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Library & FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What overall considerations should I have to find the perfect nanny for my family? ANanny 411

  2. How do I select a nanny agency? Do I need a nanny agency?

  3. What should I know about online nanny services?

  4. What is the difference between a nanny and an au pair?

  5. What does a nanny typically do? What should I reasonably expect and what shouldn't I expect?

  6. When interviewing and hiring a nanny, should I meet the nanny in person or can I interview and hire the nanny over the telephone?

  7. Do I need a Work Agreement? How do I write a job description?

  8. Can a foreign nanny legally work in the United States?

  9. Should I have a contract with my nanny?

  10. What special considerations are there for live in nannies?

  11. What is nanny sharing and how does it work? I have one preschooler and would like to share a nanny to split the costs and give my child a playmate. What should I be aware of?

  12. When I hire a nanny, do I need to get special insurance?

  13. Many agencies say they do thorough background checks on their applicants. What do they mean and what do I need to do myself?

  14. What is the "typical price" (if there is such a thing) for a nanny?
    Wages, benefits, compensation package.

  15. We are expecting our second child. Is there any guideline for what percentage increase in wages is appropriate for a nanny that will be caring for two (2yrs and newborn)?

  16. I have been working with my family for almost a year. Should I expect a raise?

  17. Our nanny will be required to stay overnight on occasion when both parents are out of town. How is this time compensated?

  18. We need our nanny to drive our daughter to/from pre-school three days a week. How is this handled?

  19. We are planning to rent a beach house for a month this summer. We expect the nanny to travel with us. How is this handled?

  20. We cannot seem to keep a nanny more than six months before they leave for another job. What can we do to get more stability?


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