Finding a nanny can overwhelming and a new experience for expats in Hong Kong. What parents need to determine for themselves are: “What are our main motivations for hiring a nanny?” Often times, it boils down to a family’s preferences.
In Hong Kong having a nanny or domestic helper means they need to reside in your home. This is unfamiliar territory for many expats. In reality, there are plenty of domestic helpers who don’t live with their employers under illegal circumstances which is very risky for them as well as the people who hire them.
Furthermore, employers are required to provide Domestic Helper Insurance as part of their legal obligation.
In addition to having a worker live on the premises, parents or employers need to be mindful their objectives. Do they only need a worker or someone to play a role in tutoring the children? Parents also need to keep in mind that not every nanny is qualified to take care of children.
SCREEN THE HELPERS YOU PLAN TO HIRE
It is crucial that the domestic worker or nanny’s background is thoroughly checked. When it comes to applicants, it is important that you know that your nanny, the person taking care of your children is clean. There are different paths you can go around to do these screenings.
There are four checks that The Nanny Experts recommend when hiring someone for child care.
- References – Verify previous employers and dates
- Qualifications – Nannies and childcare workers should have a minimum of first aid and CPR.
- Criminal Checks – Most agencies will check the last ten years of employment (Some will request that potential nannies have these documents from their home countries)
- Medical check
CONTRACT AND OTHER DOCUMENTS
Parents who are considering hiring a nanny need to be mindful of contract and work permit laws in Hong Kong. When it comes to the work contract, employers need to be direct about what they expect from the nanny. Be thorough about their job description when drafting their contract. It is essential that the nanny and the family have clear communication and respect for one another. When you write it out and go over the contract together you talk about these things. Communication is really important.
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