How to Protect Yourself When Finding a Nanny Job

In light of the recent conviction of the 'Craigslist Murderer' Find the Best Nanny offers step by step guidelines to fnding a babysitting job safely.
By: Debbie Hipp
April 3, 2009 - PRLog -- Childcare can be a very rewarding career.   Many people today are looking for childcare jobs on sites such as Craigslist.   Unfortunately, in today’s world horrible incidents can happen.   Michael John Anderson was sentenced April 1, 2009 to life in prison without parole.   Anderson posted a fake ad on Craigslist for a babysitter.  Catherine Olson responded to that babysitting ad and was murdered for no reason.  Find The Best Nanny is an online nanny agency committed to helping nannies find babysitting jobs safely and end senseless crimes like this one.    
Find The Best Nanny is an internet company designed to help sitters and nannies find jobs.  The company was founded by Sharon Graff-Radell.  Graff-Radell is a leader in her industry and the Vice President of the International Nanny Association.   For over 20 years she has owned TLC For Kids, Inc., a nanny placement agency in St. Louis, MO.  
Find The Best Nanny is the only website designed by an industry expert who knows how to help nannies and sitters find jobs and keep them out of danger.   Graff- Radell advises, “there are steps a nanny or babysitter should take before meeting with a family or accepting a position.”   First, the nanny or sitter should talk to the family over the phone.  Ask the parent specific questions about their children and the job.  Second, and, most importantly, ask the parent for references.  Talk to neighbors or former childcare providers about the family.    After you have spoken with the references and you would like to meet the family do so in a public place.  Meet for coffee or go to the park.  Make sure you tell someone what you are doing and where you are going for the interview.  Remember, the motto is Safety First.   It is a good idea to see the home environment  but only after you have completed the first steps.   She also recommends to follow your gut, “if something doesn’t seem right inform the family that you are not interested in the position and politely thank them for their time.”
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