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As a parent there are countless moments where you’ll have your heart up in your throat. The first time they let go of your hand in a play park to run off to a friend, the first time they sleep over at a friend and the first time they go on a school camp. But leaving your kids with a new nanny for the first time is also one of those moments.

There are quite a few questions you need to ask a prospective new nanny in order to establish her credibility and her trustworthiness, not to mention her ability to look after your most precious gems. We’ve rounded up some of the most informative articles on the web that give you some insight as to what you should have on your “10 Questions” list when the could-be nanny attends an interview.

The parenting website What to Expect has a detailed article about different categories of questions you should be asking and suggests asking some of these in the initial Pre-Screening or Phone interview and then leaving the more personal questions for the Face-to-Face interview so that you can observe her body language. Our top picks from the list of their questions include:

  1. Do you have any health problems I should know about?
  2. Do you have children of your own?
  3. What are your plans for the future?
  4. Why did you leave your last job?
  5. What are the ages of the children you have cared for?
  6. Do you have CPR (or are you willing to take) training?
  7. Describe what a typical day would be like if you were to be appointed as my nanny?
  8. What are your views about discipline?
  9. What would you do if my child becomes sick?
  10. How do you feel about television? Do you believe it should be incorporated into a child’s day?

They have a wide range of topics that they discuss and tell you what to look for and how to make an informed and grounded decision regarding hiring the best nanny for your child. Read the full article here: www.whattoexpect.com/first-year/childcare-options/interview-questions-for-nannies.aspx

The Huffington Post has, what appears to be, one of the most detailed and longest list of possible questions you can ask you prospective nanny in order to establish her personality and ability to care for your kids. Some of the best questions on the list include:

  1. Why are you interested in this job?
  2. What kind of professional development do you have in childcare?
  3. Are you willing to do occasional overnight stays with the children?
  4. Describe your childcare experiences and how they ended?
  5. What do you find most challenging about working with children?
  6. How would you keep my child safe at home?
  7. In a nutshell, what is your overall child rearing philosophy?
  8. What is your view on nutrition for children?
  9. What would you do to encourage my child bonding with you?
  10. How do you handle temper tantrums?

They have an EXTENSIVE list of inspiring ideas for questions to ask a potential nanny that can really aid you in getting to know the person on a personal level. Their questions range from work experience related and age specific caring questions to personal questions. To read the full post head over to the website: www.huffingtonpost.com/helen-moon/nanny_b_2147549.html

The website Momtastic has a few inspiring ideas for nanny interview questions. Their list of “to-asks” includes:

  1. Why do you want this position?
  2. What would you do if my child hit another child?
  3. What do you like to do in your free time?
  4. How would you handle an emergency situation?
  5. What attracts you to caring for children?
  6. Tell me about your childcare philosophy?

The article gives you some useful insight as to hw you should analyze the prospective nanny’s personality and how to make a good decision that will ultimately affect your children’s lives. To read the full post head over to the website: www.momtastic.com/parenting/106542-10-questions-to-ask-a-potential-nanny/

Choosing the best nanny might seem like a daunting task but it will be well worth all the interviews you go through in order to find the perfect fit. If you use the questions we mentioned above, eliminating the wrong candidates will be as easy as pie. It’s always critical that you establish the prospective nanny’s desire to want to genuinely care for your children and give them the best possible upbringing while you are not there to do so yourself.


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