Sue Scheff: Choosing the right Nanny for your family

How many families have nannies?  Have you considered hiring a nanny?  If so, there is a vast amount of research and investigative work that needs to be done, considering this person will be responsible for your child and their well-being.  

Hiring a stranger to care for your child or children can be difficult and cause apprehension. The anxiety level is understandably raised a notch when parents consider care by a nanny, however it is a growing trend and can be extremely beneficial to both the parents and the children.

An upcoming episode of Ghost Whisperer is portraying a nanny that is a potential threat to a child, however is it the nanny or the ghost that is haunting her?  This could be a lethal combination!  This nanny does have a dark past, but is it really her fault?  How can you find the perfect nanny for your family?

Tips for researching a nanny:

You should always ask for references when considering hiring a nanny, and be outright and ask any questions you feel appropriate, questions to ask could be:

  • How many years experience the nanny has had.
  • What age groups has the nanny worked with previously.
  • Where was the nanny last employed and did they give her a reference.
  • What was the reason for the nanny leaving the position.
  • Is the nanny qualified in first aid.
  • Would they be willing to be flexible in working hours.
  • How would they reprimand your child if it was needed.

Source:  Child Care Finders

In South Florida there is Crunch Care, A South Florida Nanny and Caregiver Referral Agency
where each client receives a custom solution based on their specific needs.

If you are in the Northeast, be sure to review American NannyAmerican Nanny Company has been serving families since 1984 and is considered one of the best in Boston.

Be an educated parent,  you will have safer and healthier children.  Read more.

Check out the Ghost Whisperer Says game! Similar to Simon Says, but haunted!