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Nanny Questions for Background on the Family

Contributed by Dorothy Popovich

A nanny interviewing with a family needs some basic background information about the family to construct a framework within which to consider the specific position. I have found the following list of questions to be particularly helpful.

  • How many children do you have?
  • What ages are they?
  • Do you plan on having more children? When?
  • Do you work in the home or out of the home? Some nannies report that working with parents who are home all day can present problems with role confusion for children.
  • Why do you want a nanny as opposed to a daycare or after-school program?
  • Have you ever had a nanny before? If they have, try to get a sense as to what they liked and what they disliked about their prior experience(s). If they are hiring their first nanny, try to get a sense as to what their expectations are - and whether you think they are realistic. Obtain permission to talk to the prior caregivers. Useful Form
  • What are the children's typical daily and weekly schedule? (Include school, naps, extra curricular activities, sports)
  • Are any of the children in school? What grade is each in? What are the hours?
  • Does anyone smoke in the household? Do they have any rules about smoking in the household?
  • Do you have any pets? (beware if you have allergies)
  • Do family members drink alcohol?

This list is a work in progress. Any suggestions are appreciated, please send them to me via this website.

Family Background Information Questions

Family Lifestyle Information Questions

Questions about Parent-Child Relationship

Questions about Family Child Rearing Philosophies

Questions for the Family with an Infant

Questions for the Family with Young Children

Questions about Parent's Personality

Questions Related to Health and Safety of Child(ren)

Questions about Nanny Expenses

Nanny Job Duties and Relationship with Family

Questions about Prior Childcare Arrangements

Nanny Living Arrangements

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