Hiring a nanny is an important decision and one that should be given a lot of thought. When hiring a nanny you are finding someone whose primary responsibility is the care and nurturing of your young children. This is a person from whom your children will grow to love and respect. You and your children should feel comfortable with and accept this person as part of your home environment.
Listed below are some capabilities TLC for Kids recommends families should look for when hiring a nanny:
* provides safety and security by establishing a routine and consistency
* knows about nutrition and first aid
* knows the proper handling of an infant for feeding, bathing, dressing, and holding
* knows how to recognize illness in your children
* understands your children’s development stages and “phases”
* plans learning activities
TLC for Kids has been helping St. Louis families hire nannies for over thirty years. Our expert placement counselors will guide you through the hiring process. To learn more about hiring a TLC for Kids nanny visit our website or give us a call at 314-725-5660.
If you are looking for a nanny in South Florida call our Miami office at 305-256-5905.
Congratulations! You’ve secured an interview for a great nanny job. The interview with the family is your opportunity to shine! Be sure to leave 10-15 minutes earlier than planned and arrive with a smile. Show immediate interest in the child(ren). Don’t forget they are why you are there! Read below for more nanny interview Do’s and Don’ts.
DO: Arrive on time and prepared for the interview. Leave 10-15 minutes earlier than planned in case there is traffic or an accident. Know the children’s names, ages, school arrangements, etc. Also have a list of prepared questions to ask during the interview.
Do: Have a resume or nanny portfolio to refer to while discussing your experience. Being able to show a family your past experience and relate back to it during the interview helps the family see your abilities. If you don’t have a resume or portfolio bring along a list of references names and numbers and/or letters of recommendation.
DO: Make sure you have a clear understanding the responsibilities of the position. This will help you relate your skills and accomplishments to the position, even if you come from another field.
Do: Use good eye contact and proper speech. Good eye contact indicates confidence. Proper speech helps us communicate better and teach children good verbal skills.
Do: Turn off your cell phone. You should always remember to turn off your phone before an interview. A ringing, beeping or vibrating phone during an interview is very distracting to everyone. If possible leave it in the car.
Do: Know the next step. At the end of the interview ask when you will hear back from them and if they need any additional information from you.
Don’t: Bring up your salary right away. Let the family get to know you and all you have to offer before you tell them your salary requirements. If the employer brings it up you can give them a salary range. You should avoid expressing a figure until you know that an offer has been extended.
Don’t: Underdress for the interview. You can show respect to the family by wearing proper attire. Wear nice slacks or a casual dress with appropriate shoes. If you want to wear jewelry keep it small. Remember kids grab for things and are sensitive to smells.
Don’t: Bring a friend to the interview. A nanny should always come to the interview by themselves. If you are unsure of the location or length of the drive they can practice before. Calling for a ride at the end of the interview can be very awkward for everyone.
Don’t: Talk negatively. Do not talk negatively about previous jobs, employers or kids you have taken care of. If they ask you why a previous job ended give them a brief and truthful answer without sounding negative.
TLC for Kids has great part time and full time jobs available now. If you are looking for a rewarding job working with kids please apply with us today! Visit our website to learn more or call us at 314-725-5660.
The more prepared you are for the interview, the more you will shine. Below is a list of some questions that a family may ask you. Review the list before the interview and have a honest answer prepared.
1. Why do you want to be a nanny?
2. What do you feel are the most important characteristics a nanny should possess?
3. Tell me about childcare experience?
4. What do you think are your strong points in working with children?
5. What do you see yourself doing in five years?
6. How would your best friend describe you?
7. What are your hobbies or interests?
8. What salary and benefits are you requiring?
9. What are you looking for in a family?
10. How long can you commit to a position?
TLC for Kids has full time, part time and temporary nanny jobs available. To learn more about our job openings visit our website!
Everyone at TLC for Kids is so happy to help families find great childcare. Read what happened to Adriana, our Nanny Placement Counselor in Florida, the other day.
“The funniest thing happened to me the other day while I was getting my hair cut at a salon in Coral Gables, Fl. While I was talking to the hairdresser, she asked me what I do for work. I told her I hire and help place nannies with families all over South Florida and we often placed nannies in the Coral Gables area. She mentioned that there were a lot of families with children living in the apartment building the salon was located in. She said she often sees a pair of twins in the building with their nanny and began talking about how cute they were. When she described the nanny and the kids, I realized it was a TLC nanny! One of our nannies had been placed to work with twins in that building!
She went on to tell me how the kids always seemed to be having such a great time with the nanny. The nanny also seems to be happy, and that she could tell they had a very close and happy relationship.
I am so glad to know that here at TLC we are making a difference for the families in this community by providing quality childcare!