Finding your perfect caregiver: How to choose a good nanny service

Today’s modern family is busy, hardworking and spread pretty thin. Many of us need some extra help now and then, especially when it comes to childcare. Finding the right nanny is one of the most important choices a family can make. Choosing the right person will benefit your children, the dynamic of your house and your sanity. Choosing the right nanny service is a key first step toward finding the right person to add to your family.

If you are a busy family trying to make ends meet an online company is probably your best bet. Signing up on an employment website is relatively inexpensive (around $60) and will give you access to lots of people you wouldn’t have been able to find on free websites like Craigslist. Online employment databases also offer extensive profiles that give you way more information than Craigslist or Kijiji ads.

If your family has more money to work with you may be able to afford to hire a human resources specialist ($1000-$1500) to help you find the perfect employee. This option is more expensive but worth every penny if you would prefer to leave the work of sifting through hundreds of potential employers to a professional. Human resource professionals working for good nanny service will also have a “nanny network” to draw from when finding you a nanny. This is a super valuable resource that can’t be found on online.

But it’s about more than money. Remember to be patient. Don’t rush into a hasty agreement because you need childcare immediately. Hold out for the right fit and be clear about your expectations. Spending lots of time writing up your online profiles, or application forms for nanny services, will give your potential employees a clear idea about what you expect. It will also help you decide what role this person will play in your family.

Good luck and remember, be patient… the right person is just an email away.