Start by google name searching the references to verify the reference information is accurate and in alignment with what the nanny has told you. This can be very helpful in identifying a fake reference. When calling the references, ask questions that are directly related to how they met and their work experience. Reference checks are a crucial part of the screening process. Don’t skip this step. References provide valuable insight into a nanny’s personality, trustworthiness, and work ethic. Not sure what to ask? Here are some questions to ask the references:

Nanny Reference Check Questions:

  • How long did the nanny work for you?
  • How did you find the nanny?
  • How many children did the nanny care for? What were their ages?
  • What were the nanny’s duties & job responsibilities?
  • Did you find the nanny to be punctual and reliable?
  • Did the nanny work independently or was there a hands-on parent around?
  • Was the nanny a self-starter or did they need a lot of guidance? 
    • Can you elaborate more on that? 
    • What are some examples when they showed initiative?
  • How well did the nanny follow your preferred parenting/discipline style and children’s routines?
  • How would you describe the nanny’s personality? Was she upbeat, high energy or quiet and more reserved?
  • Does the nanny have good communication and listening skills? Do you feel they kept you informed and updated?
  • How well did the nanny take feedback? 
  • Why did the nanny leave?
  • Would you hire the nanny in the future?
  • Would you recommend the nanny to a close friend or relative?
  • Were you satisfied with the nanny’s level of professionalism and job performance? Are there any areas that you feel the nanny needs improvement in?
  • Tell them a little about your position. Do you think the nanny would be a good fit for this position?
  • Is there anything else you’d like to share?