficult child/family/ parent you worked with?
  • Have you ever had to handle an emergency? If so, what happened and what action did you take?
  • Would you care for a sick child?
  • What is your view on nutrition for children?
  • What is your view on discipline?
  • Do you feel comfortable arranging play dates? How would you go about setting them up?
  • How would you handle a crying baby?
  • How long do you think a baby should be left to cry?
  • How would you handle a temper tantrum ?
  • What activities would you set up to initially engage my child?
  • What would you do to encourage the child to bond to you?
  • Do you do many outdoor activities with children? Do you think this is important?
  • Will you complete homework with children?
  • Are you willing to supervise friends of our child who are I our home?
  • How do you think your closest friends would describe you and your personality?
  • What do you like to do in your free time?
  • Do you smoke, drink, use drugs, or swear? Also voice you expectations of if these are acceptable.

Once you have decided on a Nanny I would recommend  a short trail period where you can see the interactions and if personalities work well together. From there a longer contracted trail period usually six weeks to three months would take place following which the post would become permanent.

Trails should take place no matter if you are hiring of using an agency.

Best of luck with finding your perfect nanny and I am here if you have any specific questions, but for now I am off to get ready for the Networking Mummies Awards (I’m a finalist yay) but I will be back soon and with lots of tips from the Mummies at this awards ceremony on being a working mum!

# Hiring A Nanny What To Ask