Monthly Archives: August 2010

Hiring a Nanny for Multiples

Conducting a nanny search can be a stressful and daunting process. Finding a nanny for twins or triplets is even more challenging. When sourcing and recruiting for a family there are several screening issues that need to be addressed. As with any employment recruitment, it is important to assess the candidate’s commitment to past positions, reliability, communication skills and organizational ability. When interviewing a nanny it is also important to properly assess the applicant’s childcare knowledge (safety, creativity, disciple, nutrition etc) When interviewing nannies to work for a family with twins or triplets there are specific screening issues that need to be addressed.

The successful candidate should have formal childcare training and/or many years of experience (several of which should be with multiples) They should also be very patient flexible, organized and have excellent communication skills.
Written and oral communication skills and organizational ability are some of the most important skills to access when screening a nanny to care for infant twins or triplets. One of the challenges when caring for multiples is developing and following an efficient routine. It is also important to maintain an inventory of supplies in various locations throughout the house. The caregiver must be very organized and capable of keeping a journal.
Triplets are usually born premature and may have some health issues. They may spend some time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit after birth. Because of this, it is often necessary to hire someone with a nursing background or extensive first aid training
As the children get older and more independent the job becomes a little easier. They play together and entertain themselves. Because they do everything at the same time and are at the same developmental stage it is easy for caregiver to plan activities throughout the day. Caring for twins or triplets is a lot of work no doubt about it, but it is also a lot fun!