One of the characteristics in Dubai is that getting nanny at home is quite affordable compared to other parts of the world. Hiring a maid or housemaid to take care of your home and children is one of the most important decisions you can make as a parent in the UAE. While thousands of families do this, there are a lot of things to consider beforehand, as well as a bunch of documents you’ll need to make it all official. Here’s your step-by-step guide…
- Start off right
Before frantically taking to Google, take some time to think about exactly who it is you are looking for. List the qualities, qualifications and costs that suit you. Once you have a clearer idea of the type of nanny that’s right for your family, it’s time to decide how that person will fit into your daily routine. Consider whether you want someone part-time or full time nanny, live in or live out. Some families feel more comfortable having privacy and go for the live-out option, while other mums like the flexibility of having nanny on hand living in. Just remember, the only legal way to hire a helper part time is through an agency.
2- part time of full time nanny
You can opt for part time nanny service through many companies that offer nannies per hour, or you can use maid finder database to look for freelance candidates looking for part time nanny job. If you are looking for full time nanny below are your options:
If you choose to opt for full time nanny, Tadbeeris an option with plenty of Centers out there. Look of what they offer, nannies available in center or maids joining from abroad Speak to other mums for their recommendations on tried and tested firms.
Tadbeer centers provide many options, option 1 : they will offer maids under your direct sponsorship, in this package you will pay up front agency fee ranging from ( aED 4,000 up to AED 16,000 based on the nationality of the nanny) and sponsorship fees. Option 2: maid is available and already sponsored by the center, you will hire the maid on monthly basis and pay a lum sum monthly fees directly to Tadbeer.
Option 1 usually costs up front agency fee of AED 4,000 up to AED 16,000 based on maids nationality, maid salary and nanny sponsorship cost, while for option 2 the cost varies from AED 2,500 up to 5,000 and its inclusive of all maids expenses like salary, insurance, gratuity …etc.
This is a fantastic option regulated by Government (Mohre) but sometimes has its limition of having few maidscurrently available in center to choose from, has to wait a month if you decide to hire from abroad…etc
The direct approach
Lots of mums prefer to take matters into their own hands and hire a nanny direct. One great option is maidfinder.ae This huge online database offers one time registration fee, which gives you access to nannies of hundreds of ladies, and their contact details, as well as daily email alerts when new talent becomes available. Or you can also post your own ad outlining what you are looking for and let the candidates come to you. Memberships start from Dh280 and the company as well as sorting the visa on your behalf for an extra cost.
Facebook is another great resource with a few good groups to fall back on. Social groups like Real Mums Dubai are a great place to pick up recommendations from families who are happy to vouch for nannies they have used. This is particularly helpful when families are moving on from Dubai, but are leaving a great nanny behind.
Another good group is Mary Poppins Dubai where families can post ads looking for helpers and vice versa. Start your search early and give yourself plenty of time to find someone and introduce them to your home.
Now that you’ve decided that a help around the house will make life easier, particularly when balancing between your job, taking care of your children and your social life. You will have been through a variety of options, and you’ve decided that hiring a Nanny is the ideal option for you. We’re pleased to say that you have made an excellent decision, and that when approached with careful consideration, you can find nanny for your family.
If you have decided to hire nanny through maidfinder, here’s how it will work. First of all, you will search for a nanny and shortlist candidates CV’s. Following that you can begin the interview process. Once you are happy with your decision your nanny can start working with your family at your earliest convenience. If the nanny is not the perfect fit , then you can start the process again in searching for nannies CVs through maidsfinder site and re interview more candidates. The package of 2 months is uaully the perfect package that gives you plenty of time to keep interviewing newly added maids and nannies, do trials for a week or so until you land on the good fit.
In this article we are going to explore the various questions that you should ask when interviewing for the role of your nanny in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. These should help to prepare you for the procedure so that you can make a well-informed decision, so that you won’t have to go through the screening process all over again.
Background & Experience
- What is it that motivates them to do what they do? Try to find out how, why and when they became a nanny to find the right match for you.
- What is there background? It’s important to get a feel for what kind of environments they have worked in, what experience they have and how that can translate when working with your children.
- Ask about any previous jobs where they may have had a negative situation either with family members or work environment and how they handled it.
- An example of a situation where the nanny has to act for the safety of the children
- How well do they work under pressure?
- What will they do when it comes to encourage children for activities
- How would they handle naughty child.
- What their friends describe them in one word? Best and worst characteristics.
- What is their best memory with previous employers?
- Why they are here in the country and what are their aim in life.
- What was her childhood like? What she learned to avoid when dealing with children?
- What she can do best for the children she will handle?
In conclusion, trust your intuition. Usually you will know that this is the right person to hire once he or she walks through the door. Interview many nannies and do not settle for few interviews. It is always better to put some effort now than to have disappointment later for hiring a nanny that doesn’t fit.