When it comes to choosing the right nanny, there is no such thing as asking too many questions. It is vital that you feel it is the right ‘match’ with the nanny and you give yourself time to find out as much about her as you can. From experience we know that the feeling will be instinctive. At Nannies Incorporated we know how important it is that this connection is established during initial meetings. We will always be happy to advise you on how to proceed with the interview process and how to structure an interview.
Below are a few examples of what you may wish to think about asking and discussing at interview stage:
- Discuss working hours and any extra hours you may require such as weekends, babysitting, if live-in, then also holidays with the family etc.
- Discuss any special dietary and medical requirements.
- If the nanny is going to travel with you, discuss any duties that may change during this time.
- What activities does she enjoy doing with the children?
- How will she structure her day?
- Is she creative and does she like arts & crafts?
- Does she enjoy taking the children to outside activities e.g. swimming, visiting library, music classes etc.?
- How would she establish a routine?
- What are her views on discipline?
- Is she happy to build up a social life for the child/children and meet other nannies for lunch, tea, play dates and activities?
- Is she a confident driver?
- How would she cope in an emergency, such as injury, allergic reaction, choking, etc.
- What are her hobbies?
- How does she like to spend her free time?
- Discuss your house rules, i.e. friends staying (male/female).