We have all heard the horrifying news about nannies and how they are prone to mistreating children and entering into other unwanted behaviors while on the job. But what about all the other factors about hiring a nanny that no-one ever talks about?
Knowing the red flags to look out for when hiring a nanny is absolutely critical to understanding their rights, your obligations and most importantly, the safety and well-being of your child or children.
1. Rights and Responsibilities
A good nanny will know what their rights are and what your responsibilities are as an employer. This is their job and it should be treated in the same professional manner as any other form of employment. A nanny that doesn’t insist on a detailed employment contract is not taking their job seriously. So, although going through the process of providing a contract may seem like too much work, it is a good sign when a prospective nanny insists on having a contract in place.
2. Referrals, References, and Recommendations
It is always good to work off a referral or recommendation from someone that you know and trust. Make sure that their recommendation is based on personal experience and not that of a third party. Even if you get a solid recommendation, it is still a good idea to check references and ask previous employers for their personal opinion. A nanny that cannot offer you any references or where references are not contactable is a huge red flag. If you do not personally know anyone who has hired a nanny, it’s a good idea to hire from a professional agency. For example, if you are looking for the best nanny Los Angeles has to hire, we recommend our friends at SOFLO Domestics to take care of your needs. They thoroughly background, reference and criminal check all of their people and take the safety of your children very seriously.
Do your own research into the nanny you are considering hiring. Check out their social media pages to get a better idea of their character and who they are when they are not on the job. Also, do a credit check and a criminal background check. You will be surprised at how many people with a criminal or arrest record think that they can get away with not informing potential employers if they have a criminal history. Even if you are using an agency to find a nanny, don’t automatically assume that these checks have been performed for you and do your research. If you can’t find any information on the person, especially on social media, be wary.
4. Sex Offender List
It is unfortunate but many pedophiles and sex offenders look for jobs that will allow them to be near children. Check your local sex offender list as well as the national register and make sure that your potential nanny is not listed. Be aware that sex offenders are likely to use a false name so remember to do your research and make sure that you have their real name and other personal details.
Most importantly, trust your instincts. Interview each candidate personally and if something just doesn’t feel right or add up, then trust your gut and don’t hire that person. Parents often have a 6th sense when it comes to the health and well-being of their precious children and a bad feeling simply should not be ignored.