So MH and I found a nanny that we were very happy with. The price was reasonable, her experience was great, her interview went perfectly. We left the interview telling her to send her references, and if they all checked out we would be interested in making her an offer. We also agreed she would come by last Friday (the 22nd) to see the house and meet the dogs and make sure that was all going to be okay. (The interview took place last Saturday - the 16th.) Well, we didn't hear from her until Sunday (the 23rd) and she did not respond to a phone call, text message, or email. When she emailed us on Sunday, she apologized for not responding sooner, but said she had to suddenly leave town because her grandfather was ill.
Do we give up on what we thought was the perfect nanny because she might be unreliable? How hard would it have been to send a quick text saying that she had a family emergency and would contact us soon? During the interview she told us that flakey people were one of her pet peeves, and she thought the most important tool for a parent/nanny relationship was communication. And yet, she did not communicate whatsoever.
Or do we believe that she had a family emergency, did not have time to contact us, and give her a second chance? This is my daughter, I need to feel comfortable with whoever is taking care of her. But we haven't found any nannies even close to as great as she seemed. What would you do?