Experience: Look for a nanny who has taken care of children before. She doesn't necessarily have to have many years of experience, but she should know what she's doing.
Why did you
decide to become a nanny?
How long have you been a nanny?
How old were the other children you cared for?
Do you have any formal early childhood development or childcare training?
Do you have CPR and First-aide training?
CPR: Yes / No
First-aid: Yes / No
What would you do if my child is sick or has had an accident?
Philosophy / Approach: It's important to find out a nanny's philosophy on childrearing so you know how she'll care for your child. Make sure her beliefs are in line with yours so that the arrangement will be successful. Ask each candidate why she's a nanny and what she likes about the job — you need to know that she's in the field for all the right reasons, and that she enjoys children and finds being a nanny a challenge she'll gladly take on.
What do you like about being a nanny?
What about being a nanny could you do without?
What are your beliefs about childrearing?
How do you discipline children?
How do you comfort children?
What will my child be doing on any given day?
Logistics: Find out if the nanny is available to work when you need her. If you meet someone you like and are flexible on the start date, let her know.
Why are you looking for a new job?
What are some of the rules you've followed in other households that you think work well?
Which rules don't work for you?
Describe your ideal family / employer:
Do you have any pet peeves about parents / children?
Do you want a live-in arrangement? Yes / No
Are you willing to do any light chores while our baby is sleeping? Which ones?
When can you start working?
Will you ever be available to work evenings or weekends?
Will you be available to travel with our family for weekends / vacations?
Salary: Nannies usually charge somewhere between $300 and $700 per week (or about $7 an hour), depending on where you live and how many hours she works.
What is your salary range?
Additional considerations: While she's in your home, give each candidate a chance to spend some time with your child. Does she seem attentive? How does your child interact with her? Your observations matter a great deal when you finally make your choice. It may help to take a moment to ask yourself the following questions.
Does she seem comfortable holding or speaking to your child?
Was she pleasant? Yes / No
While you're at work, will you feel at ease knowing your child is at home with her? Yes / No
References: Ask each nanny you're considering for a list of past and present references, and call them. Ask specific questions (don't ask whether they liked the nanny; ask what exactly they liked about her and what they didn't).
Could you recommend
families I can call for references?