The Benefits of Working With a Nanny Agency
When consulting with families, many new parents ask, “Why work with an nanny agency when we can conduct the search on our own?” While this may be true, there are many benefits to working with a local agency or a consultant such at The Nanny Doctor. Before you decide how to find your next nanny, be sure to truly weigh the benefits that working with an agency can afford both you and your family.
Choosing from a closed pool of qualified candidates: In most cases, agencies work exclusively with career or professional nannies. In working with an agency you automatically weed out those candidates that do not have sufficient experience or dedication to the childcare field. Many agencies' candidates will hold additional certifications and specialized skills that pertain to the childcare word.
Pre-Interview and preliminary reference check is already completed: When working with an agency, not only is this important step already completed in advance, but it is conducted by seasoned professionals who understand what type of questions to ask candidates, and have already verified their references.
Agency sets up interviews and trial days to fit your family’s schedule: This benefit to working with an agency will save you lots of time and energy when conducting interviews and trials. Most agencies not only work around your schedule, but also handle informing candidates of all the important details such as time, location and directions.
Assisting in negotiation of employee work agreements and contracts: Once you do find your perfect candidate, many agencies will help negotiate pay, benefits, hours and sometimes work agreements with your new nanny. This step helps ensure that both the nanny's and the family’s expectations are communicated from the start of employment and will help prevent possible disagreement in the future.
One challenge to working with an agency may be the fee. But you’re paying for services that may make your search much more safe, secure, simple and far less time consuming. Also, it's important to keep in mind that there is no governing body that regulates agencies. However, the Association of Premier Nanny Agencies (APNA) can provide guidance for families. It is extremely important to look into an agency’s reputation. If you do go the agency route be sure to do some research to find the right agency that will work in your best interest.
By Dr. Lindsay Heller, Psy. D.
Dr. Heller is a mother of two sweet girls. When she’s not playing “tea party,” she’s a professional nanny consultant known as The Nanny Doctor. She blogs, tweets and Facebooks endless nanny wisdom. Check her out at TheNannyDoctor.com or on Twitter @thenannydoctor.
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