Nanny Selection Process
Starling Agency only refers the most qualified and dedicated nannies. As the best nanny agency in Seattle, we specialize in referring highly educated nannies. We believe every family deserves a nanny that goes above and beyond to care for their children. The following represents our nanny selection process. Starling Agency only refers the best of the best!
Our High Standards when Placing Nannies:
- Each applicant must demonstrate a passion for nurturing the development of children across their employment, academic, and personal history
- If a nanny meets our requirements, a multi-tiered interview is conducted
- Following the interview process, we extensively check references to verify each nanny’s experience
- Starling Agency then investigates each nanny’s background utilizing advanced research methods
Our Nannies Must Meet the Following Requirements:
- 21+ years
- Professional experience in childcare
- Demonstrate a passion for childcare and education
- Knowledgeable about age-appropriate enrichment activities
- Stellar childcare and character references
- Willingness to consent to a complete background screening
- Clean background record
- Clean driving record
- Ability to commit to a family’s preferred timeline
- Current CPR/First Aid certifications or willingness to renew
- Valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle
Further Details on the Types of Positions We Place:
Full-Time Nanny: Works on a regular schedule, typically 40 plus hours per week, within a family’s home. A nanny’s primary responsibility is to care for children, including children’s laundry, transportation, meals, development, bathing, and up-keep of the children’s belongings.
Part-Time Nanny: Works on a regular schedule, typically 10-30 hours per week, within a family’s home. Part-time nannies are responsible for any aspect relating to the children during working hours, including children’s laundry, transportation, meals, development, bathing, and up-keep of the children’s belongings.
Mother’s Helper: A mother’s helper assists the family while one or both parents are at home. Mother’s helpers often assist with childcare, laundry, cooking, cleaning or other household chores. Mother’s helpers may work anywhere between 10-40 plus hours a week.
Household Manager: A household manager works on a regular schedule, typically 20-40 plus hours a week. This person’s job description will vary depending on the needs of the family. The household manager will have hours during each work day when expected duties extend beyond childcare to things such as grocery shopping, errands, organization, appointment scheduling, and general upkeep of the daily needs of the household. A household manager’s role will balance caring for children and the daily operations of the home.
Personal Assistant: Personal assistants help with day-to-day operations and help employers navigate their daily tasks. A personal assistant, is relied upon to know their employers schedule inside and out. PA’s help plan tasks, coordinate travel, draft emails, organize, run errands, etc.
Temporary Nanny- Works on a regular schedule within a family’s home. A temporary nanny will often be employed with a family for any duration under 1 year. A temporary nanny’s primary responsibility is to care for children, including children’s laundry, transportation, meals, development, bathing, and up-keep of the children’s belongings.
Vacation Nanny- Works on a regular schedule with a family while on vacation. A vacation nanny will typically be employed with a family for a 1-2 week period. A vacation nanny’s primary responsibility is to care for the children’s recreation/entertainment, transportation, meals, bathing, and up-keep of the children’s health and belongings. A vacation nanny assists while at the destination as well as during travel periods.
Business Travel / Tour Nanny- Works an extended schedule alongside the employer while traveling for a period between 1 week-1 month. A travel / tour nanny will often act as a concierge, researching activities and outings to explore while the employer is otherwise unavailable. A travel / tour nanny’s primary responsibility is to care for the children’s recreation/entertainment, transportation, meals, bathing, and up-keep of the children’s health and belongings. A travel / tour nanny assists while at the destination as well as during travel period to and from the destination.
Newborn Care Specialist / Postpartum Doula- Newborn Care Specialists and Doula’s have two distinct roles. The primary role of a Newborn Care Specialist is to provide focused support and care of the newborn. This includes scheduling, feeding, sleep support, etc. A Newborn Care Specialist may work between 10 days and 3 months including 24 hour shifts, as needed. A Doula’s role includes care for the entire family. A Doula may help the mother recover after delivery, assist with feeding, routine, and/or manage light housekeeping, errands, and meal prep. A Doula typically works anywhere from a 1 week up to 3 months, 4-8 hours a day.
Tutor / Homeschool Teacher / Governess- Works on a regular schedule, no more than 1-4 hours a day, assisting with your child’s educational needs. The tutor/homeschool teacher’s primary responsibility is to develop and implement lessons and activities to enrich your child’s academic success. The tutor/homeschool teacher is not responsible for meals, transportation, laundry, bathing, etc.