One of the biggest decisions some parents make about their children is who they entrust as a caretaker. Whether you decide to enroll your child at a daycare or preschool, hire a nanny, enlist a family member, or get a babysitter a few nights a month, it is important to begin the search for the right person with as much information as possible. I am going to discuss finding the right caretaker for your child all week and I would like to start today with the first step.
To begin the process of finding a great caretaker for your kids, here is a list of places to look:
Friends, family, neighbors, coworkers
Ask around among the people you trust most. Getting a personal recommendation can save you lots of time and the hassle of going through other avenues.
Facebook and other social media
Putting the word out to people you may not see or talk to as often is an easy way to let lots of people know what you seek with very little work.
A professional service
While this route may be very expensive, the background check, qualifications check, and follow-up of recommendations is done for you. It may be worth the money to save the time and effort of doing that yourself.
Putting an ad on Craig’s List is also a great way to connect to people who are seeking this type of employment. Be ready for the gamut of qualifications, there is no “filter” on Craig’s List ads to weed out completely unqualified candidates. This is not a bad option, but certainly relies on you to do the legwork to ensure you know the person you are hiring.
Like I mentioned earlier, this is a very important decision. The final decision of who you choose should be based on multiple factors. I will cover more of those factors in this week’s blogs. As always, if you would like more specific suggestions based on your family’s unique situation, please contact me directly.
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