Working with a nanny agency can be extremely helpful in finding the right nanny for your family. While there is a fee for their services, and the fees run the range, the benefits can be life-saving! Their services can save you so much time and exhaustion. Nanny agencies are professionals who know "the nanny market" – meaning they know what nannies are out there and where to find the best one for you. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your nanny agency:
1) Identify your family's needs! Casey from Rose's Agency says, "I love working with families who are communicative about their needs and open about their family unit and suggestions to make their home run smoothly."
2) Create a detailed job description that accurately reflects the job! This is so important. The job description will also help you create a work agreement once you have found the right person. Lindsay Aspell from The Nanny League noted, "We make sure that the family and nanny come to the terms of the agreement and each have a copy for their records upon hire. This certainly helps avoid any awkward confrontation or potential "grey areas" for discussion down the road." It all starts with a great job description.
3) Allow the agency some time to find the right nanny candidates. This process can sometimes take a beat. Let the professionals do their job for you. Melissa at The HelpCompany emphasized, "We tailor each search to every specific client; no two jobs are the same and therefore no two searches are ever the same."
4) If you are finding the agency is sending you candidates that don't seem to be the right fit, provide the agency with some clarification so they can provide you with the best service. Mimi at Westside Nannies reminded us, "making sure to touch base with your agency after interviewing candidates, as well as if any part of the search has changed for any reason, is critical in making sure the process goes off without a hitch. "
Most of all, nanny agencies just want to help you and provide you with the best nanny match for your family. Relax, breathe and let them do their magic!