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  • Went through an agency

    6 46.15%
  • Hired from friends/acquaintances' recommendations

    6 46.15%
  • Hired directly through message board or advertisements

    0 0%
  • Other (please explain)

    1 7.69%
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Best Method of Hiring a Nanny

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    southside852 is offline Registered User
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    agree w/carang - i don't find the word "helper" demeaning at all and that is what they are hired for official - a domestic helper. my son calls our helper, by her name and calls other helpers "ayi" which is auntie in chinese and how they are referred to in all of my son's classes in HK and in SIngapore.

    i think i would explore both routes of finding a helper. Perhaps first through word of mouth (see how many leads you get, talk to friends etc...) and then go to agency to help you with your search.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carang View Post
    that's because you are looking for part-time... you can't get a work visa for part-time work.
    Yes, that was the reason. But I was told sometimes 2 mothers who wanted to share a full-time nanny would work out an arrangement whereby one of them would sponsor the work visa.

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    that's illegal, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carang View Post
    that's illegal, though.
    I'm not sure. Perhaps it is. I don't know if work permits for "western nannies" are the same as foreign domestic helpers.

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    work permits, be they for helpers or for others, are for one specific employer. anyone on a work permit must get special permission from immig if they want to take up other part-time employment.

    it woudl be great if they made exceptions, but i honestly don't know if they woudl grant an exception or not.

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    Our first helper came with glowing recommendations from a friend, however, that turned out to be a complete disaster. For our current helper (our second), we interviewed a couple of helpers who were referred to us by friends, but in the end settled for a lady we interviewed through an agency. Touch wood, she seems to be working out really well.

    Like Southside852 mentioned, there are pros and cons to both methods. My husband just said it was, to an extent, luck of the draw with both methods as one person's perception/opinion as to how good a helper is can be very different to our own expectations and some helpers may not come across well in an interview but in fact are very good (and vice versa).

    Our current helper was actually the first lady the agency sent through to us to see, and we both liked her immeidately, but were so put off after our experience with our first helper that we interviewed another 8 helpers or so before we finally went back to the first lady and offered her a contract.

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    canadienne, I have sent you a PM.

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