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Hiring a nanny is an important task because you are asking someone to care for your most precious beings! If the job feels overwhelming to you, here are 11 questions to ask your potential nanny to get you started.

  1. Why do you want to be our nanny?
  2. Do you think there is a difference between a babysitter and a nanny?
  3. Do you have any professional development in childcare?
  4. Are you certified in CPR and basic first aid training?
  5. If I want you to do something with or for my children that you don’t personally agree with, how will you handle that situation?
  6. How many hours could you care for my child/children before you felt like you’d need a break?
  7. How will you feel most comfortable communicating to me about my child’s activities during the day? (ie- keeping a written log, texting or phone calls, or a sum up in person at the end of the day?)
  8. Will you do any additional household tasks? For example: meal prep, laundry, cleaning, setting up appointments, pet care, etc.
  9. If my child is sick, will you still be available for care?
  10. How will you deal with the real-life incidences of diaper blow-outs, vomiting, etc.?
  11. What standards will you keep when you are in public with my child? Do you think it’s okay to be texting and talking with friends or using social media when you’re at the park?

Questions you CANNOT ask (via care.com)

By law, you are not allowed to ask job applicants about the following:

  • Age
  • Race/ethnic background
  • Religious views
  • Sexual orientation
  • Marital status/plans on becoming pregnant
  • Disability
  • If he/she has been arrested

This is not an exhaustive list of everything you should ask a potential nanny, but it may give you a jump start. Let us know what other questions you’ve found to be helpful when interviewing care providers for your child.