Checking and re-checking childcarer references is vital. Remember you are ultimately responsible for anyone you employ and regardless of whether you are employing a nanny, maternity nurse, childminder or using a nursery, you must always check their references thoroughly - however time consuming the task. This is one of the most important aspects of the recruitment process!
We suggest that a nanny or childcarer should have at least three references and you must check at least two of them. At bestbear.co.uk we encourage employers to check as many references as possible - don't just stick to the references offered, go through your prospective employee's CV -they should have a reference from all of their previous employers. If not, ask why.
It may be time consuming but thorough checking is the only way to be absolutely sure of the childcarer you are employing. If at all possible take the time to meet previous employers face to face. It is always the most reliable form of childcare reference checking although it can sometimes be tricky to arrange.
Because we understand how important reference checking is, and how time consuming and difficult it can be, we offer a comprehensive and independent Nanny and Childcarer Reference Checking Service, which will help you find out whether your prospective employee is trustworthy and reliable. Click here for more information Let us do the running around for you!
CV and reference checking musts:
Interviewing a referee:
When you telephone referees make it clear that you are speaking in complete confidence and as parent to parent you would appreciate their honesty. They will know how you feel and most will try and be as helpful as possible. You must check that the written reference (if you have one) matches what the referee tells you. Again it is useful to have a list of questions or points that you want to discuss and you might want to find out how much the nanny was paid in terms of negotiating a salary.
You may find that the referee becomes less forthcoming on certain points - you must press them if you feel they are holding any information back. They may like the candidate and feel reluctant to ruin any chances of getting another job even if they found her unreliable.
Once you have made your decision act quickly - good nannies are snapped up!