Finding a Reputable Nanny Agency
What to look for and what to ask
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.