Finding a great nanny for mainstream children is a hard task. The process can take between a few days to a few months, depending on your requests and personal preferences. But finding a special needs nanny can be even more difficult. You’ll want to make sure that whoever is looking after your child completely understands their special needs, as well as being loving, supportive and dedicated.
Here are some important things to check to ensure the special needs nanny you choose is the best for your child.
Confirm Their Experience
The agency who has put forward a special needs nanny for interview will have already checked their CV to confirm it’s legitimate, but you should always read through it yourself so you know you’re happy that her experience and skills match those that you desire.
Speak to References
You may feel more comfortable about hiring a special needs nanny if you call her references yourself. You’ll be able to ask her previous employers anything that you specifically want to know to help you make a decision.
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All special needs nannies need a DBS check, so make sure you apply for one for both legal requirements and to give you peace of mind.
First Aid Knowledge
Although a first aid qualification isn’t compulsory, a special needs nanny should have taken a course so that she can adequately care for your child in case of an emergency.
Ask the special needs nanny if she has specifically cared for a child with the needs that your child has. Someone who has first hand knowledge of these needs will put your mind at rest.
Engagement with Other Professionals
If there are other professionals, such as physical therapists or speech therapists, working with your child, check that the special needs nanny is happy to work alongside them to provide the best care.
Staying Calm in an Emergency
Ask the special needs nanny if they’ve ever dealt with an emergency involving a child. How did they handle it and what was the outcome? If you’re concerned about this aspect of care then you’ll need to know you’re trusting your child to someone who will ask appropriately in an emergency.
Achievements and Challenges
You’ll need to know if the special needs nanny is cut out for your specific child, so ask them what their biggest achievements and challenges have been in their career. This will help you to gain a bigger picture of their skills and flaws.
Willingness to Train
A special needs nanny may have to take specialist training courses to qualify them for caring for your child. Ask if they’re happy to undertake these courses. Not only will it benefit your child and the nanny in the short term, but she’ll learn new skills to aid her in her future career too.
What’s Their Motivation?
Find out why the nanny wants to work with special needs children. The answer to this question will show you whether or not the special needs nanny has the love, respect, dedication and skills required to look after your child.
At Polo and Tweed, we understand how stressful finding a special needs nanny can be. If you’re looking for a nanny who will tick all your boxes, then please don’t hesitate to contact us today. We will do all the work for you, so you can enjoy more time with your loved ones!