Nanny Background checks: All you need to know guide to nanny
Why do a nanny criminal background check?
Before hiring a nanny, most families carefully search through dozens or more
nanny profiles, carefully interview several candidates and then call references.
The decision to hire a nanny can be an agonizing one. Bringing someone you barely
know into your home to care for your children is always a bit scary. The more information
you can gather about a potential nanny, the more informed and educated your hiring
decision will be. The final screening step, the background check, shouldn't be skipped.
The peace of mind it will bring you is more than worth the cost.
I'm running a background check on my nanny, but what do I
It's hard to imagine that in this era of the Internet there is no reliable
national criminal database for nanny background checks that is accessible by the
public. Therefore the "gold standard" for nanny background checks involves several
The first check is to verify a candidate's identity and address history through
a Social Security Number check. The Social Security Number check will ensure that
the name and Social Security Number match and provide a list of current and past
addresses for the nanny. This important check is done so that a decision can be
made on which county court records should be searched.
The next step is to run a national database check. The national database we use
has over 300,000,000 records in it from all states. While this check should not
be used as a standalone tool, because the databases can be outdated and the type
of information held can vary from state to state, it is a good tool to use in combination
with other checks.
After these first two checks are complete, a county search is conducted. County
checks should be conducted in counties where the nanny has lived over a reasonable
period of time, generally seven years.
What other types of checks can be performed on nannies?
In addition to national and county criminal records searches, there are other
background screening tools employers can use to gather information about the nanny
they wish to hire. These include:
- Credit Report
- Civil Records Search
- Driving Records
- Sexual Offender list (This can be searched free of charge at
- Drug Testing
What are the legal requirements for criminal background checking?
The Fair Credit Reporting Act (which applies to more than just credit checks)
requires that when employment is involved, a written release from the employee is
required to perform a background check. eNannySource has a state-of-the-art electronic
signature system that spares nannies from revealing their confidential information
to parents prior to hiring and saves the family lots of time securing the nanny's
signature. Link to FTC users
of background checks
What are the limitations of the nanny background checks?
When it comes to nanny background checks, there are no guarantees that the
information is current, up to date or completely accurate. This is because there
can be lag time in the recording of data and updating of systems, because different
states handle data differently and because people are involved, mistakes can be
Also, since there is a charge for each type of check that you order, your budget
may also limit the results. Running many county searches can get costly, for example,
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Background checks are just one of the important tools that should be used in the
nanny screening process. It is the parents' obligation to learn as much information
about their potential hire as possible so that they can make an informed and educated
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