I am looking for a nanny and don't want to use an agency. I am curious how to go about this. When I have worked through agencies, they have fulfilled my requests for a Polish laundress, an American nanny, etc. How much can I ask for? Are we immune from discriminatory practices? I know my friends use agencies and always specific the make and model of the nanny, for example "no Jamaicans" or "German or Irish". This is what I am looking for and since it is my home I know I have a right to have it, but don't want to offend anyone. I also don't want to waste the time of people who are not suited from responding to my post.
I am looking for an athletic and fit, not overweight, American born Citizen with a minimum of three years verifiable college work and three childcare references. I prefer that she is Catholic or is open to immersing herself in the Catholic teaching to help my special needs child through his catechism classes. Because we eat a non processed food, paleo diet, the person will need to understand this diet and how to cook this sort of food for the children. I also require someone who speaks at least one foreign language and someone who can understands HTML and coding. Finally, I do not want to hire someone over 55, but I want someone who's children are grown or over 16. I also need someone with a clean driving background, who has been driving for 15 years or more, a clean criminal check and someone who is comfortable working with non vaccinated children and using extreme discretion with any issues that come up with any part of the job. We have a collection of pets including a guinea pig, 2 gliders, 3 cats, a horny toad, a tarantula, hermit crabs, four sea turtles and a large fish tank. The person should be able to oversee the cleaning, playing and safekeeping of all of these without being squeemish. (No direct care provided by nanny).
I fear the age part could cause me the most problem, unless I word it just right. Help.