In an ideal world, any parent would like to spend weeks searching for the perfect nanny for their kids. Unfortunately, when dealing with the reality of a busy work and social life, this isn't always possible. Below is a guide to how you can quickly find a fantastic nanny.

Contact a childcare agency

A childcare agency can make finding a nanny much easier. Agencies have a list of fully qualified nannies who have had their references checked. This means you will not have to spend time searching for candidates and conducting lengthy interviews. A childcare agency will also be able to match you with a nanny who is compatible with your parenting philosophy and other values. An agency will also take care of paying your nanny and any tax and insurance cost. If you have any problems with the quality of the service provided by the nanny, you can simply contact the agency and ask for them to be replaced rather than having to confront the nanny directly.

Use social networks

You should use social media to ask friends and family if they know any childcare workers who are interested in moving into the nannying sector. The majority of people now have a social media account, so if your requested is reposted a few times, you could potentially reach hundreds of people. However, you will be responsible for organising the interviews and making arrangements, which could be time-consuming and stressful.

Hire a nanny previously employed by a friend

If you know that a friend has previously employed a nanny, you could ask them to put you in contact. Your friend will be able to vouch for the quality of the service provided by the nanny and will be able to honestly answer any questions you may have about the nanny's strengths and weaknesses. You will also be able to establish a rate of pay and a holiday allowance based on your friend's employment offer. However, this route of finding a nanny does rely on the nanny not being employed by someone else when you contact them. It could also create an uncomfortable situation between you and your friend if the nanny does not turn out to be as good as they suggested.

If you are in a hurry to find the perfect nanny and would like further advice and information, you should get in touch with a nanny agency today.