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How to Find a Reputable Nanny Placement Agency

By Chris Pichereau, Abshier House Publishing

Finding a reputable nanny placement agency should be high on your list of priorities when looking for a nanny. You can spend time on your own searching for a nanny through advertisements in local journals and word of mouth, but you risk missing some important details when you try and find a nanny on your own. Check out nanny agencies to help you refine your search.

First, you need to find a reputable nanny placement agency, and this is no simple task. The credibility of the agency should be of the upmost importance to you. After all, your children are at stake here!

There are a few organizations such as the Association of Premier Nanny Agencies or the International Nanny Association, which are umbrella organizations that a reputable agency might join. However, there is still no guarantee that just because an agency has joined one of these groups that they are reputable. However, joining one of these organizations does give an indication that the agency is serious about their professionalism.

Activities a nanny placement agency performs

An agency that places nannies with families will match the skills and qualifications set forth by the family with the nanny for a fee. When screening an agency, look for one that provides these services:

  • Ensures that the nanny’s qualifications meet the family’s needs.

  • Verifies the nannies education and employment history.

  • Makes sure the nanny has the appropriate credentials and licenses.

  • Performs a thorough identity check on the nanny.

  • Conducts state and county criminal record checks on every area where the nanny has lived and worked and conducts those checks in accordance with state laws.

  • Performs a search on every state’s sex offender registry list. This search should include D.C. Guam and Puerto Rico.

  • Ensure the candidate has an excellent driving record.

  • Conduct regular background screening on nannies who are placed temporarily as well as have long-term assignments.

  • The agency should comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCR) and all other relevant local, state, and federal laws.

  • Identify any legal proceedings in which the nanny may be involved with including judgments and liens.

Benefits of working with a nanny placement agency

  • The nanny placement agency will identify and weed out unqualified candidates.

  • Using an agency saves you time.

  • A nanny agency has worked with many families and nannies, and they know what to look for in matching the right applicant to the correct family.

  • The nanny placement organization can help with creating a job description for you.

  • The agency will negotiate the job offer with the nanny and develop an appropriate compensation package that will meet the needs of both parties.

Interviewing the nanny placement agency

When interviewing a nanny placement agency, there are a set of questions you should ask. Depending on the answers — follow your gut on this — you can then decide whether to pursue working with the agency. Try interviewing several agencies before you pick one to work with.

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  1. What is the nanny screening process — how long it takes and where the agency finds nannies?

  2. Determine how long the organization has been in business.

  3. Ask what kind of training the nanny must have had before the agency will work with them.

  4. Find out what professional organizations that nanny agency has joined.

  5. Determine what kind of support services the nanny placement agency provides to not only you, but also to the nanny.

  6. What are the agency fees, and what all is encompassed in the fees?

  7. Ask what other fees, not in the base fee, can you expect to pay and why?

  8. Determine the fee schedule and also find out what the refund policy is.

  9. Ask how many candidates the agency typically provides to a family to interview.