- Make sure you share the same values about children as your nanny. Talk about expectations, values and education.
- Communicate what a day would look like when your child is with your nanny. Be clear on your ideas.
- Be on the same page with discipline. Talk to the nanny about past experiences and how they handled the situation.
- Ask the nanny about their family. Do they have a close relationship with their brothers and sisters. Are they close to their parents?
- Get an idea about their social life. Are their weekends packed with going out, or are they more of a homebody?
- Call all references. We at Olive.You.Nanny call at least three childcare references. It’s always a good idea to call a potential nanny's friend, too. You’d be surprised what comes out!
- Have a trial day with the nanny. Have the nanny come back for at least a few hours. Have her change a diaper, give a bottle. It’s important for you to see the interaction.
- Run a background check. No matter what.
- Have a nanny/family agreement you go over to make sure you’re all on the same page. Talk about expectations.
And lastly, make sure you set aside time every few weeks to catch up with each other. Talk about how things are going and always keep the lines of communication open!