3 Questions To Ask Potential Nannies

You aren't always able to stay home and take care of your children as you may want. You have several options about how to make sure that your children are taken care of while you are at work or doing the things you need to do. One of your options is to hire a nanny. When you start to interview people to be your children's nanny, you need to ask them several questions. What are some questions that you should ask your potential nanny?

First Aid Certification

You want to know that your children are going to be safe when they are with the nanny. Having a nanny who is up to date with all the latest first aid information, including CPR, is one way to guarantee that safety. Ask the candidate if they have first aid certification, how recently they went through the courses, and how comfortable they feel putting their learning into practice. If you have a swimming pool, you should also ask the nanny if they have life savers training. That training teaches people how to handle emergencies in the water. 

Special Needs Children

If you have a child with special needs, you should ask the nanny if they have experience working with kids who have similar needs to your child. Ask the nanny how they would handle certain things. For example, if you have an autistic child, they may have times when they are overstimulated and may melt down. You want to know how the nanny would handle the meltdown and keep your child safe during it. You may also want to talk to them about how they would get your child out of the situation before it gets to the point where your child would melt down. 

Structure the Day

The nanny should be able to give you a good idea about how they would structure the day with your children. When you ask them about it, the nanny may tell you about how they set up the days in other families that they worked with. Doing it that way can be a good idea since the nanny isn't going to be familiar with your children or your existing routine. And the information should be enough to give you an idea about how the nanny works. 

If you can't be home with your children, you want to know that they are safe. Hiring a nanny can do that. Making sure that you ask them a lot of questions when you are interviewing them will give you the most information and let you make a good decision. 

Contact nanny services near you to learn more.