If you possibly can, stay at home with your caregiver during her first few days on the job. If you are asking a previous provider to orient your new caregiver, plan to have them spend anywhere from three or four days to one week together. Take the new caregiver around your neighborhood, go to the park, introduce her to your neighbors. Be sure to show her where the closest medical facility is for emergency purposes. The time you are able to spend together with your new caregiver will give you a feel for each other and for your respective styles of dealing with your children and setting up their day. It will also give the caregiver and your children time to get acquainted without the stress of an abrupt transition.
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