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Old 01-26-2013, 09:35 PM   #1
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Searching for a nanny.....

What a daunting task!!! Sorry, this is a rant. We're having such hard time finding a suitable nanny for our 2 kids. Our neighbor who runs a home daycare was caring for our toddler but she's unable to care for our infant. Additionally, we've been thinking of moving on given our son is outgrowing the space and is very much in need to be challenged mentally and academically. He's only 2 but is quite advanced for his age. The search continues, I guess. Any mamas out there having difficulties finding good help???

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Old 01-26-2013, 11:31 PM   #2
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I'm sorry you are having a hard time finding a nanny!! As a nanny, I have to ask how much you are willing to pay a nanny, b/c that makes a HUGE difference!! I have 16 years of experience, so it may be different, but I have to make at least $10 per hour, and that is just in my area (Omaha, NE). If I worked in places like Houston or Chicago, I would make almost twice as much as that. I have a nanny position that starts on Thursday, and I make $10.50 per hour.
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I'm sorry you are having a hard time finding a nanny!! As a nanny, I have to ask how much you are willing to pay a nanny, b/c that makes a HUGE difference!! I have 16 years of experience, so it may be different, but I have to make at least $10 per hour, and that is just in my area (Omaha, NE). If I worked in places like Houston or Chicago, I would make almost twice as much as that. I have a nanny position that starts on Thursday, and I make $10.50 per hour.
We're offering $10/hour to start which is the going rate here. Most nannies we interviewed weren't upfront with their desire and that's such a peeve! They were searching for FT hours but did not indicate so in their profile. What a waste of time. Do you have any pointers or tips to share??
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Best child care I've found for part time hours are youngish grandmothers (like 55-60). Still young enough to keep up, but not looking for full time, just want some extra income. Mature, nurturing, and drama free.
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Best child care I've found for part time hours are youngish grandmothers (like 55-60). Still young enough to keep up, but not looking for full time, just want some extra income. Mature, nurturing, and drama free.
We're hoping to find someone in that age group but find that it's not so easy!
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That would make me mad as well. I always make sure to be very specific on the hours and days I am willing to work.

Have you tried posting an ad on Craigslist or on Care.com?
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We're hoping to find someone in that age group but find that it's not so easy!
We needed after school care (with pick up) one year, and advertized on Craig's list. That was a little scary, and my husband did three background checks on her, while I spent a lot of time talking with people she went to church with, but it was worth it. She was fantastic, dependable, and played with my son non-stop.

If you belong to a church, you could try advertizing in the bulletin............
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I highly suggest care.com! So worth the membership fee to not only find legitimate care givers, but you also can view their back ground check!
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I highly suggest care.com! So worth the membership fee to not only find legitimate care givers, but you also can view their back ground check!
I second Care.com! It's worth the cost IMO for not having to do all the background checks and be able to see reviews and references.
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We did subscribe to care.com and that's where these applicants come from. Posted a job and also searched through the list and contacted those with profiles that match our needs. I think it's mainly the younger kids that are most frustrating. They applied for the job knowing we're only offering PT hours, etc. the job posting is very clear, I even listed our the guaranteed days and hours by day and week. I'm now only seeking matured grandma-ish individuals as someone else mentioned. Someone with some free time and flexibility. Sigh.....never knew this is so difficult! Wish I could just stay home with the kids.....
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