Before hiring a nanny or caregiver to come into the home, it’s a good idea to complete a nanny background check. This involves calling references to ask questions like start date, end date, why he or she left, if the individual takes directions well and how the person handled an emergency or difficult situation, if applicable. In addition, check qualifications like CPR training, and records like criminal, driving and education/certifications listed on the resume. Check to see if the state has a designated process to obtain child abuse clearances for people who will be working around children. If all of this seems like too much, consider hiring a service that can complete a comprehensive background screening.