Can anyone refer a Phillipino Nanny / House Maid?
Finding the right Nanny for our kids is a pretty important desicion for us, and I was hoping that some of you more experienced expats may be able to help.
We are a newly resident family from America, and need to find a Nanny for our four children. We are looking for full time, live in help, we live near the ASD school on Al-Waab street not to far from Khalifa stadium.
We are offering a good salary, and intend to treat our help well, in return we are looking for a hard worker that can keep up with the daily effort of looking after 4 kids, and keeping the house in shape.
If you can ask your own help for referrals I would appreciate it, my contact info is 686-5063, and I would like to start interviewing immediately.
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We will be moving to Doha end of the month, we need to get a housemaid (live in or live out) to help with the house chores and cook for the family (2 adults and 3 young kids). Greatly appreciate your kind advice.
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My sister needs a job as housemaid. she can join immediately if you are willing to sponsor her visa. she is currently in the Philippines. Her name is Gemma Sajulga, call her at +63 916 927 6452.
Hi there... can anyone of you help us to look for a housemaid. our current housemaid is going back to her country. we are looking for a housemaid urgently who can join us latest by 01st June 2011 till 07th July as we are going on vacation. i would be thankful if anyone can help us.
I disagree about ethiopean maids - we had one who was simply excllent with everything: kids, cooking, cleaning, ironing, etc, let's not generalise.
No one can gurtantee that Indonesian is better Filipina or visa versa, I had a very bad experience with the last 3 indonesian maids. However, i have another freind who had his indonesian madis for the last 3 years doing perfect jobs!
in the other hand some people are happy with Filipina, Ethiopian or Srelinkan..
Again all depends on your luck
I JUST WANT TO LET U KNOW THAT A LOTZ OF FILIPINA NANNIES ARE EXCELLENT I CAN ASURE YOU THAT.THEIR CLEAN AND NET YOU'RE JUST UNLUCKY TO HAVE FILIPNA NANNY WHO SCAPED BECAUSE SHE HAS BOYFRIEND, MAY I KNOW THE NAME THAT NANNY MAYBE I CAN HELP YOU TO FIND HER.THANK U VERY MUCH
In an ideal world, yes.. at least one parent should be at home with the kids. You obviously have a blessed life- and your comment was incredibly short sighted. Is it not evident to you how much care is being taken to find the right person??
I don't know where you are from but believe me.. I know very few families that can afford to live like this. Bully for you if you can.
I'm not sure of the rules in Qatar, but in UAE the host is responsible for all of the actions of those they sponsor. If the maid uses her day off to sleep around and gets knocked up, then the host is responsible for all of the expenses involved with the pregnancy and delivery. As well, since there are such stringent rules against premarital relations there may be other problems that the host may face for allowing their sponsored person to engage in these activities. This is the reason that many maids have not had days off, at least in UAE. However, the labor ministry has ruled that they should have at least one day off per week. If they want the maids to have more time off, then they should also remove the sponsor from any responsibility for her actions in her time off. If she wants to sleep around and get pregnant, then she should have to face the consequences of her actions herself.
Seems to be everybody's favourite topic. My filipino maid absconded last year in July and we have still not managed to get a suitable replacement. We have decided that this time around it will be a Sri Lankan maid and we are waiting for the maid to join us. I agree with all the comments regarding filipino maids - they are great with cleaning but not good with children, they are proud, weekend offs are a must, they come from broken families and quickly build social networks and find boyfriends once they are here. One reads of maids being tortured etc in the houses of some of the locals; but if you ask expats you will hear a different story. My maid would read out the relevant line in her contract everytime we questioned her about any behaviour which we did not agree with - for eg if she came home late- after 9pm - on friday - her weekly off. It is only when my maid absconded that I realised that there is no mechanism in place to track absconding maids. It is a win-win situation for the maid- she gets many part time jobs with different families who do not know/do not care that she is absconding - she makes more money from these jobs and she has her freedom to do all the fun things she wanted to do - like party, spend time in night clubs etc. The employer/sponsor has to start all over again - look for another maid and also find someone to assist in the interim. While an employee working for an organisation has to go through tiresome processes to move from one employer to another, the maids have no such problems and the person who got them into the country is left to deal with the problem.
I was chatting to a lady in my building who has a maid and i asked her if the made has a day off and her response was "no why should she" I'm a stay at home mum off two and i love my kids dearly but even I need a time off to "recover form my kids and housework"(thankfully my husband obliges), so i can imagine why they are resentful. A happy employee is a happy worker and i would want a happy employer in helping looking after my kids. I just sincerely hope that people who do have maids treat them well and put them selves in their postion, which i some people do, but for those who dont, please consider..
I totally agree with nadt. I specially have a disliking for those who make their maids work 24/7. I even hate those bloody bastard biatches who make the maids carry their lazy kids all the way on the corniche. Why the hell cant you put your kids in a stroller.
with what you said. The sooner this country removes it's sponsorship rules the better for everyone (but I'm not going to hold my breath for that to happen) because then people will begin to get paid real market rates for their services...no matter if it's a maid, a driver, teaboy, or an executive for that matter. What the people who want this sponsorship rule to stay in place don't realize (read don't care about) is that everyone who is an expat left something to come here that they may not be able to get back when they go back to their home countries. And when they are then told 'hey, you work for me now and I own you' unless you go back to your own country again one begins to feel like a captive. Can I go back to my career back in the US again easily? No, not really...I will have to justify my career move to a third world country and have to convince hiring managers that the lax work ethics prevalent in these countries hasn't permeated into my own behavior...and that may be a tough sell. I would recover, but perhaps the financial gains I may have made here (and make no mistake...we are only here for the tax free income otherwise we would be nuts to stay) would be lost after a few months of unemployment looking for meaningful work back home. Ahh...sweet liberty, sweet sweet liberty...how I miss thee.
vegas..totally agree..god bless them for all their hard work and effort and i sincerely hope all maid reach a stage and are in a postion where they dont have to serve anyone but themselves......
God bless the maids and nannies...
You can't teach experience...
After reading this thread im just glad that i am fortunate enough that i dont have to work as a maid where im reffered to as an "absconder, lazy,etc etc after having been forced to leave my country , my family and some even their children to serve people for "peanuts". I know that some people will say at least they can work and support the family etc and its true but if a woman "absconds" its because she doeant have a choice to "resign as most of us do". SOme bring their boyfriends home its because they are human to and have feelings like we all do and some dont have anytime off. I'm not saying people on this thread arent treating their maids nice or anything, im just saying that its sad for some people in this life who have to work 24/7 not get paid much...thank god i am not in this position and sympathise with the maids who are in this position...
You gonna pay her visa???
You can't teach experience...
we need maid not to care about kids ! We need more time for kids and that time ,cleaning, moping, cooking, ironing and all that routine work in house take all time from us so thats why we need made to do that and to leave me to have time for my kids
I know you message is from August but if you are still interested in helping a family with babysitting/cleaning please get in touch with us (we are a russian-speaking family) - please call 412-6916 Natasha.
When in Doha, do as the Dohaians do.
Who is overpaid?
The root cause is getting over paid...
its not that there is no time to do all the work
ppl have forgotten that work is worship
If you can't change your fate, change your attitude.
Good question Hummers_rock. It's gonna be a culture shock having to cook dinner, set the table, clear the table, do the dishes, etc. I dont know if I can take it....but I'll do my best.
We hope to not have a housemaid for the last 6 months we are in Doha to ease the transition out of fairy land.
wow...what are you people going to do when you return back to your home country?...it sounds like your bargaining for cattle!
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Unabashedly I'll admit that talking about housemaid business is my favourite forum topic.
(1) Golden Man 442-4487
(2) Agency 432-2355
(3) al-Dakhan 572-2922
(4) al-Wacal 432-2355
(5) Jassim dec. 447-7305
(6) Rose services 469-7711
(7) Jassim Group (near tilting R/A), no phone
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It's too bad, Just Me, that Lucy stood you up like that. I think she is picky. I know an Eimee (or Ainee, sounds like Annie) who works on my compound. She's a sister to one of the Filipina spouses living on the compound. This Ainee seems quite and I doubt would want to go to another compound. It is unfortunate they are almost as racist as others are in this country.
After my last contact falls through, I'll be looking at an agency as well. I apologize for my brazen thoughts but I'd recommend against sponsoring a Filipina housemaids: they are most expensive (isn't it QR1200 now?), most likely to have (or develop) boyfriend baggage, be the proudest/pickiest, and you'll always have weekend/day off problems with her. I'm goin' Sri Lankan or Indonesian to pre-empt all this above.
Are other nationalities treated differently? For a future Sri Lankan/Indonesian housemaid, I hope to apply for a visa approval letter from Immigration office. Then, I'll get a housemaid visa. After the lady arrives here, she'll have to do the battery of tests.
can someone tell me please what do i need to get a housemaid from the philippines which i already know. I heard that some kind of medical test has to be taken in philippine, is that right? or i just need to send her the visa so she can come?
I always tell the truth, even when I lie
Can anyone provide phone numbers for an agency? I have visited only one, Golden manpower, they had the CV's of just 7 filipina house maids, all first time maids. Any other agencies out there?
baedaebok, Lisa backed out of the interview, saying she already had a full time position, and referred her friend Aimee whom I did interview, I suspect she is an absconder, and has lots of baggage, will work only for white folks, wants part time etc. Same story differnt maid.
With regards to the question on why have 4 kids if you dont want to look after them... I can attest that having a helping hand (especially with 2 babies, and 2 primary kids) can make you a better parent, it frees up more time to take the older kids to sports practice, lessons etc, and allows for more quality time with your younger ones rather than pulling your hair out trying to keep up with all 4, clean the house, cook dinner etc. My wife stays at home, and can handle the job (house is immaculate, kids clean etc) but we dont get to go out for dinner at night, leaving the house in general is a major hassle. Try having a Nanny before you bash it. We thought the same thing, and in fact refused having a maid when we had 2 kids, we have been converted now.
Most agencies have a trial period of three months.
My friend took a new maid recently from Ethiopia, she is very nice but in the beginning she didn't want to do this or that. My friend is very relaxed with the maid but told her clearly if she doesn't want to do the job she can go back to the agency, simple as that.
Make sure the agency has the policy where you can exchange a housemaid that doesn't work out with a new housemaid.
Good Morning All,
the same issues keep croping up about the maids. Although from the realistic point of view Philippinas are very good and great with kids, they are carrying baggage.
Many of them because they have studied and feel their position is beneath them and many of them because they have no expereince at all, and many of them because they have children to support and have broken marriages but can't be divorced.
If they have free time they will meet up with their own people (which is natural) but then connections start. This is an issue in Qatar because each person who will sponsor a maid has one visa only. If the maid absconds it will be difficult to get another visa for a new maid.
The agencies will not go down with their fees and it is up to you to train the maid so she will comply with the job description she gets from you.
Don't blame a maid because of her behaviour you are the employer and you are the one responsible for teaching the maid her duties.
Check the credentials of the maid before accepting her, the agencies have photos and also CV's of the maid, if they don't you are in the wrong agency!
I totally agree that a full-time stay-at-home parent (SAHP) is the best way to go. If most children had a SAHP when growing up, many of the world's problems would be gone. However, many families need a double-income or both spouses want to work. In my case, in terms of income, my wife doesn't need to work. But she wants to work because she says she's going crazy staying at home all day with our daughter. She still loves our daughter with her whole heart but she wants to get out of the house. Attending women's meetings or visiting people doesn't qualify for getting out of the house. SOme women are like this and this is why they want to work (I think!).
If both parents want to work, I think they need to spend as much time as possible with their daughter or son after work. This should mean forgoing anything that doesn't involve their son/daughter in a meaningful way. If they want to work, sur go ahead. But you've got to spend ALL your free time with you children...if you want them to grow up confident and loving.
totally agree with that Lynnie...your children need your time most of all.
Love is the answer...
Does no one take care of their own children now a days? I mean daycare is one thing b/c it is only for time you are at work...but a live in nanny is too much. If you can't take care of 4 kids alone then don't have 4 kids.
I've been lookin' around Doha for an Indonesian/Sri Lankan friends and haven't found anyone yet. I'm even asking friends from those countries but no luck so far.
Just Me, how did the interview with Lucy go? She has a lot of experience and references. But her attitude and lateness kept me from hiring her.
It looks like I'm gonna have to slap down that QR6000 in an agency's face and ask them to get me a housemaid. At least there's an exchange-guarantee for the first three months.
Personally, I'm glad I got involved in sponsoring a Filipina housemaid. Many hassles but I now have insight (others would call it cynicism and bad attitude) into this business of sponsoring people from a developing country. Many of my colleagues avoided sponsorship but I feel it has been a great experience.
I hate to stereotype, but I am seeing a very consistent trend. The Filipina housemaids that are looking for jobs have a ton of attitude, respond to your ad request for full time, but really want part time, and do not seem too desperate for a job at all. Despite me offering a salary of 1,500 with accomodations and sponsorship, they want to only work for WHITE English folks and Americans. If you have a touch of ethnicity in addition to your American background, they are clearly not pleased. Apparently they prefer lily white employers.
They also seem to have a lot of baggage, in terms of husbands and boyfriend quarrels etc, they often require specific days and nights off (Thursday night and Friday).
I think I have decided to see if I can find an Indonesian house maid with decent english skills. Any ideas or advice from anybody out there?
I started this thread a month ago, and am still looking for a house maid. I dont understand it. I am offering a lot more money than the going rate, but cant find anybody. I posted ads at 5 various supermarkets, here on QL, and even visited agencies with zero luck.
The agencies only have first time Philipina's asking 700 Qrs/month. I am looking for an experience person, and would like references on how they are with kids. Can anybody refer a good agency? I went to the Golden something agency near the Grand Mercure hotel.
If anybody knows of a good housemaid / nanny looking for a job please let me know. GSM number is 686-5063, house phone is 450-7681
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we are looking for some one for after school a couple of days a week and pos a few nights for our two children almost 3 and 5 it will only be child minding if you can swim that would be great as we have a pool and both the kids usually swim then. PM me if you are Interested.
For a Philippina housemaid there are new regulations this has been out for quite some time now they have to earn the equivelant of $400 is what I heard so 'baedebok' something around what you are paying. I posted a thread on how India wants to protect thier housemaid from being badly treated. I am sure laws will change for the future in the case of the maids many of them are working unearthly hours and not being paid for that many of them don't even have a day off on the weekend and are not paid more for working weekends.
I know that the Embassy in UAE has organised themselves for maids who are abandoned or abused this they have had for a couple of years now.
Again as I have stated before, the manpower agencies take a very high fee for bringing the maids here and those girls often don't earn any money in the first three months.
Please think a 100 times before posting a classified that read "Cleaning lady available", or something like that. You will get loads of calls from people you don't wanna interact with and then the sleaze balls that come along with that. Besides, like canary said, cleaning will not get you much either to support your lifestyle...
Baby sitting may not be a bad idea, but you may want to look at other possibilities of maybe a sales job at some mall etc.
You can put your advertisiement here in classifieds, or perhaps in the Gulf Times but to be quite honest cleaning labour is quite cheap here and what you earn might not be enough to cover your living cost.
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I've just read all ur post u put here about the maids, and i have question. Is it possible for Polish girl to find a job as a babysitter for kids or just for cleaning house at the American/European families there in Doha?( part-time job, just a few hours per day, in the afternoons or during the weekend). Since September i'll be studing at Qatar University and i'm looking for a student-job in the afternoons? I'll have a resident visa, I can speak Polish & English & Arabic & a little Russian.
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I PM'd you Lucy's contact info. She is a potential housemaid for you. We had no problems with her (beyond the usual coming late or not being where she would be when I went to pick up my daughter). She's an older Filipina lady who was excellent with our daughter. She lives somewhere in Doha with some other Filipina housemaids who work in my compound in al-Gharaffa (just north of Doha). If you live around here, it would help her. I think she'd need transport between your place and hers.
hello everyone, i ve been trying to find a housemaid filppina thrue an agency,but we need a paper frpm the government that allow us to have a nanny..and since i dont work yet and i have only one 4 month baby they didn't accept the application , so we have to go personally to have the approval.i sincerely prefer a live out housemaid and the salay 1200 is good for us, so baedaebok can u plz refer me, where to find one for 6 hours/day..if u know someone plzzzz tell me about it.
i am paying now 25 qr per hour for a lady filippina who comes 4 hours twice by week and everytime she takes 20 qr for transport so im paying around 1000 per month for really nothing. thanks for ur help..
For a live-in we sponsored a Filipino housemaid and paid her QR700/month (2nd year raised to QR800). But there's a new-fangaled law that may increase the salary.
For a live-out housemaid who's already sponsored, we paid QR1200/month for 6 hours/day.
are the salaries you mention for a full-time live-in maid? I assume that is per week?
What about having someone for 2-3 days a week, or a few hours each day- is that possible? We will not be on a compound, so don't know if the "sharing" situation is easy or not.
Baedaebok...couldn't argue with you on your experience with your ex-housemaid. I wouldn't be happy either. As I mentioned, I have a similar experience but our replacement housemaid will still be a filipina..for me, not all individuals are the same (couldn't rely on agencies too..so we're planning to "directly hire" someone we know in the Philippines)...
Just Me and Baedaebok, I hope you find the appropriate housemaids..
If you keep the housemaids passport and surrender it CID when she runsaway, then you can sponsor another housemaid. CID gives you a release letter that shifts the responsibility from you to them about the housemaid. This is what happened to me.
Joan, I'd come down hard on any housemaid who had bf issues and literally brought them home with her. Our ex-housemaid used our home to sleep with her bf when we were gone last summer (and then our neighbours' home when they were away on vacation last year). I philipinas can be hard-working but I have not seen many who are willing. Many tell you one thing and do something else. It seems so easy and natural for them. Hiring a Philipina as a housemaid was one mistake that I won't make again. I've known good Phillipinas back in Canada but they are different here.
Just Me and others, the best housemaids will come through an agency. It is worth the QR6000 agency fee.
I wonder how many Gulf countries you have tried to get a maid, because my understanding the maids always have to be sponsored or at least be brought here by an agency. I have never heard of them knocking on doors as they will have to change the sponsor if they want to change ther family and generally that is not so easy.
You will get the one or the other working at a second job coming to your home and cleaning and they are very good but again this is illeagal if you get caught you can get into trouble with authorities. This kind of maid generally is recommended from a friend.
Again if the maid absconds you have lost your visa chance for another maid unless the maid is caught and deported.
Most maids are good workers but you have to let them know their limits from the start. The maid has to be shown what is daily expected of her and she should be checked on regularly because they often slack off with time. Especially in compounds if the maid is out with the children you should ckeck up on who she is meeting when she is out for a walk.
Again in Dubai you will par for a live-in-maid about DHS 1.700,-- and you will pay this to the agency and not to the maid. There are many roads leading to Rome in this case.
The Phillipinas are good workers but in many cases very arrogant they are nealy always better educated than Indonesian or Malaysian maids however, it is seldom that the latter would let a boyfriend into the house.
Again there are also employers who ill use the maids and don't pay them either as there is two sides to a coin.
How about to give a young western Girl a chance as Aupair?
This is temporaly but i dont know if it is known in the Gulf Countrys.Many young Girls here are looking for a good Guest Family to spend some time with.
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I believe that from the very start you have to set the "rules and guidelines" to your maid, whichever nationality she is from. Tell them the do's and dont's. Also not to be too comfy with them at first as this usually creates problems later when you start enforcing rules and regulations of the house. Believe me, been there, done that...
I recently caught my maid letting a male friend inside the house whilst my husband and myself are at work..and she is supposed to be taking care of my 1 year & 3 months old daughter. She was a big disappointment to us and we feel that the breech of trust has been broken. However, it is too difficult to find a replacement.
Nevertheless, I would still prefer a filipina maid...because I am a filipa myself..and because I know how hardworking we can be...but I would have to learn from my mistake...maybe I have been too accommodating and friendly afraid of getting her homesick, as this is usually the case.
I understand that the government of the Phillipines has stipulated that the min salary of Philipinos should be 1,500, and that Indians is 700. So If I hire a Philipina, I have to pay the 1,500, correct?
I hear your argument about not wanting to disturb the market rates currently in use here in Doha, but I want to pay about 20% above market rate for my employee. Mainly, because I want them to be happy, work hard, and not worry about her running away, etc.
This seems like a very difficult country to find good help in, in other Gulf countries, they come knocking on your door the moment you move in, looking for a job, here, I cant seem to find any Maids looking for employment.
I've heard that housemaids from Sri Lanka or Indonesia are good. Both are hardworkers. I'd recommend looking for housemaids who haven't worked in the Gulf. As I was burnt by a runaway Phillipina housemaid/nanny who has spent the last two months of her life sitting in the Deportation Centre, I would stongly urge avoiding Phillipina.
QR1500 for a live-in maid is a lot higher than the market rate. I believe in following the market rate (or giving a few hundred above) since this makes everyone happy. If a few people pay housemaids a lot higher (e.g., QR1500), then people may lose in the big picture. Why? If the majority of people can't afford to pay QR1500 and the housemaids keep asking or expecting QR1500, then the sponsor feels bad and the housemaid feels bad. If everyone agrees to pay the market rate, then everyone is happy. To be specific, the approximate going rate for live-in nannies follow.
Sri Lanka 600
I do agree that this is quite low. Three reasons for this. Firstly, it is market-driven salaries. Second, it is a lot of money to send back home. Thirdly, any increases in salary should come from the government (as in the case of Philipinas) but a few individuals should not meddle with the market. As you can guess, I would vote Republican if I was lucky enough to be American.
In the end it will be your decision. The agency itself is only interested in selling the manpower to you, so you should take a good look at the references and where the maid worked before. Many maids have worked in Saudi Arabia and have gone back only to return to another Gulf Country.
As I mentioned in the last comment my friends are both professionals and both working the Indonesian made takes care of mostly everything and keeps the kids occupied when they come home from Kindergarten. The kids are small 3 1/2 and 5 years and one 11 years old.
She does not do all the cooking but cooks with when the cooking is done. She eats with the family too.
I had previously not considered Indonesians because I didnt think they would adapt well to our American family. They usually dont have good english skills, but based on what I am hearing, they seem to cause the least amount of trouble.
I do not want to deal with boyfriends, attitude or other annoyances, we intend to pay our help well, and treat them very well. What should I look for if I end up considering an Indonesian maid?
I heard something mentioned on QL about Thai Maids, but have never seen one.
My friend has an Indonesian Maid and has had her three years she is very happy with her both parents are working and she is really wonderful with the children who are often moody.
There has been a discussion on QL some time ago about maids etc. I have had a maid service and can honestly advise you against taking a Phillipina as they don't really like being live in maids and some of them are well educated so ae looking for an opportunitly to leave (marriage preferably)if they can.
At the top of Madinat Khalifa if you take a left at the roundabout you will find two agencies that I know of who can help you choose a maid (in don't know their names but they are manpower agencies)they have selections there and you can see a photo of the prospective maid and also read a little into their background - (but being honest nothing is ever as it seems).
However if you take a live in maid and you will be going on vacation for a longer period of time you should think in advance what you will do with that maid during your absence.
If your maid absconds it will be difficult for you to get another visa for another maid. If you take her from an agency you can change her out during the probationary time if you are not happy with her.
My advice to you is a least get information about your maid before.
if u get an ethiopian nanny youll be orry. they are very lazy and and rude. when they get bored they literally throw the housework on the floor and go watch tv or something. they wont clean and they arent good with any language. try indonesians. i have been told they liike kids and are harworkers. and their english is ok.
Thanks for the advice, I dont mind paying extra to get a good Nanny, I interviewed an Ethiopian maid, who seems young at 20 years old, she asked for 1,500 which I am willing pay. But I dont know how good she is, also her english is very poor.
Realizing that we may have to do some stereotyping, and make some generalizations, but what do people think about Ehtiopian Nanny/maids?
Some live-in nannies are good while others are not so good. IMHO, the best are the nannies who have never worked in the Gulf before b/c they don't have any expectations that you may or may not meet (salary, working conditions, etc.) To get a nanny like this, contacting a nanny agency is the best method (but they are pricey at a QR6000 fee). But there is a guarantee that if you don't like the nanny they give you, then you can change her for a second nanny within the first three months (with no extra charge).
I would avoid Phillpinos as they sometimes have boyfriend problems.
I've heard nannies from Sri Lanka and Indonesia are great with kids and are excellent cooks. There are some nannies in my compounds who would be happy to do part-time cleaning/childcare for you but not live-in. They already have sponsors here who let them work anywhere.
Sorry for the generalizations but I had a Phillipino nanny who runaway b/c of boyfriend problems (and is currently in the deportation centre -- where she's been for the past 2 months), and I have heard this from others. There are many excellent Phillipino nannies out there, I'm sure, but I've just found that some of them run into trouble at times.