Archive for July 2010

What should I ask when I interview a nanny?

I have noticed that lately many parents are asking which questions are appropriate to ask when interviewing a nanny for a permanent position. Whether full-time or part time, TLC for Kids recommends first asking work related questions:

* Why do you want to be a nanny?

* What length of stay or commitment are you looking for?

* What childcare jobs have you held?

* What was your last job? Tell me about what you did.

* How long were you there?

* Why did you leave your last position?

* Tell me about your childcare experience?

* What are your strong points when working with children?

* What do you feel are the most important characteristics in a nanny?

* How do you react when you are upset with a child?

* How would you help my children learn?

* What characteristics are you looking for in a family?

* How do you feel about combining housework with childcare?

* What difficulties have you faced and how did you resolve them?

* What are your salary and benefit requirements?

* Ask for childcare employers’ references.
Stay tuned for Childcare related questions to ask! Also, I am always interested in St. Louis’ families who have different questions that they feel are important.
Good luck, and I welcome your feedback too!
Jessica

Nanny Interview Questions

I have noticed that lately many parents are asking which questions are appropriate to ask when interviewing a nanny for a permanent position. Whether full-time or part time, TLC for Kids recommends first asking work related questions:

* Why do you want to be a nanny?

* What length of stay or commitment are you looking for?

* What childcare jobs have you held?

* What was your last job? Tell me about what you did.

* How long were you there?

* Why did you leave your last position?

* Tell me about your childcare experience?

* What are your strong points when working with children?

* What do you feel are the most important characteristics in a nanny?

* How do you react when you are upset with a child?

* How would you help my children learn?

* What characteristics are you looking for in a family?

* How do you feel about combining housework with childcare?

* What difficulties have you faced and how did you resolve them?

* What are your salary and benefit requirements?

* Ask for childcare employers’ references.
Stay tuned for Childcare related questions to ask! Also, I am always interested in St. Louis’ families who have different questions that they feel are important.
Good luck!

TLC Nannies take advantage of Playgroups, Playdates!

Recently I was on the phone with a TLC nanny who has been working in University City for about two years and has been meeting another nanny at the park for about the same time. They met at the park and discovered that not only did they both go through TLC to find their jobs, but the children they take care of are about the same age. The nanny I spoke with loves the weekly playdate as do the children. Not only does she get out into the community, but she also is able to share ideas and experiences with the other nanny. This fall, they foursome will head over to the library for story hour, Gymboree and other fun activities that the kids (and nannies) will get to share!
If you are a nanny and looking for another great nanny to get together with, let me know. I would be happy to help you! Be sure to talk to your employer and feel free to email me. Thanks Jessica – email: jessica@tlcforkids.com

Nanny agencies work for both nannies and families!

 In 2009 the International Nanny Association polled almost 600 nannies to obtain results for the 2010 Nanny Salary and Benefits Survey.  I found some interesting results and wanted to share! These results are based on nannies have reported for 2009.  Out of all of the nannies who were asked almost 50% found their current positions through a local nanny agency.  Another large percentage of nannies  found their job through word of mouth and referrals, which includes nannies referring their friends to an agency.

These responses made all of us at TLC feel great!  

We are here to make sure that both nannies and families feel confident and happy working with our agency to find employment and childcare.  

Just like families, working with an agency really can help a nanny feel more safe and secure when meeting a family and interviewing for a position.  

As placement counselor, I’ve heard my fair share of encounters nannies and families have shared with me about finding each other on their own and while they are usually funny, an agency can help eliminate a lot of the guess and uneasiness work for both parties!

Jessica F.