Looking for a nanny in Jakarta? Finding the best help for your family can be daunting. You are welcoming another family member into your home and entrusting her with the care of your child. Read our guide to babysitters below so you know what to expect and how to handle certain situations.
You’ve finally passed the pregnancy, the birth, the confinement, and now we come to the stage where we need to find some help. The thought of finding a nanny can be as daunting as when you first found out you were pregnant. You will become overwrought with some fear and paranoia before entrusting your child in the care of this stranger. But fear not, we have a few sage advice that prepare you in knowing what to expect and helping you in the search for your newest family member: the nanny.
Before you hire a nanny
An idea about a nanny’s salary in Jakarta
Believe it or not, nannies that care for infants and toddlers have different salaries. Some suster (the common term for nannies or babysitters in Jakarta) prefer to only take care of infants, and may choose to leave after the child has grown to toddlerhood. Infant nanny salaries range from IDR 2,500,000 to IDR 3,800,000, while toddler nanny salaries range from IDR 2,500,000 – IDR 3,000,000. A very experienced nanny who only takes care of infants and has had more than 8 years of experience will be hitting the larger end of the price range. Anything above this is considered overpriced and you should be advised to look for other options to compare.
Don’t forget your basic background check!
Always be vigilant and do your homework. During your first interview, get a piece of paper ready and write down their list of previous work employers, the year they worked there, and contact numbers to call from. Do not take their word for it, and if possible, make a quick call to those numbers during the interview to see if the phone numbers check out. If you allow them time after the interview to give it to you, there is always the possibility that they could arrange for relatives to pick up the phone. If for example, during the interview you do a quick call and the numbers don’t work or the information doesn’t check out, this is your first red flag and you will need to find other options.
Where to hire a nanny in Jakarta
There are many points of reference when finding a nanny and yayasan is the typical place where all nannies come for hire. A well named yayasan means that they have previously trained all their employees in the handle of basic infant care but that doesn’t mean that good nannies always come from a yayasan. Read on below to sus out red flags. Things to note: a percentage of their salary usually goes back to the yayasan.
A makelar is an agent who usually helps you find the nanny you need. Once the nanny is for hire, a small fee of IDR 500,000 – IDR 1,000,000 is given to the makelar.
This is your best bet, and someone who has had experience of taking care of someone’s child in your family is your best point of reference. You will know exactly how her work ethic is and how she will best suit your family. Plus you can always ask your relative if they have had the chance to see her at work.
Reading red flags
It is difficult to not want to hold on to someone who is taking of your child especially if she’s doing it well, but if red flags appear, it is best to nip it in the bud to prevent you from having a bad experience. You will survive if you change nannies, so don’t be afraid to let her go if any of these red flags appear.
A jump in salary increase: For first time parents, getting attached to your first nanny is inevitable. Some nannies might even take advantage of this and will choose to leave after one month unless they get their salaries raised. As a rule of thumb, salary increases should only be 10% after 3 months of employment and then raised per year. If a nanny is asking for a salary jump that does not follow this rule of thumb, please be advised that this is a small threat and ultimately shows character. This is a time where you can call her bluff and let her go. Trust us, you are better off finding a different nanny rather than holding on to one who is already taking advantage of you.
Borrowing money: If you are the type that will not lend money, be vocal about it during your interview and let her know that you will not allow lending money. If you are the type who will be okay with lending money, be extra careful. Make sure the reason of borrowing your money checks out. What is the sum for? The explanation has to make sense and you will also need to do a simple logic check. For example, if it is for hospital bills for a relative, ask where the hospital is, the name of the relative and if need be, the KTP of said relative. If something is amiss, don’t ignore this red flag and turn down the offer of lending money immediately. We know this might sound a little excessive but it is better to be safe than sorry.