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Questions to ask your Nanny / Aupair

  • What is your family situation?
  • What are your child –care and first aid qualifications?
  • How do you feel about me working from home or popping in any time?
  • Why do you like children? (this often flushes out those who don’t, and is subtly different from “ what do you like about looking after children/”
  • What are your strengths?
  • Why did you leave your last three jobs?
  • What are some of the things you would do with a child of this age?
  • Do you have a philosophy or approach to child care?
  • What are your feelings on setting boundaries and discipline?
  • What are the bad things about the job?
  • What are the worst kinds of parents to work for?
  • The baby has been crying for an hour and nothing seems to work, what do you do?
  • The baby vomits a feed, feels very hot, falls asleep and you can’t wake them up. You can’t contact the parents. What do you do? ( right answer: call an ambulance)
  • I ask you to do something a certain way and you think it’s the wrong way. What do you do?
  • How much notice do you want to give for holidays? And how much notice should we give for our holidays without you?
  • Can my toddler or preschooler call me to come home, or to come and get them, or for a chat any time on your mobile if needs be and I will call back or reimburse you for the call?
  • Do you own your car and is it insured? If so is it fully comprehensive?
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