Updated: Jul 22, 2019
Hello there, welcome to the Nanny Miller Agency blog! We are a Nanny Training and Placement Agency in the Toledo area.
Using an agency to help your family find a nanny is a big decision! Here are some advantages of using an agency:
1. Screening and Regulation-
There are so many options out there for finding care for your family. There are agencies, there are online platforms, you can even ask friends on your favorite Mom’s group online. The problem with these online sites is that there is no regulation. Anybody can make a profile and claim anything they want. They can claim to have years of experience, great references, and open availability. But it comes down to it and the candidate can make all of that up. It’s up to you as a parent to confirm all of their employment, their references, and their experience. That is a lot of pressure for parents, not to mention scary! An agency makes that easier by doing all that work for you. An agency will confirm their experience and references for you, they meet with them face to face, and get a good feel for their personality before referring them to your family.
2. Agencies know the industry
It simply comes down to the fact that an Agency knows the industry. We know the standards. We know the right questions to ask. We know the red flags to look for when screening and doing reference checks. Families often get into an employment arrangement with a nanny that isn’t the right fit because they just don’t know. And that’s okay, that’s why we want to help! We are here every step of the way to offer help, suggestions, and standards.
Most families are not knowledgeable about the tax and employment laws for household employees. That’s where a great agency comes in handy! We all have a basic understanding of how the employment taxes work, and when we don’t know something we have great resources for tax and payroll agencies that CAN answer your questions and guide you in the right direction. That makes this process so simple for families and they don’t have to stress about it.
4. Personal Touch-
An advantage of hiring an agency to find the right nanny for your family is the personal touch they provide. Most agencies will meet with you in your home and get to know your family on a personal level. In order to really find what you are looking for as a family, we ask in depth questions that help us figure out how to best assist. Hiring a nanny to be in your home and helping to raise your children is such a personal and intimate decision. We want to make sure it’s the right decision. As an agency we are right by your side every step of the way because we truly care about your family. Any time you have a question or a concern, or a new idea we are there to listen and provide advice and support!
Let’s face it. There is a lot of work that goes into hiring a nanny. Let’s say you find 4 potential candidates on an online site. You put in the work to check all their resumes, their references, and their experience. Then 2 don’t show up for an interview, 1 didn’t vibe with your family style, and the last one took another job. Now you’re back at square one and you have already invested so much time! Using an agency means we do all the work for your family and you aren’t wasting any time. Which as working parents we understand and is already so precious and limited! Why waste it sorting through candidates that don’t even show up for interviews?
6. Back up-
After you put in all the work of finding a great candidate it’s always possible that it’s not the right fit, or she decides to take another position, or anything else happens and she can’t work for your family any longer. When you use an Agency, most of them have replacement periods. This ensures that 30, 60, or 90 days after your nanny has started working for your family- you are still covered and the agency will start the search over for you! That means you have built in back up versus trying on your own and being back at square one if things don’t work out!
Overall, an Agency will save your family time and energy while providing you with the security of a vetted and screened candidate! We know the industry, we know the red flags, and we understand your family’s needs. Using an Agency can feel like a major investment, but it’s worth it to give you peace of mind and eliminate all of these headaches and hassles!