- You have to understand and explain the kind of help you need.
- You have to examine your own values and beliefs about bringing up children.
- And you must be confident that the caregiver you choose has values you respect and will give your child individual, caring attention.
Consider. . .
The keys for selecting a qualified nanny are to allow yourself enough time for the selection process, to define what you want and expect, and to define your child's needs. To do this you can ask various questions and consider these criteria:
Age: Would you be more comfortable with an older mature nanny? Or would you prefer a younger nanny, perhaps a student?
Education: Is it important for you to have a nanny who is formally trained in child development or in early childhood education? Is a college degree an important qualification?
Experience: Is previous experience in child care an important issue for you? What do you consider appropriate experience? Is raising a family adequately, or would you desire experience in a more formal setting such as a classroom or child care center?
Personal Traits: Visualize your ideal nanny. Is s/he quiet and calm, outgoing, and peppy, creative, and neat? Is a sense of humor important to you? Do you have pets with which the nanny will be in contact? How do you feel about smoking? What about religion? Do you require someone with a similar cultural background? What personal qualities do you want you, nanny, to have?
Other Important Factors: What can you afford to pay a nanny? How long a time commitment do you expect your nanny to make? These questions will get you started in defining the kind of nanny care you want for your children. After defining what you need and expect, the next decision to make is whether or not to select a nanny on your own or to pay a professional placement service to find a nanny.