Hiring A Nanny


If you are returning to work, you will be more focused on someone who will be stimulating, creative, and attentive to the needs of your child. If you are a “stay at home mom,” and will be the primary caretaker of your child, you will be more interested in a person who can accommodate other needs of the household in addition to child care.

12 Key Questions to Ask in an Interview

  • What is your previous nanny experience?
  • What kinds of activities do you enjoy doing with children?
  • What would you do in case of an emergency?
  • What is your philosophy on disciplining a child?
  • What skills do you have that make you a better childcare provider (i.e., music, sports, and arts)?
  • How long of a commitment are you willing to make? What are your plans for the future?
  • What made you decide to become a nanny?
  • When something is bothering you on the job, how do you communicate problems with your employer?
  • What memories do you have of your own childhood?
  • What are your expectations of the position?

Second Interviews & Trial Days – A Must!

If you have met more than one candidate that you are interested in, have each of them come back for a second interview. Give yourself an opportunity to ask additional questions and learn more about her.

Trial Days – Have your potential nanny spend some time with your child, whether a few hours, or a day or two. Observe the interaction.

CHECKING REFERENCES: What is important to know.

  • How was she with your child?
  • Was she prompt and reliable?
  • How was her relationship with the family?
  • Did she communicate?
  • Did she show good judgment?
  • Did she take initiative?
  • What kinds of activities did they do together?
  • Was she responsible for driving the children?
  • Were there any personal problems affecting her work?
  • Would you hire her again?

OFFERING THE JOB: Don’t delay! Good nannies are hard to find!

  • Be clear on hours, salary and duties.
  • What are your expectations? If you are planning on writing it all down, be prepared to be flexible.
  • Discuss holidays, vacations, sick days and overtime pay.
  • If the nanny will be using her car on the job, discuss reimbursements for gas, car insurance and mileage.
  • If you are going through an Agency, the Agency director will be able to negotiate the offer and express any concerns you or the nanny may have.


  • How will your nanny be paid?
    – Hourly?
    – Weekly?
    – Bymonthly?
  • How many hours will she work and for what salary?
  • Will you be paying taxes?

Once you and your nanny agree on the terms of employment, get off to a good start. The more information you can offer on how you like things done, the better equipped your nanny will be to meet your expectations. Have a weekly discussion to determine any areas that need to be clarified. Keep the lines of communication open.

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