Frequently Asked Questions
by admin on 06 Jun, 2015
If you are considering hiring a nanny or becoming a nanny, you might have some questions about the position or the process. We’ve compiled some of the most common questions – and answers – below.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FROM PARENTS
- What is the process for finding a permanent nanny?
- Where can I get an application?
- What are the fees associated with your service?
- How long does it take to find a nanny?
- How much do nannies get paid?
- Where do you find your nannies?
- Do you place babysitters?
- What areas do you service?
- What type of screening does your service perform?
- What happens if a nanny that we hire through your service doesn’t work out?
- Do you run background checks for parents who do not hire a nanny through The Nanny Network?
1. What is the process for finding a permanent nanny?
The first step in the nanny search process is completing a detailed application. Once a completed application is received, someone from our office will contact you to schedule a parent consultation, which can be done face-to-face or over the phone, whichever is more convenient for you. An in-home parent consultation is also an option, based on availability.
The Nanny Network then recruits and screens nannies for your job. Interested, qualified candidates are referred to you by way of e-mail, including a nanny application and her references. The Nanny Network will then coordinate the interviews and put together an interview schedule for your convenience. For the strongest candidates, we suggest a working interview to see the nanny in action. If you decide to offer a nanny a job, the Nanny/Family Agreement is completed and The Nanny Network performs a criminal background check.
2. Where can I get an application?
You can instantly submit your application to us online, or if you prefer, you can download a printable application to fill out and mail/fax to our offices. We will then conduct an in-person, in-home, or over-the-phone consultation to make sure we are clear on your needs.
3. What are the fees associated with your service?
For our permanent placement service, there is a non-refundable $275 application fee that is collected during the Parent Consultation. Then, a placement fee is due if you hire a nanny that we refer to you. The placement fee varies depending on your nanny’s gross annual salary and what city you live in. There are also supplemental services that you may choose to purchase. Please call our office for rates.
Our temporary placement service involves daily placement fees ranging from $15 to $35 for members and $50 to $60 for non-members. A volume discount is available depending on usage. The annual membership fee for the temporary service is $150. A surcharge is applied to care requests that are received with 48 hours’ notice or less.
4. How long does it take to find a nanny?
We suggest planning for the search to take approximately 3 to 6 weeks (except for temporary nanny service, which usually takes less time).
5. How much do nannies get paid?
The going rate for nannies looking for full-time or part-time work in the Baltimore area is $15-17 per hour, pre-tax; $17-22 per hour, pre-tax, in Washington, D.C., area; and $12-14 per hour, pre-tax, in Richmond, VA.
Temporary nannies, on the other hand, earn a flat rate of $14 per hour when caring for 1-2 children in Baltimore, with an additional $1 per hour for each additional child. The set rate for temporary nannies in the Washington, D.C., area is $15 per hour. It is $12 per hour in Richmond, VA.
6. Where do you find your nannies?
Our nannies come from a variety of sources. The Nanny Network has been in business since 1995 and, since that time, the agency has placed and developed relationships with a multitude of nannies. When our nannies complete a job, they come back to us for help in finding their next job. There are also many nannies who find us through word of mouth referrals and job fairs, as well as responding to targeted recruiting efforts.
7. Do you place babysitters?
Yes, The Nanny Network offers a temporary nanny/babysitting service to help parents or event planners when they encounter a need for short-term child care. Perhaps your child is sick and cannot attend school, perhaps your primary child care provider has notified you that he/she is unable to work, or perhaps you are planning a night out on the town. Whatever the case may be, The Nanny Network can help provide temporary relief so that you can go about your schedule without interruption. We also can arrange group child care for special events (i.e., weddings, conferences, etc.)
There are two key differences between The Nanny Network’s temporary placement service and its permanent placement service. First, with a temporary nanny or sitter search, your nanny is assigned to you. The agency will book a caregiver that we think will do a great job given the job details you have provided to us. However, you are never locked in to using that caregiver. Therefore, if you come to realize that the nanny we assigned is not a good fit for your family, simply let us know, and we will find a replacement nanny for you as quickly as possible.
Second, a daily placement fee, rather than a flat part-time or full-time placement fee, is owed to The Nanny Network for the service provided.* A higher daily fee applies to those temp jobs that are arranged with less than 48 hours’ notice. Lastly, if your needs change after a nanny has been scheduled to work for you and you cancel one day or all days, a 50% cancellation fee will apply to each cancelled day’s cost. For more information on our process for placing temporary nannies, click here.
8. What areas do you service?
The Nanny Network offers permanent and temporary nanny placement services; group child care; back-up child care and hotel sitters in the Baltimore and Washington, DC metropolitan areas (including northern Virginia). Our temporary nanny service (includng back-up care and hotel sitters) is also available in Richmond, Virginia.
9. What type of screening does your service perform?
Nannies complete an extensive application and questionnaire as their first step in applying to The Nanny Network. Nannies must meet our minimum requirements, which include two (2) years of recent, professional child care experience and multiple non-relative child care references, in order to proceed. Nannies must also be able to work legally in the United States.
For those who qualify, The Nanny Network then conducts comprehensive interviews and detailed reference checks. Finally, a criminal background check, covering each county in which the nanny has lived in for the last 7 years, is performed. Depending on the level of service selected, additional background checks are available including driving record, drug test, and ongoing quarterly criminal background checks.
10. What happens if a nanny that we hire through your service doesn’t work out?
The Nanny Network offers four different replacement policies to choose from, ranging from 30-days to one year. In order to validate any replacement policy, families are required to have a written “Nanny Family Agreement.” If parents have returned their completed Nanny Family Agreement to us on time and decides during their replacement period that their nanny is not the right fit, then we will resume the search and referral process (provided that the job description has not changed). Once the family hires a replacement nanny, a partial or full credit is applied to the placement fee (depending on when the replacement is made). There are no refunds of placement fees.
11. Do you run background checks for parents who do not hire a nanny through The Nanny Network?
Yes, The Nanny Network can run a criminal background check for parents who have successfully hired a nanny on their own. Call us for rates!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FROM NANNIES
- What does it cost me to go through your service?
- What are the requirements of a nanny?
- What are considered standard nanny duties?
- What types of jobs are available?
- What do nannies get paid?
- What is the minimum time commitment for a nanny position?
1. What does it cost me to go through your service?
Nothing! The service is free for nannies.
2. What are the requirements of a nanny?
Initial requirements include two years of recent, professional child care experience, multiple (excellent) non-relative child care references, a car (in most cases), and the ability to legally work in the United States.
3. What are considered standard nanny duties?
Standard nanny duties include preparing meals for the children, doing the children’s laundry and doing any child-related clean up. They also include having fun with the children!
4. What types of jobs are available?
We place nannies in full-time, part-time, and temporary positions (including back-up and group child care jobs).
5. What do nannies get paid?
A nanny’s hourly rate depends on her experience, the number and ages of children for which she is caring, her location, and the duties which she is asked to perform in addition to the standard nanny duties. Typically, nannies make between $15 and 17 per hour, pre-tax, in the Baltimore area. In the Washington, D.C., area the hourly rate is between $17 and $22 per hour, pre-tax. In Richmond, nannies typically make between $12 and $14 per hour, pre-tax.
6. What is the minimum time commitment for a nanny position?
Unless otherwise stated by the family, most jobs will require a minimum commitment of one year. Common exceptions would be After School Nannies, who are asked to commit for a minimum of one school semester, or Summer Nannies, who would commit for one summer only. Temporary Nannies are committed only for the length of accepted temporary assignments, ranging from one day to three months.
* An annual membership fee of $150 may or may not apply.
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