For the past 31 years, we have been placing professional childcare providers in homes in the Portland area and beyond. Our repeat customers as well as the many referrals we receive attest to the high quality of our nannies. But what specifically should families look for when hiring a nanny? Here are some things parents should consider before leaving their child in another’s care.
We want our caregivers to provide our children with positive learning experiences and keep them away from harm. Children learn best by spending quality time with people who care about them. When children feel that their world is predictable and secure, not only are they emotionally healthy, but they are better learners as well. A good nanny will make sure your children are safe and well cared for.
A good nanny knows how young children develop and learn. She will understand your child. He will know how to promote your child’s optimal learning and development. We are all aware of the enormous impact adults have on children at this most impressionable phase of life. Knowing how to bring out the best in children is a huge responsibility, but it is one that a qualified professional childcare provider can meet.
Children learn by example. A good nanny displays a positive attitude, and in doing so teaches her children to do the same. It is also important for a caregiver to display high ethical and moral behaviors and values such as honesty, integrity and respect. Through modeling, your nanny will teach your child to show respect for others. When a child sees the positive way in which his nanny interacts with people, that becomes his normal behavior.
A good nanny collaborates with the family. Parents appreciate that their nannies can share with them knowledge about child development, guiding children’s behavior, promoting healthy nutrition and dealing with emergencies.
We all want to protect our children so they are free to be children. Hiring a competent childcare provider will give your family peace of mind. Your family deserves the very best.