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Instant Online Background Checks for Nanny's and Child Care Providers
Why should I bother to do a child care or nanny background check?
You can't always tell a persons ethical or social values by first impression.
It's extremely important to check into all child care providers that will be
looking after your child or children. For instance, in 2005, a nanny in
California received life in prison after killing 2 children by running them
over with her car! If a background check had been performed on Jimena Barreto
it would have shown 4 convictions of drunk driving!!! Do you want a drunk
driver watching your child? Jimena also had a suspended driver's license and a
fake insurance card when she was hired to watch children. Do whatever it takes
to protect your child, perform background checks on all child care providers, nanny's
and even baby sitters.
How to get started doing background checks on child care providers
Step (1) Ask permission! If they say no, obviously that's enough reason to
keep looking for another child care provider. From a legal aspect, every state has
different laws regarding performing background checks, but the U.S. Fair Credit Report Act
requires a potential employee to give their permission before a background check can
Step (2) If hiring a nanny or babysitter, use a employment application. Typically,
the standard application for employment should contain fields for name, current address,
driver's license number, education, previous employers and home addresses for the past
5 years. The employment application should also ask if the nanny or babysitter has ever been
convicted of a crime or had traffic violations. If you're looking into either a home child care
provider or a center, receive all this information for the owner or operator. You won't
be able to perform a background check on every employee but that should be the job of the
child care owner. Hopefully if the owner doesn't have anything of concern on his or her record,
then they're hiring competent teachers in their child care. You can also ask them if
perform background checks on their employees.
Step (3) Do a simple search using your a couple of search engines such as google, yahoo or
bing for the name of the nanny or child care provider owner / operator. If this step doesn't
turn up anything, it doesn't mean you should hire them to take care of your child! It only
means they haven't done anything serious enough to appear in news articles. A proper background
check will be a much better indicator of their ethical values.
Step (4) Perform a background check using online resources. The most basic services
cost around $40 to $60 dollars and should include a criminal check, social security verification
and address history. However, you get what you pay for, so a lot of these checks use outdated
databases or fail to capture the most important information. Luckily, there are a number of
more extensive services that include motor vehicle records, civil or criminal lawsuits, and
all sorts of other kinds of data. Some companies will even call neighbors or check out their
residence. These more advanced services usually start around $125 dollars, but you can't be
too cautious with your child's safety on the line. Detective agencies can also help you set
up hidden nanny cams in silk plants or other very tricky places. Below is a list of companies
offering background checks for nanny's, child care providers and babysitters. Please use these
services, because there's a 10% to 15% chance the background check will turn up some sort of
problem that would concern any parent!
Instant Background Checks includes criminal background check, property value, lawsuits, judgments, bankruptcy, liens and much more!
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