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Hello. I'm a mum with seven children under ten years of age. As you can imagine, all aspects of child care have become the centre of my life. Finding child-friendly products, appropriate play groups and suitable child care facilities are challenges I face on a daily basis. Of course, I'm much more relaxed now after seven children, and I know exactly what products, play groups, and facilities to look for. I figured that other parents might be able to use some of the hacks I've learnt along the way. I hope you find my entries entertaining and informative. Happy parenting!

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Better Planning: Child Care Tips From The Frontline

Tips On Finding The Right Nanny For A Child With ADHD

by Soledad Gomez

If you have a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you may have encountered difficulties in finding a babysitter or nanny. Many people are afraid of taking on a child with learning difficulties or behavioural problems, even for a relatively short period of time, and many don't stick around for long.

Here are some tips on how to find a reliable nanny for your child.

Where to look

Ask at school

It's a good idea to start your search for assistance at your child's school. The professionals there will be familiar with your child's challenges and may be able to recommend someone suitable.

Ask a good nanny agency

A good nanny agency will have people on their books who are experienced and trained in caring for children with various needs. An agency will shortlist and screen job candidates for you. This saves you the hassle of advertising the position and then interviewing dozens of applicants who might turn out to be unsuitable.

Advertise in the education department of local colleges

It may be worth placing an advert in the education department of your local college or university, noting that your child has ADHD. You may find an enthusiastic graduate who is looking for an opportunity to earn some money and work in a related field.

Briefing your nanny on their first day

Before you leave your child with the nanny on their first day, there are a few things you should do.

First of all, ask the nanny to arrive early to allow your child to show the nanny any favourite games or toys. Ask the child to suggest activities that they would like to do while you are out. This gives the nanny a good starting point, helps the child to understand that the nanny's presence is going to be fun, and relieves potential stress when you leave.

Make sure that you provide the nanny with an emergency contact number in case there's a problem.

When you get back, ask the nanny what went well during the day and establish if there were any problems. Make sure that they are happy to work through issues and appreciate that it may take time for your child to be fully confident with them. Make sure to also ask your child how they got on with their new nanny. Did they have a fun day? Did they like the nanny?

Finding a nanny who is suitable to care for a child with ADHD can be a challenge. Follow the tips above to find a nanny who will work well with your child.