Monday, November 7, 2016

Finding a nanny – Where do I even start?

by Lindsay Heller, PsyD

It’s time to start thinking about what your childcare situation is going to look like. As a new parent you may be feeling very anxious about this process.  Where should you even start? Ask a friend? Look online? Call an agency?

You may also be feeling scared when you think about leaving your child in someone else’s care.  These are all normal fears, and they can be alleviated by becoming more informed about the process and your options.

Process. Let’s highlight that word for a moment. This is a process for both you and your baby. As you learn more information and takes steps towards choosing the best care situation for you and your family, you will become more comfortable and at ease with your child being in the care of someone other than yourself. The most important thing to remember is have patience with this process. Avoid rushing this process so that you make good, informed decisions for your baby.

Did you know?
  • While it is good to learn about the process of hiring a nanny, you don’t need to actually start your search until 3-5 weeks of your nannies start date.
  • No one regulates nanny agencies. The best way to find a great agency is to go by referral, reputation and The Association for Premier Nanny Agencies
  • Nannies are employees and legally should be paid as such. No 1099s here!
  • You can trial your candidate before deciding to hire. A typical trial is anywhere between 4 hours and 5 days.

Educate yourself!
  • Sign-up for The Nanny Class at The Pump Station & Nurtury® – this class will educate you on everything you need to know to find the right nanny for your family.
  • Look online at resources to begin to get an idea of cost and types of nannies out there.
  • Become acquainted with agencies in Los Angeles, look online, talk to friends.
  • Learn about and utilize multiple layers of safety screenings: Always obtain a background check, current DMV record, call references, trial your candidate.

Dr. Lindsay Heller, Psy.D. is  a licensed clinical psychologist, professional nanny consultant known as The Nanny Doctor, mother of 2, former nanny and now an employer of a nanny. She teaches The Nanny Class where you will learn  invaluable tips and information about how to go about hiring a nanny including background checks, interview questions, and cost. Sign up here The Nanny Class