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As parents and legal guardians, one of the top priorities is keeping your children healthy, happy, and safe. Whether you work, go to school, or just need a break, hiring a nanny can be a big help for busy parents and legal guardians. Nannies have an important job, which is to take care of your child. To ensure you are hiring someone who is trustworthy, reliable, and professional, it’s recommended that you run a background check on potential nannies. You can never be too sure when it comes to your child’s safety and well-being. Keep reading to find out why nanny background checks are important.

Background Checks Can Give You Peace of Mind

In the past few decades, there have been scary reports of children being neglected or even harmed by nannies. No parent or legal guardian wants their child to be in harm’s way. This is why conducting a background check on a potential nanny is a good idea. You will know exactly who this person is, their history, and what other clients say about them. With this knowledge, you can have peace of mind on whether this person is a good fit for your family’s needs.

What Do These Background Checks Cover?

Like other screenings, a nanny background check will confirm a person’s identity, job qualifications, and references, as well as identify any previous criminal records. 

Is the Nanny Honest?

By hiring a private investigator (PI) to run a background check on a potential nanny, you will be provided with essential information to confirm their identity. You can use this background check information to compare it with the nanny’s application information. This vital information will determine if your potential nanny is who they say they are. The last thing you want is a dishonest person taking care of your child.

Private Investigators will verify the nanny’s:

  • First and last name
  • Social security number
  • Date of birth

Does the Nanny Have a Criminal Record?

During the background check process, a private investigator will look for any criminal records. Most people do not want potential clients to know about their past crimes. After all, this could lead to a missed opportunity for them. However, parents and legal guardians can find this hidden information by getting a background check on potential nannies. If any red flags are discovered, parents and legal guardians will know that these individuals are likely not the best choice for their children’s nanny.

Is the Nanny Qualified?

Did you know licensed nannies should provide verification that they have received a variety of training to properly take care of your child and keep them safe? If they claim to be licensed, but do not have any proof, this is a red flag. Luckily, a PI can confirm whether a potential nanny is indeed qualified and has relevant training. Indeed, potential nannies without a license are usually less professional and could possibly neglect or harm your child.

What Do Past Clients Say About the Nanny?

This is a key part of any good nanny background check. Private investigators can find and determine whether client testimonials and references are authentic. Unfortunately, some people make up their references, which is not a good way to gain potential clients’ trust. PIs can help parents and legal guardians find out how other clients’ children were treated and how professional the nanny was to the family.

As you can see, nanny background checks can help you find the best nanny for your family. This is someone who is honest, reliable, qualified, and professional and doesn’t have an unstable past with crime or dishonesty. If you are in the market for hiring a nanny, it is a good idea to hire a PI to run a background check on this person. For most people, you will find that the results are positive and match what the nanny has shared with you. However, it’s better to be 100 percent sure when it comes to your children’s safety. Contact PATRIOT Backgrounds and Investigations today to learn more about our background checks and other services.