The person who looks after and teaches your children every day should posses certain qualifications. Bringing a nanny into your family is a big step, and your children’s present and future will be shaped by this person.
Use this list of qualifications as a guide to setting your own requirements when looking for a nanny.
- Must have a genuine warm, caring and nurturing attitude towards children.
- Education requirements should minimally be a high school diploma, but a college degree is better.
- Previous child care experience preferred. Past work as a teacher, nanny, or child care provider is ideal.
- Verifiable references. Whatever past experience the person claims to have must be backed-up with reference names and contact information. You must do the follow-up reference check.
- Must have current driving license and good driving record.
- Must be a non-smoker.
- Must provide proof of U.S. Citizenship, permanent residency or valid work authorization.
- Must be willing to commit to one year of service and possible re-location.
When you find the right person that meets all of the qualifications, then you need to be specific about the expected responsibilities the nanny will have.
Child care and all it entails is the primary responsibility, but might include light housekeeping and meal preparation.