Finding a live in nanny can be a difficult process that requires lots of intelligence and patience. In essence, you are adding another family member to your household (since he or she will be living with you), so you are going to want to be extra careful when you are looking for a live in nanny. The reasons why someone would need a nanny that permanently lives in their household could vary; some find it more convenient to have their kids taken care of at the house, while others don’t have a local day care center to take their kids to, so a nanny that lives with them is basically their only option. Whatever the reason may be, we are going to cover some of the most important criteria when finding a live in nanny.
What one person sees a good trait in a live in nanny may not be the same as what another person values, so giving a universally-relevant checklist of things you should be looking for in a live in nanny is pretty much out of the question, but there are things that most everybody should know of. One of the most important parts of finding a live in nanny is being able to trust this person; there obviously needs to be a huge amount of trust between you and the nanny, since she will be living in the house at all times, often with no one home except for her and the kids. And while there is no one single way to make sure a person is trust worthy, there are a couple things you can do to help you with this. One would be finding a previous employer of that specific nanny, and calling them to ask a few questions. They will be able to tell you everything you need to know about her, like if she knew what to do in case of an emergency, or if the family ever caught her trying to steal something. Also performing a background check on any potential nanny’s is something that takes very little effort and time (usually around $10-$15), and can give you the peace of mind knowing that you were about to hire a nanny with a criminal background!
Of course, there will be things that nannies are looking for, for people who are finding a live in nanny. For example, the nanny is going to be living with you in your house, so it is going to be unrealistic to expect her to have to sleep on the couch at night. She should have her own room just like any other member of the family, and a separate bathroom is definitely going to be a plus. Rising above all the other things though that attracts live in nannies, is the pay. Remember, you aren’t going to want someone you aren’t particularly fond of living with you in your home, so it is wise to be prepared to pay a little extra money to make sure that you can hire an experience live in nanny that is trust worthy. Finding a live in nanny to hire is not an inexpensive process, which is why most families stick to the traditional day care center. However, if you can afford it, having your own live in nanny will certainly have its perks.
So with a little bit of knowledge gained from this article, and a lot of patience, you should now have no problem whatsoever finding a live in nanny. Just remember that above all else, you are going to want to be able to trust this person.