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December 28th, 2012

In addition to traits any Nanny should possess, what makes a good overseas Nanny is a unique set of interests, personality traits and background. How will she cope with learning a new culture, while getting to know your family? What criteria should you look for when interviewing? How can you ensure that your children benefit the most from having an overseas Nanny? In this article, we share top tips for finding a good overseas Nanny. First, a lot of the same criteria used to assess a local Nanny will apply. She should have a relevant academic background, such as a degree in Education, for example. However, it will take more than just a good education to be an effective Nanny overseas. One of the first areas to explore are her interests. The right motives will propel her to overcome the challenges of living abroad. A natural curiosity about other cultures, a sense of adventure and a passion to travel will ensure she sees these challenges as opportunities and responds well to her new environment. Ideally, she should not be overly attached to the United Kingdom, and she should have strong professional aspirations aligned with an overseas position. Look for someone who is interested in gaining international experience to diversify their CV and for career progression. Taking an international position should be something she has been planning to do, as part of her own career path. Someone who already has at least one year experience working internationally will likely have compatible career goals, as well as the ability to work effectively in your country. An overseas Nanny will also need key characteristics that enable her to adapt quickly so that she can begin helping with the little ones right away. Here are a few traits you can easily assess during the interview. When talking to her, does she appear relaxed? When presenting her with the job requirements, is she amenable? Does she seem mature? You should also explore how she will impact and relate to your children. An overseas Nanny could enrich your child’s life. Someone who can bring insights about a culture that cannot be found within your own country would be a real asset. Also look for links to your own country. For example, did she attend university in your country? Does she speak the country’s language fluently? Or perhaps have a cultural connection to your country? These links may make the transition smoother and allow her to relate more easily to the little ones. An overseas Nanny could provide your children with an exciting and enriching intercultural experience, while taking care of their everyday needs and bringing new perspectives to your family. While choosing an overseas Nanny may be challenging, these practical tips can help you make the best choice for your family.

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