There are online sites and several nanny groups where people living in California can find a nanny. The best place, however, to find a caregiver will be through a nanny service agency that trains caregivers and help them find jobs. For those who prefer to look for a nanny without using the nanny service agencies, below are steps to follow.
Do not get a nanny to solve a current need. Avoid getting a nanny who insists she is only interested in working for a short time. You want a nanny that will stay long, without having to change them after every few months. A good nanny will stick around and help in bring up the child right from birth, sit, crawl, walk, and other stages of life. Get a nanny who will care for the entire family and not the kids only.
By word of mouth, share with your friends that you need a nanny or your previous caregivers. Prepare for the interview with a list of valid questions that you would want to ask. Be sure to ask the interviewee if she has any past criminal record and the years she has worked as a caregiver. Try to ask some of the unexpected questions. Just like any other career interview, ask an unexpected question, and out of the blues. Some of the questions to ask are what the caregiver would do in case of emergency. Observe how she answers some of the questions to be able to know whether she will be good with the kids. Discuss about the salary issue and let her state her expectations and table your offer too.
After you get a nanny of your choice, conduct a background check, even before she starts working. Referees in her CV will be in a position to give information regarding their experience with the caregiver. Do a family background check to know more of the person you will be entrusting your kids with. Know where the nanny comes from. Find out from the next of kin if the nanny has been allowed to work, especially if she is married. Check for sites that conduct background checks for caregivers at a fee.
Let the nanny sign a contract detailing all the terms before she starts working. It is good to have it verified and endorsed by your attorney.
Discuss various policies such as weekly off days, sick off, annual leave, vacation days, etc. If you will be providing other benefits such as bonuses, inform the nanny. When the nanny starts the job, put forward your expectations.
Inform her of what she should and should not do. Conduct an induction training and teach her how to use various equipment, and ensure she meets everyone in the family to enable her feel welcomed and comfortable. Emphasis on the working hours especially if the nanny does not leave with you and reports every day in the morning. If you find it right, have a nanny cam in the house.