Caregiver Requirements and Screening Process



Our baseline criteria for a nanny is that he/she have two (2) years of recent, professional childcare experience, multiple non-relative child care references that can be verified, the ability to work legally in the United States 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 for their “ideal” nanny.


    1. Comprehensive Application: Nannies are required to complete an extensive application and questionnaire.
    2. Personal Interview: The Nanny Network meets face-to-face with nearly all nanny candidates. In very rare cases, we may interview a nanny over the phone. Because of our many years of experience in interviewing and placing nannies, we are often able to spot red flags.
    3. References Personally Verified: References are personally verified by The Nanny Network which are then provided to you along with the nanny’s complete application.
    4. Thorough Background Check: Nannies are hired conditionally, pending the outcome of a background investigation. We recommend delaying the nanny’s first day of employment until the background check has been completed. We work with a private investigating service to conduct, at a minimum, a thorough search of each nanny’s criminal conviction record in counties where the nanny has resided for the past seven years. This includes verification of the nanny’s social security number and an address trace. However, two additional packages are offered to provide more extensive screening options. Driving records, a drug test and an ongoing, semi-annual criminal background check are also available per the client’s request.

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