Red Flags to Look for When Hiring a Nanny

For parents, hiring a Nanny is a crucial decision. Ensuring that a Nanny will give your children loving and safe care is very important. When you go through the process of interviewing Nannies, there’s not one formula that works for every family. Here are a few things to look out for:


Lateness happens. Sometimes the cause is something completely unpredictable and unexpected, but most times it is something that could have been prevented or considered ahead of time. This includes things like weather and traffic that should be calculated when planning the route to your home. This is especially important if it is a consistent issue.

Personality Disconnect

If your personality does not mesh well while hiring a Nanny, it will not end up being a successful match, regardless of how great her care is with your child. It can be hard to reject a Nanny that is a great fit in many other aspects, but keep in mind that you will be working with this person daily. If you are not going to enjoy forming a relationship with this person, it will probably not work out in the long run.

Not Engaging or Bonding With Your Child

A great Nanny is passionate about her profession and has a genuine love and enthusiasm for children. A Nanny who has no passion for children will not bond with yours. If your Nanny spends more time talking with you or doing other things rather than engaging with your child, this is a red flag. The Nanny should take an active interest in your child as this is the core of the job. This includes having a clear idea of the type of activities to do with children in your child’s age group. If she does not have a working knowledge of the age she is working with, your child likely won’t get what he/she needs.


When speaking with your Nanny, it is a big red flag if she contradicts herself often. If she says one thing one minute and something completely different an hour later, there is something amiss. You don’t want to be misled by someone who switches up constantly. She may not be truly reflecting what she thinks or the way she acts when you are not around.

The Hazel Agency

The Hazel Agency is a full-service estate staffing agency, nanny agency, house manager staffing agency, domestic staffing agency and more in Atlanta, GA. We receive hundreds of resumes, selecting only the top 10% of candidates to work with based on experience, education, and personality. We have developed a reputation for working with outstanding candidates and as a result, are able to fill the top positions in metro Atlanta. Contact us today!

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