Conducting a background check before hiring a nanny can be time-consuming and overwhelming, but it’s important that the hired person can be trusted. The first step is to get the candidate’s permission to begin screening, as well as their full, legal name, social security number, driver’s license number, three references and, if desired, immunization records. There are four categories that should be considered when beginning the vetting process: 1. A Google search that could bring up red flags like racist, sexist or discriminatory behavior, 2. A social media check, 3. State and national background checks and 4. Driving records and child protection services. Checking in with references can confirm that all of the details that were found or not found throughout the process are accurate and true.