How to Hire a Nanny
Nanny Agency Tips
Are you wondering how to hire a nanny? Starling Agency Nanny Placement is happy to break down the process. From our family to yours, we hope you find the best nanny ever!
Before you begin the nanny hiring process, decide what type of caregiver will best suit your needs. Full-time, part-time, live-in, live-out? Exactly how many hours per week? What responsibilities will your nanny be in charge of? What type of personality will work best with your family style? What are some must-have professional qualities? What are some deal-breakers?
What is your budget for employing a nanny? Familiarize yourself with the current hourly rates in your area. Your nanny’s rate will be determined by experience, number of children, and responsibilities. It is essential to honor minimum wage and overtime laws, in compliance with Fair Labor Standards.
Once your nanny job description is developed, post the opportunity through trusted resources. Be extremely cautious with public sites that do not screen members in person. Be aware of issues concerning false identity, scams, phishing, and unreliable background reporting. Do not share too much personal information or family photos.
Consider each candidate’s experience and professionalism. Does their experience fit your family’s needs? Do they convey interest with a professional dialogue, such as a cover letter, a detailed resume, and letters of recommendation?
Once you have a few potential candidates, arrange phone interviews. If your goals line-up, schedule in-person interviews in a safe location, such as a cafe. Be sure to review this deluxe set of nanny interview questions to help break the ice and discover if a candidate meets your expectations.
Take extra care while evaluating background check services. This is one of the most important hiring steps. Not all background checks are reliable, and unfortunately, you get what you pay for.
Contact a minimum of 3 professional childcare references. You’ll want to make sure references are indeed valid former employers. Family, friends, and former co-workers are not appropriate employment references.
Verify whether their CPR/FA certifications are up to date. Ask if their training was hands-on or online. Starling always recommends hands-on CPR/FA training!
Once you have found the ideal candidate, notify them with a formal job offer. If the offer is accepted, you’ll want to inform the other applicants that the position has been filled.
Your nanny is considered a household employee, not an independent contractor. As a household employer, you are responsible for paying employment taxes. Determine how you will manage nanny payroll and taxes and file for a Federal Employer Identification Number. Your nanny will need to complete an I-9 to verify eligibility to work in the United States and a W4 for tax withholding. You’ll also want to consult with your insurance broker to make sure you have enough coverage for a household employee.
This will be the foundation for all responsibilities and expectations. If any questions arise, you can simply consult your work agreement. Include pay, job requirements, hours, duties, benefits, etc.
If you’ve had any hiccups during the sourcing or hiring process, contact Starling Nanny Agency for help! We are here to help you hire a professional nanny in Seattle. We also offer a popular nationwide consulting service for families looking for support in hiring a nanny.
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