Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

Nannies & Live-In Caregiver Related QuestionsLive-in Nanny Questions

For your convenience, we’ve listed the questions most frequently asked by our clients relating to “Nannies & Live-In Caregivers with Apple Nannies”. If you still have something that needs answering, we’re just an email or phone call away!

How are Apple Nannies screened?

Trustworthy, qualified, experienced and caring candidates for “nanny-hood” aren’t just nice to have – they’re a must. All Apple Nannies are interviewed and reviewed before we even post their profiles on our website. If we couldn’t trust a nanny with our own children or elderly parents, they don’t become an Apple Nanny.

Some of the criteria we use to screen our nannies include:

  • Personality tests that gauge a prospective nanny’s love of children, sense of responsibility and reasoning in various situations.
  • English proficiency in reading, writing, and spoken communication.
  • Experience and education, including references that are verified by the Canadian High Commission.
  • A medical examination conducted by a doctor approved by the Canadian consulate.
  • A criminal record check and clearance through the nanny’s respective embassy.

Additionally, you will have the opportunity to interview your potential nanny to determine your own personal comfort level and vibe you get from the individual.

Are all of your nannies live-in nannies?

Yes, we exclusively handle live-in nanny placement. This is a requirement of the Canadian Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) – a program we specialize in.

Besides caring for my loved ones, what kinds of duties can my nanny help with?

A great nanny is wonderful – not only for giving devoted care to infants, children and elders – but also for helping around the home. Depending on your arrangement, your nanny can feed and walk pets, prepare family meals, help with light housekeeping (like dishes, laundry, tidying playrooms or watering plants), be available to accept deliveries, help your kids get to and from school or playdates, and be available to mind the children at night so you and your spouse can have a much-deserved date night (remember those?).

Naturally, you will need to keep in mind that you must follow Canadian labour laws and pay your nanny for all hours worked (and pay an overtime rate if applicable). You also need to be respectful of your nanny’s personal life and time – be sure to ask, with enough notice, if working irregular hours can be arranged.

Who are Apple Nannies?

All of our nannies are experienced, reliable and professional caregivers who speak English fluently. Almost all of our nannies are Filipino nannies who are currently working in Hong Kong and Taiwan, where opportunities are typically better than their native Philippines. These educated nannies are eager to come to Canada for a better future for themselves and their families – in the same spirit that most of our own ancestors came to this country.

This might sound rude, but when my nanny is off duty, can I request that they let us be? I want to have private time with my family.

Above all, your nanny is a person who should be treated with respect and dignity. That said, your desire to have private family time is understandable and normal. When you are in the process of hiring a nanny, we can help work with you to establish ideal situations, house rules and living arrangements that work for everyone in advance. In many cases, families have arranged for the nanny to have a well-equipped room (or even a basement suite) so that the nanny’s room is a welcome place of sanctuary (while nannies adore the people in their care, they need their breaks and value their own private time, too!) rather than a lonely place to lock themselves away at the end of the day. We’ve actually found that many nannies like to go out once their workday is complete. As part of our service to them, we help connect Apple Nannies with other nannies, so should they not already have local family or friends, they have the beginnings of a social network.

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How are Apple Nannies screened?

Trustworthy, qualified, experienced and caring candidates for “nanny-hood” aren’t just nice to have – they’re a must. All Apple Nannies are interviewed and reviewed before we even post their profiles on our website. If we couldn’t trust a nanny with our own children or elderly parents, they don’t become an Apple Nanny.

Some of the criteria we use to screen our nannies include:

  • Personality tests that gauge a prospective nanny’s love of children, sense of responsibility and reasoning in various situations.
  • English proficiency in reading, writing, and spoken communication.
  • Experience and education, including references that are verified by the Canadian High Commission.
  • A medical examination conducted by a doctor approved by the Canadian consulate.
  • A criminal record check and clearance through the nanny’s respective embassy.

Additionally, you will have the opportunity to interview your potential nanny to determine your own personal comfort level and vibe you get from the individual.

Are all of your nannies live-in nannies?

Yes, we exclusively handle live-in nanny placement. This is a requirement of the Canadian Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) – a program we specialize in.

Besides caring for my loved ones, what kinds of duties can my nanny help with?

A great nanny is wonderful – not only for giving devoted care to infants, children and elders – but also for helping around the home. Depending on your arrangement, your nanny can feed and walk pets, prepare family meals, help with light housekeeping (like dishes, laundry, tidying playrooms or watering plants), be available to accept deliveries, help your kids get to and from school or playdates, and be available to mind the children at night so you and your spouse can have a much-deserved date night (remember those?).

Naturally, you will need to keep in mind that you must follow Canadian labour laws and pay your nanny for all hours worked (and pay an overtime rate if applicable). You also need to be respectful of your nanny’s personal life and time – be sure to ask, with enough notice, if working irregular hours can be arranged.

Who are Apple Nannies?

All of our nannies are experienced, reliable and professional caregivers who speak English fluently. Almost all of our nannies are Filipino nannies who are currently working in Hong Kong and Taiwan, where opportunities are typically better than their native Philippines. These educated nannies are eager to come to Canada for a better future for themselves and their families – in the same spirit that most of our own ancestors came to this country.

This might sound rude, but when my nanny is off duty, can I request that they let us be? I want to have private time with my family.

Above all, your nanny is a person who should be treated with respect and dignity. That said, your desire to have private family time is understandable and normal. When you are in the process of hiring a nanny, we can help work with you to establish ideal situations, house rules and living arrangements that work for everyone in advance. In many cases, families have arranged for the nanny to have a well-equipped room (or even a basement suite) so that the nanny’s room is a welcome place of sanctuary (while nannies adore the people in their care, they need their breaks and value their own private time, too!) rather than a lonely place to lock themselves away at the end of the day. We’ve actually found that many nannies like to go out once their workday is complete. As part of our service to them, we help connect Apple Nannies with other nannies, so should they not already have local family or friends, they have the beginnings of a social network.

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