Does she share the same views on childcare as you?
Sit down at the beginning of the employment and discuss everything, from smoking to boyfriends, making sure you are both clear about each others expectations.
Do your children get along with her – is the atmosphere around her happy, does she play naturally with the children.
Do you get along with her? Can you talk to her as an employer? Establish a good rapport. Before employing anyone spend a minimum of two days with them and the children. It’s really important that your children see that the person you are employing is trusted and liked by you.
After Qualifications, Experience and Reference Checks are all ok, go with your gut instinct. You should feel that you are forming a relationship based on trust, built on the foundations of references, recommendations, qualifications & experience.