As your business grows, you will likely face the challenge of child care. Early on in my businesses’ life I had to make the leap: to hire a nanny so that I could commit to getting the work done, and bringing in more business. This is a scary step, for many reasons, including feeling comfortable leaving your children in someone else’s care. So how do you go about hiring a nanny or babysitter, if that’s the route you want to go? All month long we are going to look at childcare solutions. And we begin here with a few tips on hiring the right childcare provider. What should you do?
How do I hire a nanny or babysitter? Some important tips:
- Be sure to check character references. People applying for babysitting or nanny positions may not have a full work resume. What’s important is how they interact with others, and whether they have the type of personality that will work with your children’s needs. You can’t glean this type of information from a mere piece of paper, so take the time to ask your prospective hire for references.
- Conduct your interviews with potential candidates alone first, then have a meeting while your kids are present to see how your potential hire interacts with your children, and to see if your kids also feel comfortable with the candidate. Starting out with one-on-one time first allows you to concentrate on evaluating the person, to see if it makes sense to introduce them to your kids.
- Ask friends or family for babysitter recommendations. When I was looking for babysitting jobs in my younger years, I received all three of my positions through personal recommendations by friends and family. And my current babysitter came to me through word of mouth in my community’s Facebook page. Be sure to ask around in your social circles in case your friends have suggestions for you.
- If none of your friends have babysitter or nanny recommendations, consider registering for websites such as CanadianNanny.ca or MyBestHelper.com These websites will help you find people looking for babysitting or nanny opportunities in your neighbourhood.
- If you’re placing an ad on a website, such as the suggested ones above, be sure to be detailed in listing the requirements and traits you are looking for in applicants. This will help narrow down the people applying for the position, and it will help you to realize the most important qualities you want in your children’s caregivers.
- If deciding between candidates, consider whether they have First Aid training. This extra bit of training could provide you with peace of mind if you’re just starting to leave your children for the first time.
- For further information and additional tips to help you make this tough decision, you can take a look at this article from Canadian Living and this article from the Toronto Star on similar subjects.
In the end, go with your intuition. If something feels right, it probably is.
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