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How to find and hire a nanny

Finding and hiring the perfect nanny can be stressful, especially if you don’t know where to begin. To guide you through this journey, here is our step-by-step breakdown of the process.

Decide on a list of duties

Before you start your search, step one is to outline your needs. In addition to watching your child, you may need your nanny to perform other services. It’s important to determine what these are before writing your job posting. Nannies can offer both childcare and household help. Common nanny types include:

  • Nanny housekeepers
  • Full-time live-out nannies
  • Live-in nannies
  • Part-time or summer nannies
  • Nanny “shares”
  • College nannies
  • Au pairs

Cooking and driving are common additional duties for nannies. But if you want your nanny to perform these tasks, it’s important to set expectations during the interview and to adjust their pay accordingly. If your nanny will be driving, you should discuss insurance and reimbursements for gas. It’s also a good idea to go for a test drive with candidates. Other duties to consider include light cleaning, dish-washing, watering plants, and tutoring.

Determine your budget

According to Care.com’s 2017 Cost of Care survey, the national average weekly rate for nannies is $565.

However, many factors contribute to determining the cost of a nanny, such as:

  • Type of nanny
  • Additional responsibilities
  • Transportation
  • Experience
  • Number of children
  • Geographic area
  • Included benefits
  • Additional incentives

Want to learn the going rate for nannies in your area? Check out our pay rate calculator for families.

Begin your search

To start your search, you’ll need to decide whether to use a nanny-finding website or a nanny agency.

Agencies typically charge between $900 and $4000, and can simplify the hiring process by offering ongoing support in exchange for handing over control of the search. Nanny-finding websites give you control over the process and a wide pool of caregivers, but you’ll need to invest more time in your search.

If you decide to go with a nanny-finding website such as Care.com, you’ll start by posting a job to let prospective nannies that you’re looking for care. Make sure you write a short, descriptive post with a title that will stand out to caregivers. After your post goes live, be prepared to interview a nanny the same day you get a response from her—the good ones go fast!

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