The Most Common Mistakes When Hiring A Nanny

16 May 2021 / Artisan Aunties

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Hiring a nanny isn’t something you take lightly. You’ll be entrusting your precious children to someone else’s care, so you must be as confident as possible that your preferred candidate truly is the best person for the job. If you want to hire someone to help out with childcare, it’s a good idea to be aware of the most common mistakes people make when hiring a nanny, so you don’t make them yourself:

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Not being thorough with background checks

Screening candidates is a vital part of the hiring process, and goes far beyond just doing a DBS check. You need to take the time to contact their referees to talk about the candidate’s responsibilities, strengths and weaknesses etc.

Asking the wrong interview questions

When you interview candidates for the post of nanny, you need to get a good idea of who they are and how they’ll handle themselves. Ask them to talk about their previous jobs and the children they’ve looked after, and make sure they have experience they need to work with the age range of your child/children. It’s also a good idea to ask them to describe challenges they’ve had in the past and how they handled them – their answers will give you a good insight into how well they will cope with problems.

Not being clear about expectations

An Artisan Aunties nanny offers far more than basic childcare. They’ll be happy to do other duties as long as you’re clear about what you want and they can agree to them in advance. Many nannies are also asked to help out with housework and shopping so tell them what you would like to help out with. If you want them to use their own car to transport your children, make sure they’re happy to do so, and that they have the appropriate insurance. If you suddenly ask your nanny to do something they hadn’t been expecting, you could cause a problem, especially if it’s something they’re not happy about.

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Not agreeing on childcare principles

There’s no point in employing a nanny whose style of childcare differs from your own. Check that your candidate has the same kind of philosophy to you and make sure you’re both on the same page when it comes to things like discipline.

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Not having a written agreement

A signed contract will be helpful to you and your new nanny. With an agreement about the working hours, salary, payment dates etc, there will be no opportunity for dispute about what was verbally agreed at a later time.

Not paying the market rate

You are much more likely to attract a good nanny if you pay them the going rate. They know how much they’re worth, so if you’re offering a lower wage than other families, then you’re probably not going to find and retain the perfect candidate.

Not having a trial period

With the best will in the world, sometimes things don’t work out. That’s why it’s always best to have a trial period when you employ a new nanny – giving both parties the opportunity to part ways if things are not working out.

Not getting Artisan Aunties involved

As a professional recruitment company, we understand the challenges in hiring the right person for the job. We are renowned for our rigorous screening and selection process and will only put forward exceptional candidates who we believe have the right personality and work ethic to fit in with your family, are enthusiastic and engaging, and have kind hearts. We will steer you through the hiring process so you don’t make mistakes, and can help you with wages and invoicing. Contact us to discuss your requirements and find out more about how we can help you find the perfect nanny.

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