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Methods of Finding the Perfect Nanny Taking on a nanny is a major commitment, both financially and emotionally. As nannies usually live in your home and have intimate knowledge of your children and your family dynamics, nannies have a tremendous amount of responsibility and trust placed in them, often with no guarantee that things will work about between her and your family. So how should you go about finding the best nanny for your family, in a safe and comfortable way? Here's a list of some tried-and-true methods for finding a great nanny for your children. • “Bricks and mortar” agencies. These are businesses with actual physical premises, where the owners and workers show up every day to connect domestic workers with families like yours. The large overhead of office rent and employees nearly always results in higher prices to you. On the other hand, these agencies live and die on their reputations, and so the level of service they may provide may be top of the line. • Online nanny agencies. The newest development in linking nannies with employers is the online nanny agency. A reputable one, for example, is Nanny Available, where sophisticated algorithms connect family requests with compatible domestic worker profiles. These agencies provide a vast selection of workers, usually, and often provide access to domestic workers beyond just nannies—housekeepers, babysitters, and house- sitters, for example. The prices charged by online agencies are usually significantly lower than those charged by a “bricks and mortar” agency, but you as the client will have to be much more involved in the interviewing, screening and hiring process. • Word-of-mouth. The upside of the oldest form of advertising is that you may get a recommendation from someone you really trust about the performance of their nanny. On the other hand, what works for one family may not work as well for you, so this is a bit of a crap-shoot. Your challenge here is to still do your own due diligence and careful interviewing of the candidate to make sure she is a good fit for your family and for your children. • Posting your own public advertisement. No doubt, you will get people responding to any advertisement you publish. On the other hand, your phone may be ringing off the hook, and there is no guarantee that the people calling you have been screened or otherwise vetted. This can be a very risky way to find someone, so do take all security precautions seriously, including refusing to give out your personal information over the telephone, and insisting that initial interviews take place in public places. Having a nanny in your home can give you exceptional peace of mind, knowing that your children will always be supervised, and that you have a known and trusted person devoted to the well-being of your children. Stress reduction for working parents can add years to your physical life, and greatly enhance the quality of your family life and your love life, too! For quick and easy access to nannies perfectly suited to your requirements, please visit www.NannyAvailable.com.
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