Tips for Hiring the Best Caregiver
There are online sites and several nanny groups where people living in California can find a nanny. The best place, however, to find a caregiver will be through a nanny service agency that trains caregivers and help them find 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.
Think of the long-term reasons why you require a nanny. Avoid getting a nanny who insists she is only interested in working for a short time. Changing caregivers now and then is not good even for the kids. A good nanny will walk with you throughout the journey of baby growth, from sitting, to crawling to walking, etc. 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. Among the most important are the years of services, any past criminal record, etc. Avoid asking the most common questions as the interviewee already expects them and will be ready. Be broad with the interview and ask questions unexpectedly. Find out what a nanny would do if faced with an emergency. The answers the caregiver provides are enough proof of whether she will be good for the kids. Let the nanny give her expected salary figure as well as the amount you intend to pay her.
After getting the right nanny, before signing the contract, do a background check to know more about her. Referees in her CV will be in a position to give information regarding their experience with the caregiver. Do a family background check to know more of the person you will be entrusting your kids with. Find out where the caregiver lives. Find out from the next of kin if the nanny has been allowed to work, especially if she is married. Hire the agencies that do a nanny background check.
Let the nanny sign a contract detailing all the terms before she starts working. Consult your attorney for assistance with the contract.
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. When the nanny starts the job, put forward your expectations.
Outline what she should do and what she should not do during working hours. Conduct an induction training and teach her how to use various equipment, and ensure she meets everyone in the family to enable her feel welcomed and comfortable. Mention the working hours especially for nannies not living with you. If need be, install a nanny camera in your house.