How to Find a Nanny
When it comes to finding a nanny, there are an unlimited ways to do so. While some ways are considered better than others, all ways are opportunities to recruit and connect with the right hire.
Spread the Word
Many parents find potential caregivers simply by letting those in their network know they are seeking a nanny. When parents let those in their network know they are seeking, they tend to receive quality leads, as who wants to be the one to refer a questionable caregiver to a friend or colleague? Talking to other parents and nannies in playgroups, mentioning that they are seeking a provider to their pediatrician and telling colleagues that they need a caregiver may provide parents with viable leads that they wouldn’t have otherwise secure. Those who spend time around children are more likely to have potential provider leads.
Social media has made connecting with others easy. By simply updating a Facebook status or tweeting a childcare need, parents can glean recommendations and referrals from those within their extended network. Depending on privacy settings, the status could be far-reaching and cross the eyes of a friend of friend who happens to be a professional nanny seeking employment. Since it’s free, using social media can be a worthwhile recruiting tool. Since many people may learn about the opportunity, parents should be prepared to deal with a fair number of inquiries about their position.
Register With a Nanny Placement Agency
For those who want someone else to do the work for them, utilizing a reputable nanny placement agency makes sense. For a fee, a reputable placement agency will provide parents with prescreened nanny candidates who are qualified to meet their specific care needs and successfully take on the duties and responsibilities of the job. Since placement agencies consider the family’s needs and only present the parents with prescreened caregivers who are qualified to meet those needs, it saves parents loads of time as they don’t need to weed through tons of candidates to determine which are viable and which are not. Parents can expect to pay about 10% or more of the nanny’s gross annual salary in placement fees to the agency.
Post in the Classifieds
Parents can utilize newspaper classifieds or online classifieds to recruit nanny candidates. Some online sites like Craigslist are broad reaching but other sites like NannyClassifieds.com are dedicated strictly to nanny job advertisements. Depending on the classified outlet parents may be charged to place their nanny advertisement, however the cost is typically nominal. Since job advertisements can attract a large pool of candidates, parents will need to spend ample time weeding through applicants to determine which may be qualified and which are not. Drafting a detailed job description can help deter those who are not qualified from applying.
Sign Up with Online Nanny Recruiting Sites
Online nanny recruiting sites like eNannySource.com are the modern do-it-yourself model for finding nannies. With online recruiting sites both parents and nannies can create profiles that can be searched by site visitors and members. Nannies create profiles outlining their qualifications and experience and parents create profiles outlining their family’s caregiving needs. Paying members are able to contact those with profiles that interest them. While some sites have better search capabilities than others, parents who are willing to invest a little time can browse through profiles of potential caregivers in their area and only contact those they feel may be a right employment match. Most reputable sites make screening tools available to parents so that they can conduct a background check on any caregiver they wish to hire, providing the caregiver consents. The fee to join most nanny recruiting sites is nominal, making it an attractive option for recruiting candidates.
Visit College Campuses
College campuses are often overlooked as a viable place to recruit caregivers. Colleges, especially those who offer degrees in early childhood education, are home to lots of students with previous childcare experience who are eagerly seeking employment. For parents seeking a part-time or seasonal caregiver, college students may be a great option, as they typically aren’t seeking full-time employment and have blocks of time they are typically not in classes. Parents can contact the campus career counseling center or the student employment office to learn how to advertise their job to current students and in some cases, even alumni.
Reach Out to Daycare Workers
Many daycare teachers would love the opportunity to transition to private care since nannies typically earn more than daycare workers and are responsible for far less children. Since daycare workers tend to be experienced childcare providers, parents may be thrilled at the prospect of hiring a caregiver who has classroom experience. Daycare workers who transition to private, in-home childcare are often offered jobs by parents who hire them to babysit in the evenings or weekends. These jobs sometimes can then turn into full-time nanny jobs, if the parents feel that the caregiver is a good match.
Hang Flyers in the Community
Some parents have luck connecting with potential caregivers by posting advertisement flyers in places nannies frequent. These places may include the local library, coffee shop, children’s gym and play center, local toy stores and community centers. Parents will need to ask permission before posting advertisements though, as some venues do not allow advertisements to be posted by the general public.
Parents should consider all options as recruiting tools for potential providers. Regardless of what method is used to find a nanny, parents must accept the responsibility for screening and hiring the caregiver. Parents must take the appropriate steps to screen a potential nanny, including conducting phone and in-person interviews, reviewing employment history, verifying educational and credentials, running a complete background check, calling references and listening to their gut feelings about the provider. Even if someone else is conducting the search on the parent’s behalf, parents should review the candidate’s complete file and contact references themselves. The more information parents can glean about a potential nanny, the more educated and informed their hiring decision will be.