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Gale Gregory, Mother And Owner Of Mom’s Helper, Inc., A Nanny Agency Serving The Tri-state Area, Simplifies The “Nanny-hunt” Process

Can you explain the process for finding a nanny or housekeeper?

When a client calls we ask for a full description of the position to fill. From the initial discussion, we generally have a very good feel for the type of person the client is looking for. We then select 2-3 applicants who we believe are best suited for the position and have them speak directly to the client. Based on the conversation, the client and potential nanny will arrange to meet. By meeting a few potential employees, clients gain a better perspective of who would be an ideal fit in their family. Mom’s Helper allows for a trial period so a client can ensure that they have hired the ‘right’ person for the job.

Are there any key signs that indicate a potential candidate is not right?

When interviewing a candidate, make sure they look you square in the eye when they are speaking to you. Additionally, appearance, personality, hygiene, communication skills and references are equally as important.

Questions to Ask When Interviewing a Nanny

A little help can go a long way, when it’s the right help…

When searching for a caregiver, you will want to ask questions that will give you information about their motivation, work history, work habits, and personality. Use the list below as a guide. Think about what is important to you, as well as what is appropriate to the person you are interviewing.

• Why do you want to take care of children? What do you enjoy most about children?

• What do children like most about you?

• What was your last childcare experience? Why did it end? What other jobs have you had?

• Do you have any health related problems that may prevent you from doing this job?

• Can you cook?

• Do you consider yourself a good housekeeper?

• Are you allergic to pets? Are you willing to be involved in the care of a pet?

• Sometimes, if we have to work late, or go out of town, etc., would you be able to adjust your schedule to accommodate us?

• Do you have CPR training?

• Have you ever had to handle an emergency with any kids? What happened and what did you do?

Knowing your general needs and the basic personality traits you are seeking in a caregiver will help you enter the interview process with a clear cut agenda.

To fill your childcare needs, you can reach Gale Gregory at

PO Box 586, Jericho, NY 11753

45 West 21 Street, 5th Floor, NY NY 10010

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