Finding and employing a nanny while visiting or living in Nigeria can be a painstaking and overwhelming process. From weighing the very safety of your children to judging the person’s personality to know if she/he will be a good fit for your family, you are required to make many critical considerations. Even more, with the frequent release of videos showing nannies in Nigeria and other parts of Africa maltreating their wards, it is important that parents visiting Nigeria remain skeptical when making a choice.
To help the visitors looking to engage a caregiver in Nigeria, Jumia Travel shares five tips to help them not only hire a nanny while visiting Nigeria, but also remain confident about the situation afterwards.
Keep your expectations real
Before you contact that hiring agency or post your adverts for a nanny, make a list of your expectations and consider them to know if they are real or far-fetched. You must first decided on the kind of nanny you are looking for, disciplinary practices, demonstrated ability of any potential nanny to care for more than one child e.t.c. Ask yourself questions like: What days/hours do you need your nanny to work? Are you looking for a live-in or live-out nanny? What time will the nanny arrive and depart? What hourly rate can you comfortably afford in your household budget? Ensure you create a thorough list of “must haves” for your nanny search. Knowing your priorities will not only help you attract the right candidate, but also make the right decision
Interview the candidates
Even if you have employed an agency to contract the nanny on your behalf, ensure you first interview the nanny before going any step further. Pick the best 3 to 10 candidates and arrange a meeting at a neutral location, like an eatery or restaurant. Alternatively, you can interview them via video phone or Skype. This gives you a chance to consider each one with an eye towards professionalism and experience. You also get answers to such questions as: Do they have experience? Do their qualifications match your needs? How well do they convey why they want this job
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