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The whys, hows and whats of a caregiver

By Lin Shujuan (China Daily)
Updated: 2009-09-24 09:38

Lily Zhang, 35, a public servant in Fujian province

How many nannies have you ever hired and for what purpose: Six. I hired them for both babysitting and housekeeping.

Where do you find nannies: Through intermediary institutions.

How many minutes a day on average do you spend talking to your nanny: I only meet with my nanny for about an hour after work and talk with her only for a couple of minutes a day.

What do you look for in a nanny: The nanny should care about my kid, while being honest, dutiful and taciturn.

How would you rate your current nanny

(0 for extremely dissatisfied, 100 for extremely satisfied): 70.

Han Yingjian, 48, an engineer and manager from Hebei province

How many nannies have you ever hired and for what purpose: Eight. I hired them to look after my parents.

Where do you find nannies: Through some housekeeping service companies.

How many minutes a day on average do you spend talking to your nanny: I don't talk much with her.

What do you look for in a nanny: Honesty, excellent character and hard work.

How would you rate your current nanny: About 80.

Cheng Chuande, 75, a retired veteran cadre in Beijing

How many nannies have you ever hired and for what purpose: 11. The first three nannies were hired to look after my children, and the later ones to do housework and prepare meals.

Where do you find nannies: Most of them were introduced by my friends.

How many minutes a day on average do you spend talking to your nanny: We treat our nannies like family. They live and eat with us, so we talk a lot every day.

What do you look for in a nanny: She should be honest and a good housekeeper.

How would you rate your current nanny: 85.

Sky Kim, 26, a South Korean student in Beijing

How many nannies have you ever hired and for what purpose: Three. I hired nannies mainly for housekeeping and cooking.

Where do you find nannies: Through advertisements posted around the University of International Business and Economics (in Beijing). I would also hire one recommended by my former nanny.

How many minutes a day on average do you spend talking to your nanny: I spend little time talking with my nanny. I only talk with them about their salaries.

What do you look for in a nanny: First, I will consider the price. Second, her cooking ability. Third, the nanny should be a middle-aged auntie with a good reputation in the circle.

How would you rate your current nanny: Somewhere between 75 and 80.

Yang Hongxia, 35, an IT practitioner in Beijing

How many nannies have you ever hired and for what purpose: I have hired about 20 to 30 nannies working on an hourly basis and three who have worked and lived with us.

Where do you find nannies: Through agents or friends' recommendations.

How many minutes a day on average would you spend talking to your nanny: It really depends. Some nannies are very talkative, and I will spend more time chatting with them. The average time, I think, is two hours a day.

What do you look for in a nanny: Experienced, cleanliness and honesty.

How would you rate your current nanny: 80.