4 Step Guide to Hiring

Are you looking to hire a nanny? Use these tools to narrow down candidates you believe may be a good and safe fit for your family.

Step 1: Browse caregivers

Use these tools to make a list of candidates you believe may be a good and safe fit for your family.

  • Online & In-Depth Profiles – Caregivers on can create in-depth profiles that include their work experience, education, availability, certifications, and requirements. View profiles to identify the caregivers who appear to best meet your needs.
  • Post a Job – Posting a job is the easiest way to find a caregiver on It allows you to outline the responsibilities of the job and the qualities you are looking for in a caregiver. Be specific about your requirements to help find the perfect candidate that fits your family’s needs.


Step 2: Narrow Your List

No to potential bad apples. Yes to the cream of the crop. Use our tools to help ensure you have quality candidates.

  • Online & Third-Party Checks – Perform your own independent search on candidates to narrow your list. Search the web for their name to see if there are any news articles about them. You should also try to locate them on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and other social networks.
  • Secure Messaging System – Send all of your initial messages through instead of using your personal email. That way, you only share your contact information if and when you feel comfortable.


Step 3: Interview Top Candidates

Only you will know if the fit feels right. So take your time to get to know your top candidates and decide whether they’d be a good, safe fit for your family. Trust your instincts.

  • Phone Interview – Conduct phone interviews with your top candidates. This will give you a better idea of whether the care provider is someone you would like to meet.
  • In-Depth Interview – After phone interviews, conduct face-to-face interviews with your remaining candidates. This will help you further determine how well each person will fit in with your family. Don’t be afraid to ask the tough questions.


Step 4: Determine Your Top Candidate with Reference Checks

Think you’ve found the one? Before hiring, take the time to look for information that wouldn’t come up during a phone screen or in-depth interview. Contact previous employers to learn more about your candidate’s past work experience. Remember, things will often come out of a telephone conversation that previous employers will not put in to a written reference.



  1. 4 Step Guide to Hiring
    Elizabeth | Sunday,April 06.2014

    I would strongly encourage those seeking to hire a nanny to ask the prospective candidates if they have a valid criminal record check allowing them to work with children (there are different levels of criminal record checks) or, if they would be willing to complete one. It is a simple process requiring them to go down to their local RCMP or Police detachment. If you never hear back from the candidate you have your answer. You are on-line dealing with complete strangers. The interview process is great but never perfect and people can interview well and still not be right for the job or, still be hiding something. References are great but you never know who you are actually speaking to and there is nothing more solid then a background check done by the police. Just by asking for one it shows prospective candidates that you are serious about your hiring process and that your are going to do all of your due diligence. This weeds out undesirable candidates. After all, this is your family – it is worth the extra time. I have been in the business of recruitment and selection for 14 years now and I know nothing beats a thorough selection process.Elizabeth

  2. 4 Step Guide to Hiring
    Seema | Saturday,May 09.2015

    Views: Based on my opinion I am impressed with Vancouver’s laws, in particular the Child Protection laws. I recognize the need for legislation and licencing requirements to protect children receiving care in either homes or licensed community care facilities. I support this deeply, as I have worked with the Child protection agency in my country for 7 years. During this time I conducted research and interviewed parents and children. The results were analyzed and used to develop effective programs geared at protecting children and providing the care they need. I am now in Vancouver on a program for two years. The requirements to be a nanny in Vancouver are ECE, CPR and working experience. I have observed that the costs are as follows.• ECE program – $14,500• Licence – $• Police Clearance – $35• Health report – $35$• EXPERIENCE….. Comments: Based on my observations It is difficult for someone who just moved to Vancouver to get a much needed job, and adjustments have to be made. I fully agree that for prospective employers to allow people into their homes for various jobs such as nanny, caregiver, etc, then it is necessary to request a criminal record check. I also feel that a mental health check by a psychologist should also be requested. I am also a mother. However, some may say that is not the type of experience they are seeking for their child. That is good as all parents have a right to select the right candidate for their child or children. The point I’m trying to make is that persons should not just stop at the criminal check and experience, but should go deeper. Recommendation: To employers Employers should call up WorkBC and talk to a caseworker, who can recommend a suitable candidate for employment based on their observations and interactions with the job seeker. It may be a good idea to request to see the employer’s criminal report as well to make sure they are mentally fit before going to work with them. Suggestion:Potential job-seekers should research what is the job description for the various jobs including babysitting and nanny and the differences between the two. Tips: For job seeker In order to effectively take care of someone’s child, place their needs before your own. All your focus and attention must be on that child’s needs and not yours, as their happiness and well-being is of utmost importance.

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