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Finding The Right Nanny

Finding the right nanny is a struggle for many families.

Finding the right nanny is a struggle for many families.

There is so much that is still unknown about the tragic death of Rehma Sabir, the Cambridge child who suffered massive head trauma, fractures, and possibly abuse before she died just a few days after her first birthday.

Prosecutors allege the family’s 34-year old nanny assaulted Rehma. The nanny is currently being held on $500,000 bail, and could face a murder charge once an autopsy is completed. The nanny never had a criminal record. But she did have previous run ins with the law, including an assault charge and two restraining orders.

This week, the Middlesex county DA released a statement saying, “Very few can fully understand the sorrow and pain that Rehma’s parents are enduring.” While that is absolutely true… many parents can understand the sudden sense of uncertainty, fear and worry about vetting care givers. How do you do it? Where do you look? Who has the time, the money, to take every last precaution before welcoming a care giver into your home?


Kara Baskin, writes the 24-Hour Workday, a parenting and family-life blog on Boston.com. You can read her tips on searching for childcare providers here.

Donna Levin, co-founder and vice president for Government Relations and Partnerships at Care.com.


Boston Globe Older injuries raise questions for nanny


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  • Sam

    There should be an easier way for parents to “report” people to Care.com or Sittercity.com when they know something bad about a provider who appears on these websites.  I tried doing this and it was so difficult that I just gave up.

  • Newton Resident

    Having an au pair is a great option.  For families with more than one child, it is less expensive than paying for daycare.  The au pairs are also screened and parents can skype with them and see their professional references.  Au pairs also have to make a considerable investment to become au pairs.  Au Pair in America is one of the best agencies.

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