When do you want your caregiver to start

Allow yourself plenty of time to find a caregiver. The recruiting, screening, and interviewing process can take several weeks, whether you're looking on your own or working with an agency. On the other hand, a caregiver who is available to work when you first start looking may not be able to wait for several weeks until you need her. If you find someone you feel is right, be prepared to hire her earlier than you expected. You might even appreciate the extra time this gives you, your children, and the caregiver to get used to each other. Flexibility on your part can be a great asset in attracting the right candidate.

If you are considering hiring a foreign au pair, plan early. Recruiting foreign au pairs can take four to six months. Also, depending on the agency, au pairs may arrive only at certain times of the year (for example, January or September).

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