Hi, we are looking at having a nanny 1-2 days per week.
If you have one, where did you find her/him (service, website, referral etc)?
Also, what are the average hourly rates? Is it around $20-$30?
Is there anything we need to be aware of or consider when hiring a nanny?
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05-01-2015 12:08 #1Senior Member
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Using a nanny
06-01-2015 17:35 #2
06-01-2015 17:50 #3
We offered $20ph but paid $15 (as we agreed to supply her specific foods).
People lie. Even the references. We were not happy with ours. She did absolutely nothing- with the kids or the house. One day she only fed them dried seaweed for the entire day. I had been very clear about the need to cook for them, and not to ask if they are hungry as they will say no even when they are.
She also watched a LOT of diet programs on her laptop when she was supposed to be working.
1. get 3+ references, speak to them on the phone. If (s)he has only worked for certain people (i.e. they could be related to the nanny) be very wary...
2. First aid cert and working with childrens check- sight them, make sure they are originals or certified copies
3. Be very specific. Write out lists if necessary
4. Ask the candidate questions
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17-02-2015 08:01 #4Member
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findababysitter.com.au is a really good website I have spent several years working as a nanny and I met my first family on the findasbabysitter website, the family said that they had conducted 18 other interviews before mine and most of the candidates were terrible so you may need a lot of patience with this but the family's I have worked for have all been extremely happy and went on to recommend me to many others.
My advice is to look for someone that has had a lot of experience working in childcare centres or similar this is usually something you can't fake as far as references go and working in childcare centres is extremely educational.
Ask lots of questions during the interviews, ask what sort of activities your child will be doing with them, are they able to cook nutritious meals and clean up any mess made during the day, how do the go about handling behavioural issues, do they have a reliable car and good driving record etc. Make a list of the key tasks you will be expecting from the nanny and ask if they are comfortable with all of the duties expected of them. The nanny should be friendly, positive about all aspects of the interview and should have references, police checks, first aid and working with children check/blue card or the card relevant to your state.
I recommend having your child present at the interview so that you can see how the nanny interacts with your child.
When you do find a nanny you like it's a great idea to have her come by for a trial you could have her come in for a few days or a week with you present this will give you an opportunity to see if she is the right nanny for you, and it will give her the opportunity to learn your day to day routine, it will also give the nanny and child a chance to get to know each other with you present which should help with any separation anxiety, it is also nice to know you are not leaving your child with a complete stranger.
There are a lot of nannies out there and they all charge different amounts but I like to think you get what you pay for, I would suggest $25-$30 an hour depending on experience. There may be good nannies out there charging less, you can leave write pay negotiable on findasbabysitter and just go by the price each individual nanny is charging (this will be displayed on their profile)
If you are still nervous once you have hired the nanny I would suggest nanny cams, I'm not sure if the families I worked for used them but I would completely understand if they did.
Sorry that was such a novel, I got a little carried away......
Good luck, I hope you find an amazing nanny!!
17-02-2015 12:17 #5
On nanny cams, check your state laws.
Such placement of Covert Surveillance cameras (while a grey area in residential homes) comes under the NSW Workplace Surveillance Act 1988, which deals with the use of covert surveillance cameras in the workplace. An application to a local Court should be made and a ‘Covert Surveillance Authority’ needs to be secured before covert cameras can be installed. Even when a successful application is issued by a Court, the employer is generally required to tell the employee/s that they would be under video surveillance in the workplace.
While the home is a private residence the owner is the employer of the carer and therefore required to comply with the Workplace Video Surveillance Act 1998 (NSW). The use of a Nanny-cam in a private residence requires the employee to be made aware, prior to commencement of employment, that surveillance of the workplace is being conducted and that his or her activities will be monitored by surveillance cameras.
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