Hiring Tips for Parents
Your in-home child care provider has been pre-screened and interviewed by
the Agency to ensure they meet all of the qualifications and
certifications necessary to care for your children. We recommend that you
also meet with the caregiver, and contact their references ahead of hiring
What Questions should I ask my caregiver?
Questions you may want to ask are:
What length of stay or commitment are you looking for?
Tell me about your previous childcare experiences?
Competency with infants, twins, or other. Explain any special requirements
when handling, naps, changing, feeding, etc.
How do you feel about doing extra work ie: housework, errands etc, in
addition to childcare?
What schedule are you willing and available to work?
What are your salary and benefit expectations? Overtime? Holidays?
Discussion regarding pets, smoking, other concerns.
What your caregiver should know about your family needs:
Special meal, or food concerns and requirements.
Medical conditions, allergies, special needs of children in household.
Religious beliefs and traditions.
Driving requirements, where and when. Does caregiver have a valid driverís
license, or have own vehicle?
Other special requirements: tutoring, driving to and from school, potty
training, meals, housekeeping requirements.
Activities such as outdoor play, indoor, creative play.
Forms of discipline used within the home, and how you would like your
caregiver to deal with inappropriate behavior.
Do you require receipts from your Nanny to claim on income tax? Ask if
your caregiver is able to provide these.
How to prepare your home for added safety:
Feel free to contact our Agency to check the status of your caregiverís
CPR & First Aid qualifications
If you have a pool, verify the caregiver is a good swimmer. Ensure all
gates are locked around pool before you leave.
Check your home for safety; cover electrical outlets, hide loose cords
Ensure your caregiver is aware of any safety concerns you have and is
willing to comply with the house rules.
Leave a detailed note each day for the caregiver; Include a list of
emergency contacts, Doctors and neighbours, OHIP numbers etc.
The initial meeting with the caregiver:
Itís a good idea to stay home during the initial meeting and get to know
Observe how the caregiver interacts with your children, and how they
respond to the caregiver.
If you have a sitter under age 18, itís a good idea to meet their parent
as well during the initial meeting.
Show the caregiver your home and express any household requirements and/or
When choosing whether to hire the caregiver, do not ignore your gut
If you are
employing a nanny on a full-time basis and have questions about taxes, and
Canada Pension plan; contact the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency for
more information. Canada Revenue Agency (tax) 800-959-8281
Important links to visit:
How to Register for a Business Number (BN)
General Payroll Information
Wage Guideline as per Canada Revenue Agency
Minimum Wage Rate
March 31, 2008
March 31, 2009
March 31, 2010
General Minimum Wage
Student Minimum Wage
What employers can deduct for room and board:
Live-in Nannies require a separate, private living quarter. According to
the Canada Revenue Agency the amounts that an employer is deemed to have
paid to the employee as wages for room or board or both is set out below:
Meals $2.55 per each meal, $53.55 wekly maximum
Private Room and meals
If you have any questions
or concerns regarding your caregiver, feel free to contact Family Care
Connection during office hours. A childcare coordinator will be happy to
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