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How to Find and Hire a Nanny

Tips on finding the perfect candidate - from start to finish.

Your Nanny Options

A nanny’s rates may vary, based on their schedule, certifications, and experience, so knowing what you need will help you to find the right type of care for your family.

Option Definition

Full-Time Live-Out Nanny

A full-time live-out nanny works “full-time” (i.e., five days a week, usually 45-50 hours) and their duties focus exclusively on child care (e.g., play, bath time, meals, activities, homework, transportation, etc.). They do not reside in the family's home, and do not perform any non-child-related cleaning or housekeeping. Many full-time nannies are professionals with extensive training or education in childhood development, which makes them a valuable asset. If they are using their own car to help with nanny duties (such as picking up kids from school) or working extra hours, that will affect their rates, as well. Most full-time nannies are paid a weekly or salaried rate, which you can negotiate during the initial interview.more

Full-Time Live-In Nanny

These nannies share the same responsibilities as live-out nannies, but they reside in the family's home. Live-in nannies typically are provided with a furnished room, private bath, sometimes a cell phone, and access to a car. If a family has a nanny live with them, it typically means that their care costs are reduced, but you should be sure to draw specific boundaries about work and non-work hours.more

Part-Time/Summer Nanny

A part-time or summer nanny provides help for parents who need only after-school care for just a few days during the week, or when school is closed for the summer. Because of their less consistent schedule, it may be more difficult to find this type of nanny. Also keep in mind that these nannies will have less time with the children or in your home, which means that their care will not be as involved as a live-out or live-in nanny. Hourly nannies (which includes many part-time providers) may also charge more to account for time they are not needed.more

Nanny Housekeeper

A nanny housekeeper does it all. They handle the same child care duties as a live-in or live-out nanny, but also are willing to perform housekeeping duties during nap or quiet time, or while the children are at school. Keep in mind that a nanny housekeeper may charge more (whether hourly or salary) than other nannies because she’s providing additional services.more

College Nanny

College nannies are students who attend local colleges and often have a flexible schedule. While they won’t be available full-time, they typically live close by, and are free after school and during the summer. And, if you find a college nanny who’s studying nursing or education, they may have specific courses or certifications in child care and safety. This type of nanny can also be a great tutor for children. Since college nannies are only working when they’re not in school, they may cost less per hour than part-time or full-time nannies. Keep in mind that your college nanny won’t be available forever; she will eventually graduate and may not stay in the area afterward.more

Au Pair

An au pair is young student from a foreign country who provides child care and light housekeeping in exchange for room, board, and a weekly “stipend.” Au pairs generally stay with a host family for one year and synchronize child care with their school schedules. This is a very affordable option, but keep in mind that it usually requires a full year’s payment upfront. There are also immigration requirements and program expenses related to connecting with your au pair.more

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Decide What You Need

Your next step is to determine what additional help you may need from your nanny, or what you’d like her to provide for your children (i.e. tutoring, transportation, etc.).

Make Your Game Plan

You’ll make your life way easier if you lay out a plan of attack before you jump straight into searching for nannies. Here’s what you should consider as you outline your strategy.