Back-up Child Care as an Employee Benefit
by Dulany Dent on 29 Jun, 2015
The Nanny Network offers an in-home back-up child care service for businesses in the Baltimore, MD; Washington, D.C.; and Richmond, VA, metropolitan areas that are interested in supporting their employees when they’re in a pinch, typically when:
- Their children are mildly sick and cannot attend day care or school
- Their regular caregiver is sick or otherwise unavailable
- Their child(ren)’s day care or school is closed for vacations, holidays, parent-teacher conferences, professional development days, etc.
Our sitters are also available for:
- Business travel
- Group child care/corporate events
When can employees call?
Our staff is available Monday-Thursday from 7:00 am-8:00 pm and Fridays from 7:00 am-6:00 pm. We also are available to receive requests on Sundays from 5:00-8:00 pm. Requests for care can be made over the phone or via e-mail. Our office number is (410) 321-1566.
The Nanny Network can typically locate a caregiver within an hour or two; however, the more notice we are given, the greater the chance for a successful placement. Generally, twenty-four hours’ advance notice is sufficient.
Our Caregiver Requirements
We require that our caregivers possess a minimum of two years of professional child care experience and multiple (non-relative) child care references. They also must have the ability to work legally in the U.S. and, in most cases, have a car (and proof of car insurance). Infant/Child CPR and First Aid is not required in order to register with The Nanny Network; however, many of our caregivers are already trained or may receive training during the placement process.
Screening & Background Checks
- Comprehensive Application — Nannies are required to complete an extensive application and questionnaire.
- Personal Interview — The Nanny Network conducts a personal interview with all nanny candidates. Because of our extensive experience in interviewing and placing nannies, we are able to assess a nanny’s skill set and experience.
- References Personally Verified — References are personally verified and are available upon request.
- Online Child Care Training — Nannies complete an online training program designed by Boston-based Parents in a Pinch, Inc (now Care Concierge, Inc.).
- Thorough Background Check — We conduct a thorough search of each nanny’s criminal conviction record in counties where the nanny has resided in the past seven years. We also run a social security number verification and an address trace. Driving records are included in some, but not all, nanny placement services. Drug tests are available upon request. All caregivers must have a completed criminal background check before being placed in any family’s home.
Arranging for Child Care
Parents can call or e-mail us to request a sitter whenever the need is discovered, even at the last minute! In order to receive immediate service, parents must do the following in advance:
- Complete an online application
- Review any questions or concerns related to the application with a TNN staff member.
- Sign and return our service agreement
The Caregivers’ Pay
Typically, The Nanny Network’s caregivers are employed directly by the agency for corporate back-up child care. Therefore, the agency pays all of its caregivers their hourly rate plus the necessary payroll taxes. The agency also covers the Workers’ Compensation, General Liability and Professional Liability insurance policies as required by state and federal law.