When you are a parent your most prized possessions are your children. You not only need to show them all the love in the world and make sure they are fed and took care of you are also responsible to keep them protected and safe. So when you have to leave them with a nanny it is important that you know everything there is to know about the person going to be taking care of them. This article will tell you how to check a nanny background like a pro.
When you find a nanny that you are interested in you need to do a thorough background check. Just because the person looks nice and talks a good game does not mean they are who they say they are. The first thing you need to do is ask the person if you have permission to do a background check on them. If they are hesitant then you need to move on to the next person. If they agree then get it in writing.
How to do a background check on a nanny
First of all, check the references that they have provided for you. Have a list of questions that you want to ask. Do not be afraid to ask anything. These are your children and you have a right to know everything about the nanny. Listen to the person that you are talking to. See if they sound hesitant about talking about the nanny. Ask them if they know of any other families that the nanny has worked for. They may have left out a family for a reason.
Check the nanny’s social security number. This is a great way to find out where a person has worked and lived at. It is a great way to verify if the nanny is being honest with what they have told you.
Do criminal backgrounds check! These are only good for the state that the person is residing in. if the person has lived in other states you may need to do more than one background check.
Also, check their driver’s license. You can find out how many tickets and so on they have on their license. This can give you a clue on to what kind of person they are.
If all this is too much for you to handle, use one of the several online background check services. Also remember that if you intend using a nanny camera, ask the nanny if they are comfortable with a nanny cam watching their every move in the house… that can also be a good indication on what the nanny answers.
Remember this key piece of advice: if you are in doubt then do not hire that nanny. Our instincts as parents are usually correct. But make sure to check out every possible candidate as best as you can.