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Best Way to Hire a Nanny for the First Time

Parents need to be very thoughtful as well as careful while hiring a nanny, especially, if they are hiring her for the first time. Any kind of laxity in respect to selecting a nanny can put their child’s security at stake. Hence, every parent while hiring a nanny is required to be mindful and follow few practices so that they can end up hiring a responsible and professional nanny.

List out your requirements
Before you start with the process of hiring nanny, list out all your requirements. Your list may include – timings of nanny, service the nanny should give, other responsibilities she needs to handle (like preparing food, helping in domestic chores, etc.), regular responsibilities of the child she needs to handle (taking care of child, helping the child with its studies, cleaning the child’s bedroom, looking after the medical needs, feeding the child, pick and drop the child at school and so on), special needs of the child, salary to be paid, etc.

Following the listing of your requirements is screening/interview. Scan the application with regard to qualification, training, years of experience, expected remuneration, etc. This is useful to elicit the quality and caliber of the prospective nanny.

Introduce your child and check her interaction
This is significant because it is your child that the nanny is to deal with. Check her interaction with your child – whether she gets to know your child soon or tries to do so. Know how patient, caring, loving she is towards your child. Check whether the baby is crying looking at the prospective nanny, as she is a stranger and how the nanny reacts to it in return.

Ask appropriate questions
Once you make sure that the applicant is suitable in respect to interaction with your child, ask some critical questions pertaining to childcare and her career.

  • Why did you quit the last job?
  • How do you commute and how soon?
  • When the baby cries, how would make her stop her crying?
  • If we are late home, what would you do?
  • The baby gets a fever and we are not home, what would you do?
  • (If the baby is breastfed) Are you comfortable while feeding expressed breastfeed?
  • Which activity of the baby do you like most?
  • If the baby annoys you, what would you do?
  • We are late, can you stay bit longer?
  • What age children did you serve in the past?
  • Do enjoy watching TV?

And any other question, that you may think relevant.
You can judge the suitability of the candidate based on the responses she furnishes.

References and background check
Checking the social background is significant as you are going to leave your beloved little one(s) under the personal care of a nanny and you are hiring for the first time. May be, you do not have knowledge to judge the criminal antecedents of the nanny. Ask her previous employers as to how she performed, her social background, driving history, behavior with children and other attributes you feel necessary to know. Check with verifiable documents like social security number, driver’s license, credit card history, etc.

Work agreement
If you are fully satisfied with the verification of background results, it is time to undertake a work agreement with the nanny. The agreement should detail the work, work-schedule, timing, duties, responsibilities, emergency, contact numbers, remuneration, leaves, code of conduct, etc. Work agreement is highly important, as it acts as a source of reference for both the parties, should any difference arise in regard to work between you and nanny in future.

It is best to consider applicants with appropriate and reliable references from reputed nanny referral agencies. The applicants forwarded by these agencies are well qualified, have good background and hands-on experience. Since, this is the first time you are hiring, it is better advised not to take chances and take help of professional nanny referral agencies.
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How Can You Find if Your Child is Ready for Preschool?

It is very difficult for one to send their child to a preschool. However, certain preparation at home makes it easy for your kid to go to preschool. But, how do you know if your child is ready to be sent to preschool? Here are some things that you need to look for.

Check if your kid is independent. It is required that you child should have some basic skills like washing hands after painting, sleeping alone and having lunch without anyone’s assistance. Also see if the kid follows your directions. This is because, a preschool expects your child to follow some simple instructions which may include snack guidelines, walking along a line and so on. If your kid does not follow your words at home, then it is difficult to handle him or her in a preschool.

Is your child away from you any time? If not, the separating issue may be problematic for the kid. So, make sure that you leave the kid for a short period of time. Check if your child is able to work on the projects on own with concentration and has an ability to focus on an individual task. Preschool involves your kid in lots of arts and crafts projects. Is your kid ready to participate in group activities? Socializing is necessary to get easily adjusted in a preschool. Your kid has to spend time and work with other children at times.

Your child is ready for preschool if he is used to keeping a regular schedule when a predictable routine is followed that includes play time, circle time, snack time, playground and lunch. Then, you need to check if your child has enough physical stamina as he should be able to do art projects, explore in playground and involve in field trips in preschool. On the whole, you need to check the important things including self-sufficiency, independence, ease of separation and ability to focus on group activities. Read the rest of this entry »


Qualities a Special Needs Assistant Should Possess

It is necessary for the special needs students in a school to get assistance from specific people. Special needs assistants are those who help them and improve their intellectual and social development. They support schoolwork and prepare learning resources for the special needs students. They also support them in social activities and on outings. They encourage children to communicate with each other and also with the staff. In order to make all these jobs effective, they need to have some characteristics or qualities. Have a look on some of them which are very much essential and important.

Special needs assistants should have good communication skills. They should contact with the teachers and make them understand the situation of the special needs students. At the same time, they should be able to communicate whatever is explained by the teacher to the student in an effective manner. They should be interested to work with children. Also, they need to have a zeal in education. They must be able to be firm when necessary and help the kid.

Good literacy and numeracy skills and the ability to work as a part of the team are the other essential qualities to be possessed by special needs assistants. They also should have a responsible attitude towards the students. They must inculcate patience and make the special needs students understand the concerned topic. It is not only required for them to deal with their educational needs. They also should be ready to help them in their personal care needs. It is also required for them to have clerical skills as they need to track and document the development and behavior of special needs students. Read the rest of this entry »