A Nanny Background Check Is Not Enough. Seven Mistakes Not
"She just seemed like such a nice person. We couldn't believe what we saw on the
"I thought a nanny background check would pick up all past wrong-doings, but it
doesn't. That was a real wake-up call."
It's hard not to trust your gut instincts, but when you're hiring a nanny, the safety
of your children is at stake.
When you hire a new nanny to care for your family, one important step is to do a
nanny background check. We offer nanny background
check services that are robust, yet still affordable. But doing a nanny
background check isn't enough
There are crucial steps you must take to protect your family. Here are some of the
most common mistakes.
Seven biggest mistakes in screening a new nanny
Mistake #1 – Not doing a thorough nanny background check. Not all
nanny background checks offer the same depth of reporting. Make sure the background
check you choose includes a national screening of criminal records, sexual offender
list, a SSN match with name and previous address history, alias search and county
record search in counties lived. See eNannySource.com's
nanny background check services.
Mistake #2 – Thinking a nanny background check alone is enough.
Nanny background checks DO NOT screen for crimes committed but not brought to the
authority or cases where there was no conviction. Having a clean criminal background
is not the same as being fit to care for your children. A clean background simple
means a candidate has not been caught or convicted of committing a crime.
Mistake #3 – Not checking references.References from friends and
family are not enough. When checking nanny references, you need to speak to whose
people who have directly worked with the nanny in question. When calling references,
be sure to ask questions about the nanny's performance, duties and responsibilities.
Know that some people are reluctant to share negative information, so it's important
to listen to what is not said as much as what is said. Asking if there is any one
thing the nanny could have done to make her performance ideal. The answers may help
reveal any trouble areas. It's also important to screen candidates for phony references.
Our nanny application form helps you
Mistake #4 - Not doing your own Internet search.Just like you would
a prospective date, Google your nanny. You'll of course want to be sure you are
searching for the correct person. You may be surprised that you'll find information
on everything from statuses posted on social networking sites to listings on child
predator sites. See where your candidate's name show up and what other families
have to say about working with them.
Mistake #5-If the nanny you are interested in has unexplained gaps in her employment.
timeline, find out why. Be sure to ask why each job ended. The responses could provide
insight into any employment patterns.
Mistake #6 – Not making a copy of the nanny's ID. It is important
that you make a copy of your nanny's photo ID that has her complete name and address
on it as well as one other form of ID. Typical types of IDs may include driver's
licenses, state ID cards, passports, permanent resident cards and employment authorization
Mistake #7– Rushing the nanny search.Make sure you leave enough
time to find the right nanny. If you're in a time crunch, you may not be as thorough
as you need to be. Allow at least 4-8 weeks to find a nanny. By doing so you are
allowing yourself enough time to find the right match for your family.
Get all the information you need about prospective nannies
with the eNannySource nanny application
Make your nanny hiring process easier with eNannySource's robust
nanny application. Once the nanny completes the information, you will be
presented with a carefully crafter snapshot of the nanny’s employment history, including
where she worked, the ages of the children in her care, why the job ended. With
this information you can easily spot any gaps in employment and confirm the information
provided with previous employers. The eNannySource nanny application can help you
weed out candidates that may not be a good match.
Other red flags to look out for during your nanny screening
- Nanny refuses to give home phone number and doesn't have numbers for work references
- Nanny refuses to give a valid driver’s license or social security number
- Nanny has a lot of short-term jobs
- Nanny has moved around often
- Nanny refused to consent to a background check
Protect your family. Be smart and be thorough in your nanny screening process.
Regardless of how you find your nanny, as a household employer it is your responsibility
to fully screen any and all potential caregivers. Your children’s safety depends
Learn more about our nanny background checks.
Download a nanny application form.
Learn more about how to hire a nanny.