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How can I choose a good nanny?

Choosing the right nanny for your child is a very important decision and should not be taken lightly.

It is important that you take every step to making sure that your nanny will provide warm and loving care for your child. You must thoroughly investigate the nanny.

Word of mouth is probably the best way to find a good nanny. Ask friends and neighbors for recommendations. Once you have a list of potential nannies, start interviewing.

You’ll also want to have a written list of questions prepared ahead of time. Here are some suggestions:
•    What is the nanny’s prior experience with children?
•    Have they had any professional training?
•    What are their beliefs on discipline?
•    What are they willing to provide?
•    Do they smoke or drink?
•    Are there any health issues that would impede their ability to care for your child?
•    Do they know first aid and CPR?
•    What is the cost and what exactly does that cost cover?
•    Can they provide references?

You may also want to get your child involved in the selection process if they are old enough. After all, even if you find the best qualified nanny in the world, the bottom line is that your child must like and get along with that person.

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