Bringing someone into your home to care for your children can be scary. Here are some steps to ensure your children are well cared for in the safety of your home.
Refer to the International Nanny Association's website (listed below under External Links) to locate nanny agencies who are members of this well respected organization.
Talk to several agencies in your area. Compare each agency's background screening process. Does the agency verify references? Do they check the applicant's driving record? Do they run national and local criminal background and sex abuse registry checks? Do they verify the applicant's social security number? Do they drug screen applicants and have the applicant's physician sign off on a medical history form stating the applicant is emotionally and physically well enough to work with children?
Have the agency provide you with a few references from families they have recently worked with.
Make sure the agency has been in business at least one year.
Check how the fee structures look, and what the fee is for a replacement nanny should the relationship not work out.
Find out if the agency offers temporary nannies, i.e. your nanny is ill and can not come to work one day.
While many agency fees are comparable, the fees for replacements are not. Many agencies will charge you close to the original fee paid if you request a replacement nanny who works beyond your original agreement period.
Download the publication Parent's Guide to Finding a Placement Agency developed by the National Association for Nanny Accreditation. This guide will cover in detail what to look for in an agency and sample questions. Link below.
It is not recommended to work with an agency who will not provide you with the names and numbers of a few recent clients. Nor is it recommended working with an agency who is newly established. If you have a question, please click on the contact us link at www.americandomestic.com