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 mom-owned and operated industry professionals. 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 is a member of several professional nanny agency associations which establish the highest level of ethical business standards. As educators, childcare experts, and parents we are dedicated to helping your family find exceptional childcare.

Starling Agency focuses on integrity and attention to detail when helping your family hire a nanny. Starling Agency has been recognized as a leader in the nanny industry by The Association of Premier Nanny Agencies, Red Tricycle, ParentMap, and Nanny Magazine. 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, specialized services, and affordable rates are the hallmark of our agency. With direct access to our directors and expert support team, your hiring experience will be highly personalized from beginning to end. Starling Agency personally cares for your placement, each step of the way. This ensures your family’s goals and values are at the forefront of each stage. Additionally, Starling’s local support team offers unmatched expertise in the areas of background screening and nanny taxes and payroll. Simply put, our hands-on and accessible approach makes all the difference during the detail-rich nanny hiring process.

Why Chose an APNA approved Nanny Agency?

Add a layer of protection to help ensure you’re 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 due-diligence and professional integrity. Upholding your family’s best interest is the heart of our service!

Why is Starling Agency so Affordable Compared to Other Nanny Agencies in Seattle?

As a boutique nanny agency, we are able to bring you great results at a lower rate. We firmly believe in providing professional expertise to meet a variety of budgets. For this reason, we are proud to offer nanny placement services that are custom and affordable.

Does Your Nanny Agency Have a Wait List?

Due to our successful approach and high-caliber network, families will often register 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!

How Does Starling Agency’s Background Screening Compare to Other Services?

We work with a professional licensed private investigative agency. Unlike online data generators, which are very limited in scope, our PI accesses current federal, state, and local resources. We take the utmost care by investigating candidates through numerous databases, both digital and physical, using all known names and places of residence to verify identity and history. In addition to our nanny background reports, Starling thoroughly interviews references and reviews each candidate’s online presence. We make certain that each candidate’s character is verified thoroughly.

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.

How Long Does It take to Find a Nanny?
We ask that you allow 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 report. We urge you to reach out immediately if you are hiring a nanny during COVID-19.

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. The primary source of our nannies and clients has been through personal 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. 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.

I’m Managing My Own Nanny Search But Need Extra Help. Can Starling Agency Help?

Absolutely. As an alternative to our Placement Service, we offer a screening option to assist with your independent nanny search. Our Screening Service is very popular with families that would like to handle the majority of their nanny search, with the addition of professional support to ensure they are making an informed and lawful hiring decision.

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. Generally, nannies in our network start at $25/hr. 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 local, mom-operated, nanny payroll and tax service to help you.

Does My Nanny Need to Have CPR/First Aid Training?

It is vital, in the event of an emergency, that you and your nanny be able to perform CPR, AED, and First Aid. We seek nanny candidates that have Adult/Child/Infant CPR & First Aid training. If a nanny candidate has out-of-date certifications, or is not certified, they must agree to acquire training before being referred by our agency. For more information regarding training courses, please visit CPR Seattle, or call CPR Seattle at: (206) 504-3280.

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.

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