Juggling a job, babies, family, and personal time is the norm for most parents these days, which is why bringing in some extra help is sometimes the answer. If you're in a position to search for, hire, and work with a nanny, then you've likely done the research involved to pinpoint candidates who might be a good fit. Since this individual will be spending lots of time with your children, a rigorous screening process is a must.
Hiring a nanny creates an employee/employer dynamic between you and whomever you hire; therefore, approaching the meeting as an interview where references, résumés, and proper responses are expected is totally acceptable. Once you get in the interview, you need to be able to thoroughly assess the candidate, so we've compiled a list of 15 questions to add to your dossier when you're ready to pick the right person for the oh-so-special job.
- What made you want to become a nanny?
- How long have you been a nanny? How many children have you cared for?
- Why did your last position end?
- Give me a brief description of your child-rearing philosophy and how you developed it.
- How would you handle a situation where you and I have different parenting philosophies?
- Who are some child developmental authors or thought leaders you admire? Why do you admire them?
- What is your favorite age to care for? Why?
- Are you trained in CPR? First aid?
- Talk about your view on discipline. Do you employ spanking or time outs?
- How do you typically handle a crying baby? What about a child throwing a temper tantrum?
- How would your references describe you?
- Give an example of a crisis you've handled during a childcare situation. What was the outcome?
- What do you consider your responsibilities around the house while taking care of children? Housework? Errands? Pick up/drop off?
- When do you think it's OK for the children not to be supervised?
- What types of daily activities do you like doing with children you watch?