When you’re looking to hire a nanny, it can be almost overwhelming finding someone you can trust, whose availability matches your needs, and someone who has all of the right qualifications. Most caregivers will have certifications like CPR, First Aid, or possibly even a food safety certificate, but different families have vastly different needs that can include finding someone with their own driver’s license or car or someone who can work with special needs such as intellectual or physical disabilities, severe allergies, or diabetes. Still other families may want to find a caregiver who can offer their services in a language other than English, either so that it’s easier for the parents to communicate or so that their child gets an edge learning a second language.
While these issues can be frustrating, at the end of the day, you want the best for your child, and if that means taking the extra time to find the perfect caregiver, so be it. Luckily, you don’t have to go into your search blind now that there are so many resources at your fingertips online – not just nannies looking for work, but how-to guides when it comes to hiring and how to communicate with your nanny to build a healthy and productive relationship.
When you’re looking for a nanny online, it’s helpful to find profiles of independent childcare providers where you can explore live in and live out nannies and nannies who work part-time or full-time. If the website allows you to post information about what exactly you’re looking for in a nanny (such as how many days, the hours you need, and the qualifications you expect), you can wait for applicants to come to you. If you want to take a more proactive approach, however, sites like Canadiannanny.ca allow you to search not just by city, but also your neighborhood, proximity to transit, or by availability of transportation.
Using a site dedicated to helping families find childcare providers gives you access to great tools that help you narrow down your search, not just by identifying categories you’re looking for, but helpful tools to help you during your process. One such feature offered by the site Canadian Nanny is the ability to leave notes on profiles, the way you would make notes on a resume after a job interview, so that you can quickly consult your thoughts on the candidate before making the hire. Another invaluable feature offered by the site is Identity Protection, which disguises both your phone number and your email so that your contact information remains private when you first reach out. On Canadiannanny.ca, you can also track all of your calls, and their staff monitors call and email traffic made through the site to watch for fraudulent users that may be looking for contact information.
Finally, paying nannies can be quite the challenge, as you will have to keep up with local labor laws and provide necessary CPP and EI contributions. You need to find a way to pay them by direct deposit, register with the Canada Revenue Agency, mail out T4 forms, and much more. The list seems never-ending and your time is valuable, but in Canada, you can use a service like Heart Payroll that will take care of all of these HR requirements. In the end, you want the best person you can find taking care of your children; find a website that can offer the services and features that simplify your search.
Michael Sanduso lives in Toronto, Canada. He is a freelance writer and editor, tech geek, and stay at home father.