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How do you find and keep a good nanny? Here are the basics - keep an open mind, get your feet wet, do your homework, and trust yourself. You'll find the solution you need.
Kinds of Nannies
There are live-in and live-out nannies and some nannies who care for children in their own homes. There are full time and part time nannies, certified and self-taught nannies, younger and older nannies, experienced nannies and talented newcomers, shared nannies and even male nannies.
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What Nannies Do
The basic job is to protect, love, play with, and teach the children in her care, and then to share her insights with you. As for specific activities, depending on how many hours/week a nanny is to work, most parents will want her to engage their children in activities that they'd like to do themselves, some of that being a matter of time, some of it a matter of skills. The other basic of the nanny's duties is child-related housekeeping. Don't expect her to become the housekeeper, the maid, the family chauffeur & pet sitter, your personal assistant, or your best friend and confidant. Let her focus on your child.
Where to find your nanny
You can hire with the help of a good agency (the International Nanny Association and the Alliance of Professional Nanny Agencies offer standards for nannies and for agencies), or on your own, or through a nanny training program (the American Council of Nanny Schools sets valuabe standards here). In any and all cases, we urge you to request and check references, to interview thoroughly, and to have a trial run.
Compensation
You need to know how to pay and manage your employee: Will she work by the hour, day or week? Nanny taxes, benefits, raises, incentives, and perks. Contracts and how they work.
Definitions
While we use the general term "nanny" to refer to a person who cares for children in the children's own home, there are subdivisions in the broad group of "nannies" that you will need to know. They depend on the caregiver's level of training, her duties, the length of her work week, and whether or not ...more
Recruiting Nanny Candidates
Luck and homework are the major factors in screening. Some families will screen dozens and dozens of applicants, hiring none; others will luck out with the first candidate. How you screen your candidates is part of creating your own luck ...more
Pay
Bargains work in some areas of life, but not for long in this one. If you want to find and keep a good nanny, pay her accordingly ...more
On the Job
Working with others is hard enough; it's harder when that person works in your home caring for your children, whether you are there or not. Understanding where the nanny fits into the family is critical, and making a habit of clear, considerate communication will take you far ...more

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