Whether you have changed your mind about being a stay-at-home mum or you have always had an eye for business and your only relatives have now moved too far away, or if you just need a little bit of extra help around the house, there could be any number of reasons you need a nanny. Choosing the perfect nanny for your children can be a lengthy process, particularly if you have a strict set of rules and specifications, but it will be extremely useful in the end.
Many people looking at choosing a nanny for the first time go through a certified nanny agency, where they can view potential candidates and conduct interviews in a location of their choice. Read on to find out 4 ways in which a Nanny Agency could really help your search for a qualified nanny to look after your children and help around the house.
- Certified Vetting Procedures All Nannies are Reference Checked and CRB Checked
You obviously want to make sure that your kids are in safe hands. By going through a nanny agency, you can make sure that all nannies are properly CRB checked and have the right qualifications needed to be able to deal with any number of situations. Weve all heard the horror stories, but if you take your time and do detailed searches in choosing your nanny, there should be no issue.
Remember to trust your gut! If you dont feel as if the nanny sitting in front of you is right for you and your child, go with someone else. There shouldnt be a situation where you need a nanny desperately, as choosing a nanny should take some time. These experts are going to be looking after your children, after all, so you want to make absolutely sure that they are right for both you and your family.
- Local Agencies will be Able to Match a Nanny to your child
One of the other benefits of going through a local agency is that they help you to choose a nanny to suit your child. Like every individual, both nannies and children have their own likes and dislikes, hobbies and interests, so some people are more likely to get along better with your child than others. It is important that your children feel safe with their chosen nanny, as you dont want to be leaving them with someone they distrust or dislike.
Think of the Nanny as a substitute parent for the time being. Consider who you would pick if you had to leave your children to someone else, indefinitely. If neither you not your child is sure about the current nanny, then you need to look elsewhere. Local agencies will be able to match your time scale and hobbies with that of the nanny to give you the highest chance of finding a good match.
- Professional Assistance when you need it most
If you find a nanny independently, you may be able to avoid certain licensing fees but you may not have the support you need if anything goes wrong. By going through an agency you have the insurance provided by that agency to ensure that you are properly covered just in case something ever does happen. It is very rare that an agency picks the wrong nanny for a child, but if it does happen, you will be able to use the agency to find a more suitable nanny.
In the case where a nanny may file a claim against his or her family, it is the responsibility of the agency to make sure that claim is properly investigated before coming to a conclusion. If you have been ill accused of wrongdoing, the agency should be able to back you up on any claims and you will often have the professional support needed to clear everything up.
- Ideal for working situations where Family cannot look after the child
Last but not least, a nanny in and of themselves is infinitely useful when you are a full time working parent or couple and you have no nearby relatives who can look after the child. You can also choose from a wide range of different nannies, such as stay at home nannies, nannies who help you while on holidays and short term nannies. Where stated in their contracts, a nanny can also help around the house in order to help reduce your workload and stress.
A nanny isnt just a glorified babysitter designed to look after your kids. A nanny can help in a number of ways and, if picked correctly, can grow to become a well-liked and trusted member of the household, almost like a family member. If possible you will want to choose a professional and suitable nanny while your children are quite young, so that they will grow and learn with the nanny. Try not to switch nannies too often as children need to form attachments and will become uninvolved if they feel you keep changing who looks after them. It works in very much the same way as moving house or moving school. Children need stability and consistency and a nanny should be able to provide that, as well as helping reduce stress on your end at the same time!
Article provided by Mike James, an independent content writer working with London based nanny and childcare specialist Harmony at Home, who were consulted over this post.