Whether your needs are for a full-time caregiver or occasional babysitter, doing the work to complete a nanny background check can go a long way. While some online sources will conduct pre-screening, when hiring on your own, the background check, including criminal records check, identity verification, and verification of employment history and qualification, is up to you. Keep in mind that you must comply with certain standards and limitations based on the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), including getting the employee’s permission in writing when conducting a background check using a third party. Searches can include criminal records like pending charges, past misdemeanors or felony convictions and past charges that were acquitted or dismissed. Other vital information includes driving records, sex offender registry and child abuse and neglect records. Verifying a babysitter’s identity can be done through the Social Security Administration (SSA) website or the E-Verify system for legal eligibility to work and review of a government-issued ID. Consider also asking about CPR and first aid training, swimming ability and child care credentials. Another great way to verify qualifications is to check the caregiver’s references.