Posted on 18.05.2016
We always encourage parents to do as much research as possible once they have found a Student Nanny that they are interested in using. We suggest you arrange your first face to face meeting in a public place, before having a follow up interview that may be at the parent’s home.
Here are a few pointers: ask them to describe their personality; did they grow up with younger siblings?; if they were to prepare your child a packed lunch, what would they put it in?; can they cook and what would they make your children for tea?; if your child was playing up, how would they react?; how does their week at university work in terms of hours; how many hours a week they’d like to work; when they are available to start from; and about any relevant experience (baby sitting/looking after siblings/cousins/previous nannying work). Ask to see two forms of ID – a valid NUS card (University ID), a birth certificate, driver’s licence or a passport. You should ask potential Student Nannies for references from other parents who they may have babysat for or nannied for and you should verify these by contacting the person giving the reference to ensure they are genuine.
For more help on vetting a potential Student Nanny, including DBS checks, see our Safety Page which contains tips on how to stay safe when using our service.