Telephone Reference Check

How long have you known the applicant _ 2. In what capacity do you know the applicant (friend, neighbor, employer, etc.) 3. Is the applicant currently taking care of your child _ 4. If yes, how long has the applicant been doing so _ 5. Has the applicant taken care of your child in the past _ 6. If yes, what were the approximate starting and ending dates _ 7. If the applicant has cared for your child, was is this work steady or occasional 8. On average, how many hours per week did the applicant...

House rules for caregivers

Every family has its own stated or unstated rules and no one knows the rules of your household better than you do. When you have a caregiver, particularly one who lives with you, you may have to spell out some rules you have always taken for granted. Don't assume anything. If you expect a certain behavior, be clear about what it is. It's better to err on the side of being too specific, rather than too vague. Discuss house rules before your caregiver starts to work, even on a trial basis. Some...

Common Terms

In this guide the words in-home caregiver or in-home provider are used to describe any person who cares for children in your home. As you search for in-home child care, you'll probably hear a variety of other terms as well. Many are used interchangeably - one family's nanny is another family's babysitter. The definitions below are based on those used by the International Nanny Association for some of the most common terms. It's useful to understand the distinctions, especially if you decide to...