When a family decides to hire someone to care for their child with special needs, they are making an important decision that could have lasting effects on the child and the family as a whole. When a family engages PFC to assist in this process, we understand the monumental importance of this decision and do our very best to not only offer our support and guidance, but to provide each family with access to some of the best and the brightest special needs caregivers in the industry. Through our collective experiences, we have learned some of the key aspects of hiring the perfect nanny.
1. Ask the Right Questions
Not only should a family ask general questions about the Candidate's past experiences, the family should also ask targeted questions about the family's current dynamics. The goal of these behavior-specific interview questions is to ascertain how the Candidate will respond to the specific needs of the family. During PFC's initial interview with the family, our team will help the family develop goals for the Candidate and create specific questions aimed at the family's needs.
2. Meet the Children!
Some families prefer to interview Candidates while the children are not around. While we respect the family's decision, we advise against it. It is vitally important for each Candidate to spend some quality time with each child and for the parents to observe the Candidate's interaction with the children. Without having these moments, the parents are potentially setting the Candidate up for failure.
3. Match the Specific Skills and Training
Because families choose PFC to assist in their childcare needs, families will interview only candidates that have the specific skills and experiences that match the needs of the child. If the child has autism, for example, PFC will send the family Candidates who have training in ABA therapy and other developmental modalities. Even though all Candidates will be fully qualified, families are encouraged to inquire into the Candidates specific training to ensure their needs are met.