Finding a Reputable Nanny Agency

What to look for and what to ask

Posted on April 26th, 2013 by Nanny Reviews
Mother and daughter

In today’s hectic world, it is not uncommon for families to be in need of a nanny. Many parents have very busy work schedules and they want to make sure that their kids are being provided with the best care in their absence. A nanny can drive children to their after-school activities, help them with their school work, and care for them when they are sick.

Finding a trustworthy individual to care for your children is difficult. This is why most parents go through a nanny agency in order to avoid the long hiring process. A nanny agency handles the pre-screening, interviewing, and background checks, which is a huge time and money saver.

Ask your friends for nanny agency recommendations and references if you are looking for a qualified professional. Using nanny message boards is also an efficient way in finding a reputable nanny agency, as you can get recommendations from other parents.

Reputable Nanny Agencies Will:

  • Verify the nanny’s education, employment history, and references
  • Check the nanny’s credentials and licenses (including First-Aid and CPR certification)
  • Run an identity check
  • Conduct thorough national and state background checks
  • Search national and state’s sex offender registry list
  • Check for clean driving record

Nanny Agencies May Also:

  • Run credit checks
  • Run psychological tests
  • Require nannies to be over the age of 21
  • Require nannies to have a high school diploma or college degree
  • Have in-house training programs
  • Assist in setting up the contract and giving tax assistance
  • Offer a trial period before collecting their fee
  • Offer a placement guarantee if things do not work out. Many reputable nanny agencies offer a 3-month guarantee, which means they’ll replace your nanny without an additional charge.

Nanny agencies charge a placement fee that ranges anywhere from 10-15% of the nanny’s annual salary.  The fees cover the pre-screening process, but be sure to get copies of all background and reference checks.

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One Response to “Finding a Reputable Nanny Agency”

JasmineApril 24th, 2013 at 4:36 pm

I think nanny agencies are a good idea but I’m not too crazy about paying a placement fee but then again, I’d rather pay a placement fee than go through nanny after nanny until I find the right one.

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