If you’re going to hire a nanny, whether it’s for every day during the work week, or maybe just for a few hours a week, it’s a daunting task. Hiring a nanny means that you’re going to be trusting someone to care for your kids regularly. This is a person’s who’s going to be in your home, and hopefully like a part of your family.
There are considerations such as ensuring that a potential nanny is a good personality fit, but you also have to think about logistical and safety concerns.
For example, how experienced a driver is a potential nanny candidate? Does the nanny have years of experience driving and understand the rules of the road well? What is her driving history like? What about doing a background check?
The following are some things to keep in mind as you go through the process of screening a potential new nanny.
What Should You Know About Screening a Potential Nanny?
The Nanny Background Check
First and foremost, if you’re in the process of screening new potential nannies, you will need to run a background check. Even if you got a recommendation from an agency or someone you know personally, you should still plan to do a background check.
There isn’t a standard for nanny background checks, but there is some information that you should think about including in your check. A few specifics include:
- You should confirm your nanny’s identity and to do this; you’ll need her name, social security, and driver’s license number. If you’re screening a nanny, who isn’t a U.S. citizen you can ask for a work permit and passport information. A 1-9 can be completed to determine work eligibility in the U.S. There’s also E-Verify, which you can use to make sure your nanny can work legally in the U.S.
- A criminal background check is something else you’ll need to go over. To conduct one, you will need seven years’ of the candidate’s address history. If your nanny has lived in the same city and state during that time, you may not need to do a national background check. If your nanny has lived in a foreign country doing a background check can be more complex, but is still needed. You’ll have to follow the specific rules of the country where she lives or lived, which can vary.
- You can check on the sex offender registry pretty easily online and for free. Most other foreign countries also have similar public records and databases of sex offenders.
If you’re hiring a nanny, there’s a high likelihood she will be driving your children. She may be picking them up from school and driving them to activities for example.
So how do you check driving records? First, you’ll need to contact the DMV in the states where your nanny has had a license and ask for driving records. You may be able to do this online.
Each state’s inclusion of what’s on driving records will vary, but you’ll usually be able to see the most important things including collisions and convictions.
If your nanny has a driver’s license from another country, you may need to contact the US embassy in that country to learn more about the best process to get driving records.
Other Things to Consider If Your Nanny Will Be Driving Your Kids
If your nanny is going to be driving your kids, when you’re either in the screening process or you’ve already hired someone, there are other things to make sure you do.
First, you’ll need to examine her car if that’s what’s going to be used. You’ll need to learn more about the last vehicle inspection and make sure that your children’s safety seats will fit well. You’ll also need to look at the tires and make sure they’re in good condition, and if you’re worried about it, you might suggest that you’ll pay to take it to a mechanic and have them look over it.
Of course, insurance will be needed as well, whether your nanny is going to be driving her own car or yours. If you’re going to have a nanny drive your family’s car, you can probably get her added to her policy fairly easily. If she’s going to be driving her car, you should ask to see proof of insurance.
Finally, make sure you check references. Maybe even consider asking for a nanny’s full employment history and call those people as well, since the references are likely to say the most positive things about the applicant.