The first step in hiring a nanny through us is to give us a call, email or submit a family application form through the website, and we’ll be more than happy to walk you through the process.
Sign the Family Agreement
If you’re ready to start your search with us, please sign our family agreement. Carefully read the contract before signing and submitting it. We’ll contact you after we receive the signed agreement to schedule an in-home consultation. We’ll also send you a credit card authorization form which will enable us to charge a one-time, non-refundable registration fee of $250 to begin the search. Please note that this fee is deducted from your final placement fee should we place someone for you.
Upon receipt of your form, we’ll contact you to schedule an in-home consultation. During the meeting, we’ll ask about your family’s needs as well as your lifestyle and values. This is the time to let us know the most important qualities that you’re looking for in a candidate. We’ll cover every necessary aspect to ensure that only the best candidate is sent your way. The in-home consultation lasts anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half. Some families prefer to do a phone consultation instead, please, let us know whichever you prefer.
We’ll use the information that we learned about your family during the interview to carefully create a customized job description. Using your job description, we’ll begin to search for and screen potential candidates.
Depending on your family’s specific needs, we can either choose a candidate from our current pool or look for new candidates for you.
We only represent candidates who have proven their worth in their various fields. All of our candidates go through a rigorous screening process before being accepted and placed in homes.
Our goal is not to overwhelm you with an endless list of candidates who don’t possess the qualities you’re looking for. We’ll work tirelessly to ensure that only qualified candidates who meet your needs will be sent to you for an interview.
Shortly after the in-home or phone consultation, we’ll send you portfolios/resumes of thoroughly pre-screened and qualified candidates who meet your customized job description. We’ll also schedule the interview between you and the applicants.
At Find the Right Nanny, we’re very meticulous and thorough in what we do, so we’ll only send you candidates who match your needs. Even though we’re confident you’ll hire one of the first few candidates we send your way, we won’t stop sending potential candidates until you find the one that best fits the needs of your family.
Candidate Selection and Offer
After you’ve chosen the candidate who best meets your needs, it’s time to make an offer. We’ll walk you through the hiring process and help outline the details of the work agreement between you and the candidate. We’ll also educate you about your legal responsibilities as an employer on issues like taxes and payroll.
If you and the nanny are satisfied with the outcome of the offer, we’ll go ahead and conduct a final comprehensive background check on the applicant. We take safety very seriously at our agency.
Please click here to see the full background check that we run on all of our applicants.
Working Interview/ In-Home Trial
This step is crucial in securing the best nanny for your family. We always recommend conducting a trial run with your new nanny to better assess the nanny’s skills, reliability, character and work ethic.
It’s also an opportunity to reassess if you and the candidate are a good fit for each other before making a formal offer.
The trial period gives you a unique opportunity to assess how the nanny acts under pressure and to evaluate the way he or she takes direction and feedback.
Please note that during the trial, you’ll be responsible for paying the nanny directly for her services at the rate being offered for the position.
We recommend that you treat the working interview, or trial period, the same as the regular job. In other words, if you’ll need the nanny to work a nine-hour day, have the nanny work a full nine hours during the trial period. If you need the nanny to watch both of your children, make sure that both of your children are available during the trial period.
It’s crucial that you avoid hovering during the trial period. However, the nanny will need some direction. Please provide adequate instruction and evaluate the way the nanny follows your directives.
Depending on the needs of your family, you can choose from two to five days for a trial period.
If everything goes well after the trial period, the next step is to sign the Work Agreement. We’ll provide you with a detailed work agreement which you can use with your nanny.
We highly advise that you get a work agreement between you and the nanny you hire. This agreement outlines all of the nanny’s duties, salary, vacation options, sick days and job expectations. Drafting a nanny contract ensures that your family and the nanny are on the same page from the very beginning. The work agreement is necessary because it can help prevent surprises and miscommunication.
After signing the work agreement, the agency’s full placement fee is due immediately. Please click here for more information about fees.
Our job doesn’t end after you’ve hired your nanny. We’re available to provide advice throughout your working relationship with your nanny. If you need help communicating with the nanny, we’ll serve as a mediator. No matter what the question or situation might be, rest assured that we’re here for you, every step of the way.