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into your home and sharing your family life with them. Your nanny will see your home at its messiest, will share in the chaos, will be witness to marriage tensions, and experience the emotions. Barriers can become blurry. Your nanny may become an extension of your family, and a brother, sister or mother figure to your children, but they are also an employee. Be clear on your family values, your beliefs, your parenting philosophies, your code of morals, and your way of life. You will want your nanny to be able to blend with these, if not align.

Be clear on your family values, your beliefs, your parenting philosophies, your code of morals, and your way of life.

experience will tell you of their job roles and duties, but an in person meeting will convey their experience in presenting themselves, in communicating openly and professionally, in negotiating job requirements, in bonding with your children, and adapting personality traits. Note, whilst experience and qualifications are always preferable, it’s not impossible to find an “inexperienced” applicant who meets all of your requirements, has the gift of the gab, the passion and the drive, the maturity, and the capability to learn quickly on the job. It’s also good to distinguish that age does not always determine superior experience. A younger nanny may have quantified their experience and in fact be more qualified for the role. In this case, when choosing the right nanny, go with your gut.

The Nanny’s Interests This is not always an obvious consideration, but can become a significant factor as to the successful long-term position within your family. If your requirements mean you need an after school nanny, you might be happy with a nanny who is also a university student working towards an alternate career path. If you need a nanny who’s purely a shuttle bus service, you might prioritise someone who has less hands-on experience with children, but whom has a perfect driving record and an uncanny ability with directions. If you’ve got a four year old readying for kindergarten, a nanny with a background in early learning, education or teaching might be preferable. Whereas if you need a full time nanny to care for multiple ages, including an infant or toddler, you will most likely want a nanny whose sole interest is in being a professional career nanny; someone who’s “all in.” Choosing the right nanny for your family can be an in-depth process, and in most cases it comes down to trial and error. You’ll also find that as your family dynamic grows, your ideals of the perfect nanny will evolve too. Drilling down on these five points during the advertising, interview and selection process will keep you on the right track to successfully find the right nanny for your family.

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Experience The nanny’s experience will tell you a lot about the kind of nanny they’ll be. However, it’s good to note that the experience conveyed through a resume won’t tell you everything. Even if you’ve shortlisted applicants to a small group, it’s best to meet with all of them. On paper

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