Questions to Ask When Hiring a Nanny

What questions do you ask in a nanny interview?

We at Elite Nannies know how difficult it is to find a Nanny that is a great match for a Family and their children.  We take much pride in our due diligence in our screening process.  As with any hiring process, the Families who are looking for that right fit need to as well participate in screening which nanny may be the best fit for their little ones.  Here are some sample questions you may want to ask when it comes time to have to interview nannies and deciding if they should be the one coming into your home and caring for your child.  Once you have made your decision as to whom you like, you should always do a trial day.   Trials are a good way to truly find out how the nanny will interact with you and your child/children. It will also reaffirm your decision whether to hire, or to not.  We strongly recommend background checks also.  Please feel free to contact us if you have any other questions regarding our services and screening process or if you just would like some guidance on your own personal nanny search.  We can be reached at  (754) 332-6644

Questions About Being a Nanny

Why do you want to be a nanny or why did you choose to become a nanny?

What do you think the difference is between a babysitter and a nanny?

What qualities do you think are important in a nanny?

What kind of professional development in childcare do you have?

Do you have CPR certification or first aid training?

How is your driving record? Have you had any accidents and if so, please describe.

What appeals to you about taking care of children in their own home (vs. a day care center or your home)?

During the hours my children are in school, what do you consider your role and responsibilities to be?

How do you see a nanny’s role changing as the children get older?

What do you want from me as a potential employer? What are you looking for in an employer?

How are you at voicing your concerns about unexpected issues that may arise? Are you able to do this, or do you tend to defer to the parents?

How would you feel if I brought up an issue with the children and I felt very strongly that I wanted it handled a certain way? In other words, if I couldn’t see a way to compromise on an issue, do you think you could work with that?

Are you willing to do occasional overnight stays with the children?

Are you willing to stay with the children for a week or more if we (the parents) go out of town?

What do you see as a nanny’s responsibilities when traveling with the family?

How would you find ways to be helpful when traveling with children? What would you pack in a carry-on for children for a long plane flight?

When do you think it would be appropriate for a nanny to sleep during a child’s nap? To make personal phone calls during work?

Would you be willing to sign a confidentiality clause? What does confidentiality mean to you?

 

Questions on the Nanny’s Views on Child Rearing and Discipline Style

In a nutshell, what is your overall child rearing philosophy?

What child development books/authors do you like?

What is your view on nutrition for children?

What is your general philosophy on etiquette for children?

What is your basic philosophy on discipline?

What is your opinion on spanking?

How do you feel about imaginative play that includes the use of toy guns as props?

What would you do if my child bit another child? What would you do if my child bit you?

What would you do if my child hit or hurt another child? What would you do if my child hit or hurt you?

How would you handle it if my child lied to you?

Do you feel comfortable arranging play dates? How would you go about setting them up?

 

Questions About the Nanny’s Experience

Describe your childcare experiences and why they ended.

How many children have you cared for at a time in your previous positions?

What were the pros and cons to caring for different numbers of children?

What would your references say about you?

What were the best parts of your previous jobs?

What do you find to be the most challenging part of working with children?

What was your worst experience when caring for a child and how did you resolve it?

What was your worst experience with a family and how did you resolve it?

Can you tell me about the most difficult child/family/ parent you worked with?

Have you ever had to handle an emergency? If so, what happened and what action did you take?

How many hours at a time are you used to caring for a child? What would be the maximum number of hours you could care for a child before needing a break?

How do you like to communicate with your employer about the child’s day? Do you use a log? Talk about the day in person? Make phone calls throughout the day?

What additional household responsibilities are you comfortable taking on as a nanny? For example: meal prep, laundry, cleaning, setting up appointments, pet care, etc.

Would you care for a sick child?

What would you do if a child made a real mess with diapers, vomiting, etc.?

How would you keep my child safe out in public?

How would you keep my child safe at home?

How do you handle stopping at the gas station, bank or convenience store for a quick errand when you have children in the car? What is your rule for the children being able to stay in the car?

If you work at home, ask this: Have you ever worked for parents who work at home? Are you comfortable with that? What pros and cons do you see working for WAH parents?

 

Age Group-Appropriate Questions

Newborn to age 1

How do you handle a crying baby?

What would you do if the baby won’t stop crying?

How long do you think a baby should be left to cry?

How long do you think a newborn should be left before being fed?

How long do you think a newborn should be held?

What about rocking to sleep?

What methods do you like to use to help a baby learn to sleep through the night?

Do you know baby massage?

What would you do to encourage the baby to bond to you?

Children 1 to 2 years old

What do you think is your primary responsibility to a child this age?

What activities would you engage in with a child this age?

How much television do you think is appropriate for this age? What kinds of shows?

What is your general philosophy on discipline at this age?

How would you handle the following: throwing things or tearing books.

If our child wanted to play/read/etc while you were cleaning up something, what would you do?

How would you handle a temper tantrum in a grocery store? In our home?

What is your philosophy on letting children explore their surroundings?

What would you do to encourage the child to bond to you?

Children 2 to 3 years old

What role should outdoor play and interaction with other toddlers have in a child’s day?

What types of educational activities would you engage a child this age in?

How much television do you think is appropriate for this age? What kinds of shows?

What indoor/rainy day activities would you engage a child this age in?

What is your general philosophy on discipline at this age?

How would you handle a temper tantrum in a grocery store? In our home?

How do you feel toilet training should be approached?

What would you do to encourage the child to bond to you?

Children 3 to 5 years old

What methods of limit setting or discipline do you find effective for this age?

What types of educational activities would you engage a child this age in?

What is your opinion on preschool for children this age?

What television shows do you feel are appropriate for this age child?

Are you willing to supervise playtime with other children in our home and/or take our child to gymnastics/activity groups, which may or may not require your active participation?

How would you handle it if you walked in on our 4-5yr old and a playmate playing without clothing on?

Children 5 to 12 years old

What are your feelings about outdoor play without direct supervision (i.e., the child is outside and the caregiver is in the house with a younger
child)?

Are you comfortable reviewing and assisting with homework?

Are you willing to supervise friends of our child who are invited to our home while you are in charge?

When children are in school, how many extra-curricular activities per week do you think is appropriate for them? What kinds of activities would you suggest for different age groups?

Personal Questions

How do you think your closest friends would describe you and your personality?

Tell me whatever you feel comfortable sharing about your childhood and your current relationship with your family.

What do you like to do in your free time?

What books do you enjoy reading?

Do you smoke, drink, use drugs, or swear a lot?

So… Your Final Question

Why are you interested in this job? (Asked again at the end. Because now the nanny knows the job and family and if she is still interested, she can really make her best case at this point.)

 

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/helen-moon/

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Questions to Ask When Hiring a Nanny

What questions do you ask in a nanny interview?

We at Elite Nannies know how difficult it is to find a Nanny that is a great match for a Family and their children.  We take much pride in our due diligence in our screening process.  As with any hiring process, the Families who are looking for that right fit need to as well participate in screening which nanny may be the best fit for their little ones.  Here are some sample questions you may want to ask when it comes time to have to interview nannies and deciding if they should be the one coming into your home and caring for your child.  Once you have made your decision as to whom you like, you should always do a trial day.   Trials are a good way to truly find out how the nanny will interact with you and your child/children. It will also reaffirm your decision whether to hire, or to not.  We strongly recommend background checks also.  Please feel free to contact us if you have any other questions regarding our services and screening process or if you just would like some guidance on your own personal nanny search.  We can be reached at  (754) 332-6644

Questions About Being a Nanny

Why do you want to be a nanny or why did you choose to become a nanny?

What do you think the difference is between a babysitter and a nanny?

What qualities do you think are important in a nanny?

What kind of professional development in childcare do you have?

Do you have CPR certification or first aid training?

How is your driving record? Have you had any accidents and if so, please describe.

What appeals to you about taking care of children in their own home (vs. a day care center or your home)?

During the hours my children are in school, what do you consider your role and responsibilities to be?

How do you see a nanny’s role changing as the children get older?

What do you want from me as a potential employer? What are you looking for in an employer?

How are you at voicing your concerns about unexpected issues that may arise? Are you able to do this, or do you tend to defer to the parents?

How would you feel if I brought up an issue with the children and I felt very strongly that I wanted it handled a certain way? In other words, if I couldn’t see a way to compromise on an issue, do you think you could work with that?

Are you willing to do occasional overnight stays with the children?

Are you willing to stay with the children for a week or more if we (the parents) go out of town?

What do you see as a nanny’s responsibilities when traveling with the family?

How would you find ways to be helpful when traveling with children? What would you pack in a carry-on for children for a long plane flight?

When do you think it would be appropriate for a nanny to sleep during a child’s nap? To make personal phone calls during work?

Would you be willing to sign a confidentiality clause? What does confidentiality mean to you?

 

Questions on the Nanny’s Views on Child Rearing and Discipline Style

In a nutshell, what is your overall child rearing philosophy?

What child development books/authors do you like?

What is your view on nutrition for children?

What is your general philosophy on etiquette for children?

What is your basic philosophy on discipline?

What is your opinion on spanking?

How do you feel about imaginative play that includes the use of toy guns as props?

What would you do if my child bit another child? What would you do if my child bit you?

What would you do if my child hit or hurt another child? What would you do if my child hit or hurt you?

How would you handle it if my child lied to you?

Do you feel comfortable arranging play dates? How would you go about setting them up?

 

Questions About the Nanny’s Experience

Describe your childcare experiences and why they ended.

How many children have you cared for at a time in your previous positions?

What were the pros and cons to caring for different numbers of children?

What would your references say about you?

What were the best parts of your previous jobs?

What do you find to be the most challenging part of working with children?

What was your worst experience when caring for a child and how did you resolve it?

What was your worst experience with a family and how did you resolve it?

Can you tell me about the most difficult child/family/ parent you worked with?

Have you ever had to handle an emergency? If so, what happened and what action did you take?

How many hours at a time are you used to caring for a child? What would be the maximum number of hours you could care for a child before needing a break?

How do you like to communicate with your employer about the child’s day? Do you use a log? Talk about the day in person? Make phone calls throughout the day?

What additional household responsibilities are you comfortable taking on as a nanny? For example: meal prep, laundry, cleaning, setting up appointments, pet care, etc.

Would you care for a sick child?

What would you do if a child made a real mess with diapers, vomiting, etc.?

How would you keep my child safe out in public?

How would you keep my child safe at home?

How do you handle stopping at the gas station, bank or convenience store for a quick errand when you have children in the car? What is your rule for the children being able to stay in the car?

If you work at home, ask this: Have you ever worked for parents who work at home? Are you comfortable with that? What pros and cons do you see working for WAH parents?

 

Age Group-Appropriate Questions

Newborn to age 1

How do you handle a crying baby?

What would you do if the baby won’t stop crying?

How long do you think a baby should be left to cry?

How long do you think a newborn should be left before being fed?

How long do you think a newborn should be held?

What about rocking to sleep?

What methods do you like to use to help a baby learn to sleep through the night?

Do you know baby massage?

What would you do to encourage the baby to bond to you?

Children 1 to 2 years old

What do you think is your primary responsibility to a child this age?

What activities would you engage in with a child this age?

How much television do you think is appropriate for this age? What kinds of shows?

What is your general philosophy on discipline at this age?

How would you handle the following: throwing things or tearing books.

If our child wanted to play/read/etc while you were cleaning up something, what would you do?

How would you handle a temper tantrum in a grocery store? In our home?

What is your philosophy on letting children explore their surroundings?

What would you do to encourage the child to bond to you?

Children 2 to 3 years old

What role should outdoor play and interaction with other toddlers have in a child’s day?

What types of educational activities would you engage a child this age in?

How much television do you think is appropriate for this age? What kinds of shows?

What indoor/rainy day activities would you engage a child this age in?

What is your general philosophy on discipline at this age?

How would you handle a temper tantrum in a grocery store? In our home?

How do you feel toilet training should be approached?

What would you do to encourage the child to bond to you?

Children 3 to 5 years old

What methods of limit setting or discipline do you find effective for this age?

What types of educational activities would you engage a child this age in?

What is your opinion on preschool for children this age?

What television shows do you feel are appropriate for this age child?

Are you willing to supervise playtime with other children in our home and/or take our child to gymnastics/activity groups, which may or may not require your active participation?

How would you handle it if you walked in on our 4-5yr old and a playmate playing without clothing on?

Children 5 to 12 years old

What are your feelings about outdoor play without direct supervision (i.e., the child is outside and the caregiver is in the house with a younger
child)?

Are you comfortable reviewing and assisting with homework?

Are you willing to supervise friends of our child who are invited to our home while you are in charge?

When children are in school, how many extra-curricular activities per week do you think is appropriate for them? What kinds of activities would you suggest for different age groups?

Personal Questions

How do you think your closest friends would describe you and your personality?

Tell me whatever you feel comfortable sharing about your childhood and your current relationship with your family.

What do you like to do in your free time?

What books do you enjoy reading?

Do you smoke, drink, use drugs, or swear a lot?

So… Your Final Question

Why are you interested in this job? (Asked again at the end. Because now the nanny knows the job and family and if she is still interested, she can really make her best case at this point.)

 

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/helen-moon/

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