Finding a nanny for your family can be a daunting task. You want to ensure that you leave your children in the best possible care, with a nanny who has the qualifications and experience to manage children of the age that your children are. The ideal nanny should really serve as a “partner” in caring for your child. Even if they are willing to provide childcare services, will your nanny be willing to do school runs, help with light house-keeping duties maybe? When it comes to finding the right nanny for your family, hiring an agency to find the most suitable candidate can prove the most cost-effective and time efficient means of doing so for a number of reasons.
- Access to Interviewed and Vetted Candidates
By going through an agency to find a nanny, you can gain access to candidates who have been fully interviewed and vetted by the agency team. You can ensure that the experience and qualifications that candidates claim to have has been fully checked out by the agency team and that their background has been completely checked before the interview stage even begins. You don’t want to waste your time interviewing and selecting a nanny only to discover that their experience, background or qualifications aren’t quite what they say they are.
As well as this, you could spend weeks advertising for nannies, going through several applications and trying to draw up a shortlist whereas a nanny agency can have a shortlist of ideal candidates over to you to consider in as little as a few days.
- Interview Set-Up and Advice
Once an agency has put forward some candidates for you to review and select for the interview stage, they can also be called upon to help set-up interviews and help to ensure that you ask all the right questions by listening to your needs and preparing questions for you to ask or even sitting in on interviews if needed. An agency representative will have the experience and knowledge to ensure that you pose important questions to candidates that you never would have thought of without their advice.
- Choosing a Nanny
If you have not got much experience in hiring nannies, you can trust that you can use a nanny agency to find one that best suits your needs, relying on their expert advice to not only present and interview candidates but helping you to whittle down the candidates that you have interviewed and select the most appropriate candidate. You can also rely on the expertise of a nanny agency to then arrange things like payroll and employment contracts.
Choosing a nanny can be an intensive, exhausting process if you choose to tackle the task yourself but it can be done. However, when choosing a nanny, you’ll want to ensure that you make the right decision first time around, before your children become familiar and form a bond with a nanny that you feel is not the right fit.
For the best results and less stressful process, it’s certainly worth considering hiring a nanny agency to help you find the right nanny to task with the care of your little ones.