Frequently Asked Questions
What makes Starling Agency stand apart from other nanny agencies in Seattle?
Starling Agency is a boutique nanny agency, dedicated to the success of our family and nanny connections. Our agency is run by two local childcare and education specialists, and supported by a team of household employment professionals. Together we are dedicated to helping your family find exceptional nanny support that will foster the best for our community. Our directors personally seek out professional nannies with backgrounds in education and child development. We utilize proprietary resources, professional networks, and expert screening methods, to help your family hire an exceptional nanny.
Starling Agency focuses on integrity and attention to detail when helping your family hire a nanny. The majority of our clients are recommended by word-of-mouth, which is a testament to our successful placements.
What to expect when working with Starling Agency?
The benefits are endless! As a boutique nanny agency, we are able to bring your nanny search the most focused care possible. Our personal approach, exceptional candidates, and specialized service makes all the difference. We aim to empower our clients with a 360° view of the entire nanny hiring process. With access to our directors and expert support team, your hiring experience will be highly personalized from beginning to end. This ensures your family’s goals and values are at the forefront of each stage.
Why choose an APNA approved nanny agency?
Add a layer of protection to help ensure you are making informed and lawful hiring decisions, by looking for the APNA seal of approval. Members of The Association of Premier Nanny Agencies undergo a thorough review process performed by leaders in the industry. As a proud APNA member, Starling operates with professional ethics and integrity.
Does your nanny agency have a wait list?
Great question! Due to our successful approach and high-caliber network, families will often contact Starling in advance to secure their nanny search. For this reason, we urge you to contact Starling Agency once you have decided to hire a nanny. Contact us today!
Why choose Starling Agency instead of the DIY approach?
We understand that with patience and a lot of luck you may be able to find the right nanny for your family. However, there are several reasons DIY resources aren’t ideal. For example, you may find sifting through the myriad of unqualified, unverified, and unresponsive applicants, extremely time-consuming and frustrating. Starling Agency can help eliminate this problem by referring you to a small pool of highly-qualified nannies, custom fit for your family. With years in the Seattle nanny industry, access to a private network of nannies, and the security of a professional nanny background screening, we are happy to offer your family the most convenient and secure hiring experience possible.
What types of positions do you place?
Whether you are looking for a long-term nanny, summer nanny, or postpartum care, Starling can help. We place full-time nannies, part-time nannies, temporary nannies, private educators, newborn care specialists, night nannies, doulas, personal assistants, tutors, household managers, and estate managers. We do not place live-in nannies.
What areas do you cover?
We specialize in placing nannies in the Greater Seattle area and Eastside.
How long does it take to find a nanny?
We ask that you allow a minimum of 2-6 weeks to find the right nanny for your family. This time frame allows us to review your family’s needs, reach out to our network, conduct interviews, contact references, and run a detailed nanny background screening.
How do you find your nannies?
Starling Agency is extremely proud to have access to a wide local network of professional nannies. Our relationship with families, nannies, and educators is the foundation of our practice. Our nanny candidates are primarily sourced through professional connections. In addition, our website, various professional forums, and continued word-of-mouth recommendations, allow us to broaden our resources and provide you with Seattle’s best nanny candidates.
Do you offer a placement guarantee?
Yes, indeedy! Our Placement Service offers a 180-day guarantee policy.
What does Starling Agency charge for a nanny placement?
A fee is paid to Starling Agency to cover the costs of your nanny search. The placement fee is equal to a percentage of your nanny’s gross annual salary. For more information click here.
What is the hourly rate for a nanny?
Nanny rates are contingent on the responsibilities you want your nanny to have, the number of children requiring care, and a nanny’s experience. Starling Agency is a reliable consultant, capable of suggesting a rate based on nanny experience and your family’s unique needs.
What about nanny taxes and Social Security?
A nanny is recognized by the IRS as a household employee. A nanny is not an independent contractor. We recommend all families comply with the IRS regulations regarding household employee tax and social security deductions. We are proud to be able to recommend an outstanding nanny payroll and tax service to help you.
What are your hours of operation?
As a busy family, we understand your time is limited. For this reason, we are flexible and able to be reached at your convenience. Please email to arrange the best possible time to speak.