Nanny Selection Process

Starling Agency only refers the most qualified and dedicated nannies. As the best nanny agency in Seattle, we specialize in referring nannies that are passionate about helping children learn and grow. We place professional nannies, private teachers, newborn care specialists, special needs educators, household managers, family assistants, personal assistants, and more. We believe every family deserves a nanny that goes above and beyond to care for their children!


Our High Standards

  • Applicants must present stellar employment, academic, and personal histories
  • If a nanny meets our professional requirements, a multi-tiered interview is conducted
  • In addition to professional qualifications, we evaluate reliability and promptness
  • Following the initial interview process, we extensively check references and credentials
  • Our private investigator then investigates each nanny’s background utilizing advanced research methods

Nanny 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 professional background screening
  • Clean background screening
  • 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
  • Non-smoker

Nanny Roles

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.

Family Assistant: A family assistant works on a regular schedule, typically 20-40 plus hours a week. A family assistant’s role involves childcare as well as helping with the daily operations of the household. Tasks may involve organization, errands, meal prep, etc.

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 include grocery shopping, errands, organization, appointment scheduling, event planning, travel planning, administrative tasks, supervising staff, etc. A household manager’s role may or may not balance caring for children along with 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 / Travel Nanny: Works on a regular schedule with a family while travelling. 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 periods to and from the destination.

Newborn Care Specialist (NCS): 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 overnight shifts or 24 hour shifts, as needed.

Postpartum Doula: A Postpartum 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.

Private Teacher / Tutor / Homeschool Teacher / Governess: Works on a regular schedule, no more than 1-5 hours a day, assisting with your child’s educational needs. The private teacher’s primary responsibility is to develop and implement lessons and activities to enrich your child’s academic success. The educator is not responsible for meals, transportation, laundry, bathing, etc.


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