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How to Hire a Nanny

Get the little ones into good hands with these valuable nanny-finder tips.


  • Step 1: Figure out your needs Determine your needs and the kind of person you want. There are many nannies, certified and uncertified, young and old, experienced and new.
  • TIP: Search the International Nanny Association and the Alliance of Professional Nanny Agencies or a nanny training program on the internet.
  • Step 2: Interview your nanny Interview your nanny without the presence of your children.
  • Step 3: Interview with your family Invite the candidate to your home for a longer meeting with your children.
  • Step 4: Call references Call all of the candidate’s references, and ask specific questions.
  • TIP: Contact a private security company or nanny agency that provides nanny screenings if you are hesitant about your candidate.
  • Step 5: Offer the job Give the nanny a written offer with the job description and compensation clearly outlined.
  • FACT: Did you know? The history of the nanny can be traced to the 19th century when they were called nurses. Nannies had more power and responsibility than they do today.

You Will Need

  • A phone
  • A list of questions
  • References
  • Internet access (optional) (optional) (optional)

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