Types of Nanny Jobs and Your Steps
by admin on 06 Jun, 2015
Thank you for your interest in The Nanny Network! The Nanny Network is always on the look-out for warm, caring experienced child care professionals who are interested in either permanent or temporary child care work. We are proud of the relationships we develop with our nannies and genuinely care about making the best matches possible.
Below you will find a description of the two different types of nanny and family assistant jobs that are available through the agency – temporary and permanent.
The Nanny Network works closely with families in the Baltimore and Washington, DC metropolitan areas to help them find the best child care for their children, whether they need:
- A date night sitter
- Temporary child care (ranging from 1-day to 12-months)
- After school nannies
- Summer nannies
- Emergency back-up child care
- A family assistant
Typically you need at least one full day of weekday availability to be considered for temporary work. Nannies who meet our minimum requirements and are interested in temping for the agency must complete an application and successfully complete a face-to-face interview. Once your references have been verified and you pass a comprehensive background check, you will be eligible for temporary child care assignments and entered into our scheduling platform that will notify you of available jobs. Some temporary positions involve being paid by the agency, through our payroll company, while other temp jobs are “parent-paid” where you will receive cash at the end of service.
Our temporary family assistant jobs involve helping a family with household tasks in addition to helping with the children. You may be asked to drive the kids, run errands, go grocery shopping, do some laundry and possibly prepare dinner. These jobs typically are with families with school-aged children or younger children who attend daycare. Family assistant jobs pay a higher hourly rate and require completion of our agency training program.
If it’s a permanent nanny position that you’re looking for, then look no further. We also work closely with candidates to find their ideal ongoing nanny job and will refer qualified candidates who pass our background checks to families in the Baltimore and Washington, DC metropolitan areas who are looking for more regular care.
We also place full-time and part-time family assistants in permanent, ongoing positions. Family assistant positions involve some child care, typically of school-aged children, but incorporate household management as well. Common duties asked of a family assistant include family laundry, grocery shopping, errands, simple meal planning and preparation, and other household organization. If you’re interested in family assistant work, you must successfully complete our agency training program.
It’s important to us that the job be a good fit, not only for the hiring family, but for the nanny as well. To summarize the permanent nanny placement process:
- Nanny candidates fill out an application, including professional child care references and questionnaire
- Candidates are met and interviewed by The Nanny Network
- The Nanny Network verifies nanny’s references and refers nanny for relevant jobs
- The Nanny Network or parent(s) contact nanny to schedule a phone interview
- The Nanny Network or parent(s) contact nanny to schedule personal interview
- The Nanny Network or parent(s) contact nanny to invite nanny for a working interview
- Family makes an offer to nanny
- Completion of Nanny/Family Agreement
- Completion of background check
- Completion of Infant/Child CPR training (if applicable)
- You now have your ideal nanny job!
Once we have processed your application, we will tell you about available nanny and family assistant positions that you are qualified for and would meet your requirements. You may be interested in one job, or several. The Nanny Network will refer you to the families you are interested in interviewing with. We will do all we can to help you find a position where you will enjoy job satisfaction, mutual respect, professionalism, and day-to-day fulfillment.
After a family reviews your application, they may call you for a phone screen and/or to schedule an interview. Most families will meet you at their homes, but some will choose another location. If your initial interview goes well, you may be asked back for a working interview. This will allow for some additional interaction with the children, and you should be paid for your time.
During the interview process, we keep open communication with you to help ensure your questions are answered. The Nanny Network will continue to make you aware of new opportunities as they come in until you have accepted a job. Please let us know if you are interested in temp work while you are looking for a new position!
A NOTE ON YOUR COMMITMENT
Unless otherwise stated by the family, most positions will require a minimum of a one-year commitment. 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.
We provide our families with a work agreement to complete with their nannies or family assistants. This agreement is mutual and simply outlines what you are agreeing to do for the family and vice versa. It allows for up-front, clear communication and addresses many issues that are often overlooked until they become a problem. It also discusses salary, vacation, etc.
We find that a clear understanding of expectations and good communication are vital components of a good relationship with your employer and makes it easier to fulfill a commitment.
MORE ABOUT OUR SCREENING AND BACKGROUND CHECKS
Our basic criteria for a nanny is that she have two years of recent professional childcare experience, multiple (non-relative) references that can be verified, the ability to work legally in the US and in most cases have a car. Nannies are required to become certified in infant and child CPR and submit to drug testing at the family’s request. Since each family has individual needs, we rely on the family to give us their own specific criteria on their “ideal” nanny, and then do our best to match nannies with their own “ideal” family.
- Comprehensive Application: Nannies are required to complete an extensive application and questionnaire.
- Personal Interview: The Nanny Network interviews all nanny candidates – in most cases personally – and occasionally over the phone or Skype.
- References Personally Verified: References are personally verified by The Nanny Network.
- Thorough Background Check: Nannies are hired conditionally, pending the outcome of a criminal background investigation, including verification of date of birth and social security number.