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The nanny background checks you need to do before hiring

When you’re hiring a nanny, you need to do a range of nanny background checks to confirm the person you are hiring is fit and suitable for the role.

When you’re hiring a nanny, it’s not only important to find the right person - someone who will fit seamlessly into your life and become an extension of your family - but you also need to do a range of nanny background checks. We need a nanny… but we need the right nanny. 

This is someone who will be caring for your children - you need to be sure they are 100% suitable for the job.

If you hire a nanny through a nanny agency, like mtime, they will handle all the nanny background checks for you. If you decide to go down a DIY path to finding your own nanny, these are the crucial checks you need to do.

Working With Children Check (WWCC)

Anyone who works with children is required to have a Working With Children Check. As an employer, it is your responsibility to make sure your nanny has this check. 

The WWCC involves a national police check and criminal history record check as well as a review of reportable workplace or professional misconduct.

Once it has been issued, the check is valid for five years.

Police check 

While a WWCC does include a police check, it only shows the suitability of a person to work with children. It will not reveal any unrelated criminal history.

For this reason, another nanny background check you need is a recent (no older than three months) police check.

First Aid certificate

A First Aid certificate isn’t so much of a nanny background check as it is peace of mind for you that your nanny will know what to do in the case of an emergency. 

The certificate should be no older than three years old and the nanny should have done a CPR refresher in the last 12 months.

If your nanny doesn’t have a First Aid certificate, you should require this as a condition of employment.

Australian citizenship or working rights

As an employer you are required to confirm the rights of your employees to work in Australia. If the nanny is an Australian citizen, you will need to see their Australian passport or birth certificate. For permanent residents you will need to see evidence of this.

If the nanny is not Australian, you will need to confirm they have the appropriate working rights and Australian visa. Not all visas give the right to work in Australia so if you are unsure you can check online via the Department of Home Affairs. 


It doesn’t matter what job you are recruiting for, reference checks should always be part of the process. You need to speak with people who have previously worked with the person you are thinking of hiring. 

You should speak with at least two references the nanny provides you, ideally families they have worked with in the past. 

Ask about their work ethic and confirm any information the nanny has given you about their experience and skillset. Usually a reference is a simply a sense check but the reason you should do them is they can sometimes raise alarms that can prevent you from making a bad hire.

Leave your nanny background checks to the experts

At mtime, we handle the entire hiring process from finding candidates to nanny background checks, insurance, pay, communication and more. We give you the peace of mind you need that your nanny, or Moncierge as we call them, is the right person for the job.

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