This is always a very difficult decision for a mom. You have been at home for thee months on maternity leave or maybe even longer and now its time to return to work. You are now tasked with finding someone that will love and care for your child the same way that you do.
So you have what you think is “ supper nanny “ sitting on the couch in front of you, and you are wondering what questions you should ask her to help you decide what makes her different from everyone else
These are some of the most advisable questions, but at the end of the day a mom always goes with her gut.
You are preparing a bottle of formula, do you put the water or formula in first ? surprising a lot of childminders think they should put the formula in first. Then how do you mix the formula ? So Basically how to prepare a bottle, someone who is fully trained and experience childminder should be able to give a full demonstration or explanation
Have you done a first aid course ? if she yes, present her with a scenario and ask her what she would do
What did you like about the last family you worked for ? not “ why did you leave ? “ that brings negativity rather listen to how positive she is, does she speak kindly of their children, does she glow when she speaks about them.
How would you stimulate my child? you want to see if she knows about age appropriate games and if she knows how to draw up a weekly schedule of activities involving arts and crafts,
outdoor play, good old traditional games, nursery rhymes and she should be using items in the home to do this.
How long do you want to work for my family ? ideally you want a long term relationship. Many childminders now go on to get drivers license’s and at a later stage become an Aupair for
the family. They drive the children around and run errands for the family.
What type of discipline will you use on my child ? You want to see if she understands the concept of time out. Best is to ask what type of discipline she used in previous homes.
When my baby is crying what will you do ? If your child is awake the best is to give your child to her hold in the interview, especially if she does start crying. Second to that is you want know what motions does she use for example, does she put the baby on her back, or rock the baby etc.
How many children have you taken care of at one time? most homes have 2 – 3 children now days. However there is often a domestic worker to help and the mom could also be at home to help. You want to understand how many she took care of totally on her own.
When changing a nappy which way do you wipe ? depending on whether you have a boy or a girl she should know a girl you wipe front to back to back. You could also ask her to change your child’s nappy during the interview to see how she does it.
Questions aside have conversation with the lady, you want to understand her and her lifestyle, where she comes from, her life story. How many children does she have, who looks after them, is she married, how often does she go home, are her parents still alive, does she have siblings, does she want to study anything ( they love to do courses if you offer to help better themselves it is the start to a good relationship ). You are judging her character at the end of the day, you can always train her on the smaller things that need polishing up.