Tips for Hiring the Best Caregiver
If you are looking for a home caregiver, check for nanny service California sites if living in California, as well as online nanny groups. Nanny services agencies provide training to Housekeeper California nannies and find them jobs. However, if you prefer to search for a caregiver by yourself other than use the Senior Care California agencies, below are tips to follow.
Concentrate on the future but not the current situation as to why you need a nanny. Do not get a nanny that will not stay for long. Changing caregivers now and then is not good even for the kids. A good caregiver will be there throughout the journey of bringing up the kids right from birth to all stages of development. The caregiver should take care of the whole family, not just the kids.
By word of mouth, share with your friends that you need a nanny or your previous caregivers. Prepare for the interview with a list of valid questions that you would want to ask. One of the most important questions to ask the nanny is the years she has worked as a nanny as well as any criminal record. Do not ask the most obvious question as the nanny will be prepared. Be broad with the interview and ask questions unexpectedly. Find out what a nanny would do if faced with an emergency. The way the nanny will answer the question will enable you to decide whether to hire her and whether she is good for your kids. Discuss about the salary issue and let her state her expectations and table your offer too.
After you get a nanny of your choice, conduct a background check, even before she starts working. You can reach out to referees provided in the CV and ask a few questions regarding the caregiver you intend to hire. A caregiver is someone who will be taking care of your family and your kids, therefore a background check on her family is also important. Know where the nanny comes from. Find out from the next of kin if the nanny has been allowed to work, especially if she is married. Some agencies conduct a background check on caregivers at a considerable fee.
Let the nanny sign a contract detailing all the terms before she starts working. It is good to have it verified and endorsed by your attorney.
Come to an agreement with the nanny regarding important days such as sick off, weekly off day, annual leave etc. Other added benefits to be discussed included overtimes, bonuses, medical cover, etc. Explain to the caregiver what is expected of her immediately she starts the job.
Discuss the do’s and don’ts during working hours. For easier bonding with the kids, introduce her to everyone, and conduct and induction training. Mention the working hours especially for nannies not living with you. A nanny cam is important to have in the house.