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Why Assess?

When you conduct a thorough assessment, you don't have to feel guilty or anxious about hiring because you know you've done all you can to find the best person.

 

With our assessment, she’ll be vetted more thoroughly, with less work, and you’ll finally achieve the stability and peace of mind you’ve been looking for.

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Proper assessment is crucial

Here's Why:

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Because the process you're using is filled with shortcomings

  • You are forced to rely on interviews, which notoriously lead to bad hiring decisions. All candidates naturally try to curate a favorable impression - they smile, act positively and tell you what they think you want to hear.

  • You are biased because you want to get this over with as quickly as possible! Hence, you are inclined to give a sweet girl the benefit of the doubt and hire her without looking for potential problems.

  • Even if your candidate were completely honest, she can't tell you what she doesn't know about herself, and it's these unconscious qualities that are most important (eg: What "triggers" her and why).

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Because your nanny can impact your child's attachment security

The fundamental goal of parenting is to raise a securely attached child. Secure attachment is correlated with all of the good things you wish your child to have:

  • Good behavior

  • High self-esteem

  • Positive relationships

  • Success at school and work

  • Emotional resilience

  • Sound physical and mental health

 

Raising securely attached children requires that those who spend significant time with them, particularly in the early years, provide predictable, consistent, sensitive care.​

 

Important aspects of positive childcare include:

  • Taking a genuine interest in the child as a unique individual with his/her own thoughts and feelings

  • Empathizing with the child's actual lived experience

  • Easily tolerating anger, fear, sadness and confusion in herself and the child

  • Maintaining a sense of curiosity about the "why" underlying the child's behavior rather than the right or wrong-ness of the behaviors themselves

The more time your nanny/au pair spends with your child, the more likely she is to impact the quality of your child's attachment pattern.

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Because you don't know what you're getting

  • Many nannies/au pairs, although nice, DO NOT exhibit the above characteristics. 

  • You can't predict the extent to which a candidate embodies these traits without assessing for them.

  • Even after you hire, if you aren't trained in this area, it is difficult to discern whether your nanny is exhibiting these important qualities with your child.

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Doing it?

Great Parents

Great parents want to give their children the very best of themselves. They honor their own true needs and limitations.

They surround their children with adults who are sensitive and trustworthy, because these people contribute to their children's well-being and attachment security. 

Raising well-adjusted, resilient, loving children is a serious task.

Don't leave it to chance!

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