-poor employment history. A good nanny will have long standing positions, of at least 2-3 years. A nanny that isn’t in jobs for very long isn’t very good.
-previous employers wont give a reference.
-the nanny speaks poorly of previous employers.
-if there was one single MOST important question to ask while interviewing a nanny, I would ask:
What precautions would you take to keep my child safe? Then give different scenarios:
At home, at a park, in the car, a crowded place etc..
-Have a contract. Be very clear about hours, salary, pay increases (should be yearly), perks (heath benefits, car, gym) vacation time and paid holidays. This avoids any future problems as everyone is clear and in agreement from the beginning.
Time. While flexibility from a nanny is very important, a parent needs to understand the nanny has a life as well. So be respectful of your nannies time and let them know plans and any changes as soon as possible.
Hiring a nanny / Au Pair