1. How long does it take to find a nanny?
We recommend you allow 4 to 6 weeks in order to ensure a thorough process. This way you will be able to interview several candidates and really feel secure and confident in the choice you make for you and your family.
2. What are the responsibilities of a nanny?
A nanny’s number one concern is the health, safety and well being of the child or children they are caring for. They initiate age appropriate activities, prepare nutritious snacks and meals, and perform some light housekeeping duties such as: the care of children’s clothing, play areas and bedrooms.
Nannies responsibilities will vary based on each families own individual needs. Some families also want their nannies to run errands, do the families laundry, and clean the house. It is important to remember that the nanny’s first priority is the safety and care of the children. Both parties will need to be in agreement of any extra duties and the nanny’s pay will be higher.
3. What are your screening procedures?
All of our Nannies and Sitters are very carefully screened. They must be at least 18 years old; have their own insured, reliable transportation; have previous childcare experience and a background check.
We interview all qualified applicants in person, perform background checks and contact at least three childcare references. We also follow up with all of our families after a placement has been made. This provides us with on going feedback, which in turn allows us to offer high-quality, dependable nannies and sitters.
4. How much does a nanny cost?
Salaries vary based on the nanny’s experience, the number of children being cared for, duties asked to perform, and the number of hours worked each week. Most full time nannies’ salaries range between $550 to $800 per week. Part time nannies are generally paid between $14 and $17 per hour.
5. Do you offer a guarantee?
Yes! We offer a 90 day replacement guarantee (2 week’s for Summer Placements) where the agency will do another search at no charge if the first nanny does not work out, for any reason. After 90 days and before 6 months, we charge 1/2 price for a replacement.
6. Should I offer my nanny benefits?
This is up to the family, however, offering your nanny good benefits will help keep her happy and feeling appreciated. Typically a full time nanny is offered 1-2 weeks paid vacation, at least 3-4 paid sick/personal days and paid holidays each year. Some families also offer a health insurance package, cell phone and use of a car.
7. Am I responsible for taxes?
If you pay your Nanny or Sitter more than $1,800 in one year, you are responsible for household employment taxes. For additional information about Payroll and Taxes, please contact any of the links below.
8. What are your Agency Placement Fee’s?
Full Time Live In: $1700
Full/Part Time Live Out: $1200
Temporary Nannies: $600
Members: Yearly fee of $200 (Local Families Only.)
Non-Members: $35 per visit with 48hrs notice or $45 per visit for less than 48hrs notice.
Additional $20 processing fee per family of sharing a sitter
If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at (843) 830-1986.
9. If I become a member of your Temporary Services, will I get the same babysitter every time?
We can not guarantee that you will get the same sitter every time, however, we try very hard to honor your request. We recommend that you try several babysitters at first, therefore, if your first request is not available you and your children will be familiar and comfortable with several of our sitters. We will even keep track of your favorite sitters for you.
10. How do you find your Nannies and Sitters?
We advertise through word of mouth, at the local colleges, places of worship and through other ads.