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 and Washington, D.C. 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-Friday from 7:00am-9:00pm. We are also available for limited weekend hours for on-call needs. Parents can also place a child care request online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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).
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.
- Agency Orientation and Training — Nannies that work corporate back-up child care jobs for the Nanny Network must complete the agency’s orientation program and must be trained in Infant/Child CPR and First Aid in addition to other agency training.
- Thorough Background Check — We conduct a thorough search of each nanny’s criminal conviction record at a national and county level. We also run a social security number verification, an address trace, a sex offender registry check, and a check of the national terrorist watch list. All caregivers must have a completed criminal background check before being placed in any family’s home.
Arranging for Child Care
Employees must register online to start the process. Once they have created an account, a member of the Nanny Network staff will reach out directly to any employees should there be any questions, special needs or concerns that need to be further discussed. Once we are clear on a family’s needs, a family can request care at any time.
Parents can submit a request for a caregiver whenever the need is discovered, even at the last minute! The quickest and easiest way to submit a request is online using the Book a Sitter form on our website. Our staff is also available to take requests over the phone or via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). Our office number is (410) 321-1566.
The Caregivers’ Pay
The Nanny Network’s caregivers who work corporate back-up child care jobs are W-2 employees of the agency. Therefore, the agency pays all of its caregivers their hourly rate plus the necessary payroll taxes. The agency also carries Workers’ Compensation, General Liability and Professional Liability insurance which we are happy to discuss further.