A babysitter, Nanny or japa maid is an important person in our lives: More than an employee, since
they are going to take care of the most precious person in your lives. More over they are going to be
in your house, when you are not around. So, the task for making the right choice can be a tough one.
We at Helper4U have been in the business of matching nannies with employers for 4 years now.
Along the way we have picked up some tools which help us screen the right caregivers for you. Here
are the 4 top tips to help you take a safe decision when recruiting a caretaker for your child.
1 Review Candidates Reference Checks:
Ask the candidate for references
from previous employers, or their training center, if they are trained. They
can also get you reference from their landlords or friends who work in the
same area. Heper4U does not do these checks so if you are hiring from
Helper4U.in, make sure to ask for references and talk to the references.
You can ask the referenced person how long they have known the
candidate, how they know them, would they hire the person if needed and
Whether you hire through an agency, an online portal like Helper4U.in or-through reference of your neighbour or another Helper, always conduct your own verification check on the person. Search the web, or FB with their
name, or ask them if they have a FB account. If you find them on FB, check
their posts, friends etc to ensure there is no criminal tendency lurking in the
background. Use caller ID apps and finally, do a criminal background check
on the person you are hiring. It would be good to also check the address
they give to ensure that they actually live there. This will act as a deterrent
and also come handy in case anything untoward happens.
Safety should be the top feature in any hiring checklist. To get Document,
Address or Criiminal Background of the nanny you can check our online
3. Ask about Health and Substance Abuse:
When you interview your potential babysitter, ask whether they smoke, or
are addicted to anything like gutka, paan etc. You do not want your child to
be taken care of by a person addicted to anything, and passing on some
bad habits to the child.
Also, consider requesting a heath check up, especially TB test done before
they start. It is worth the money spent since India has the most cases of TB
in the world. The test is very simple, and is done across most government
4. Interview well
When you interview always ask about family, marriage, kids, hobbies,
education etc. These give you an insight into the kind of family the person
belongs to. While asking questions, trust your gut feeling. If you feel
unsure, probe further and ask follow-up questions. It is a good practice to
have a trial day or two, so that the candidate spends some time performing
the duties. You can observe not only their work but also how they interact
with the child. If you are uncomfortable about something, there must be a
reason, so trust your instincts. Better to hire late than be sorry later.
If you are looking to hire domestic help of any kind, do check out the Helpers on Helper4U.in. All our
candidates are Aadhar & Identity verified. Criminal background check is done when you close hiring.