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What questions should a prospective nanny ask the family?

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When interviewing for a nanny job, it is important to ask the family questions about hours, pay, living arrangements, children, discipline, the children's interests and the parent's expectations. These questions allow the nanny to show she wants to do the best job possible, but they also allow her to consider whether the job and family will be a good fit for her.

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According to eNanny Source, there are six questions a nanny should ask.

First, a prospective nanny needs to ask the family about how they spend time with their kids. This informs the nanny on the type of activities the kids enjoy and the type of relationship they have with their parents.

The second question to ask is how the parents discipline their children. This is important, because, outside of physical discipline, the nanny needs to maintain consistency.

The third question to ask is how the nanny needs to communicate with the parents. They may want to send the nanny a question or update during the day and vice versa. Some parents may want to do this through text message, others through phone or email.

A fourth and important question to ask is about health and safety in the home. The nanny needs to be aware of any medical conditions and medications. Also, it is important to know if there is a first-aid kit and where it is located.

The fifth question is over the exact duties and expectations of the nanny. It is crucial that the nanny knows what is expected of her. Some nannies may be expected to clean or supply their own transportation.

The sixth and final question to ask is what role do the parents see the nanny playing in their home. Some parents view nannies as an employee hired for a task, while others view and treat them as part of the family.

These six questions allow the prospective nanny to make an informed decision on whether the job is right for her.

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