Frequently Asked Questions
We appreciate your interest in working with Seattle Nanny. We receive a high volume of applications and while we are unable to connect with each applicant individually, please know that we keep your information on file. Our recruiting team will reach out to you when a position that fits your skills and experience comes along. Stay connected by following us on Facebook to check out the latest job updates.
The process of finding a job can be overwhelming and intimidating. When looking for a nanny position in particular, you are more vulnerable than the average job seeker. Your relationship with your boss is not buffered by co-workers and managers, and you have no supervisors to consult with if a problem arises. Some nannies believe that an agency characterizes a conflict of interest, and it’s not unreasonable to conclude that all agencies may not have the best interests of the nanny in mind. If you are unsure whether an agency is the best choice for you, we welcome the opportunity to speak with you and answer your questions.
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We require you to have had at least two years of paid employment working professionally with children. You must have three excellent childcare references and two character references, as well as a clear driving record. Our nannies typically have at least a two year college degree or higher. If you do not have a degree, but feel your experience is commensurate, we welcome you to apply. As a Seattle Nanny you will have the opportunity to take the International Nanny Association's exam, a terrific addition to your resume!
The best interests of the children will at all times remain your number one priority as a professional nanny. In addition to their safety and well-being, you will be expected to provide stimulating and educational activities which will enhance their development. You will be expected to maintain the condition of the working environment in the same or better condition than you found it, keeping work spaces safe and tidy. Child related errands, scheduling extracurricular activities, carpooling, children’s laundry and their meals are typically your responsibility.
Any additional duties can be negotiated prior to your employment. It is not uncommon for a family to request light housekeeping of main living spaces, meal preparation, family laundry, pet care, household related errands, or vacation travel. It is up to you to let the agency know what you are and aren’t willing to do, and to pre-set these criteria prior to meeting with families or accepting a position, so there are no misunderstandings. As an agency we work hard to determine the needs and desires of our nannies at the beginning of the search process, to avoid confusion later. We understand that a happy nanny and family will continue to work together harmoniously long term, which is our goal
If the family employer works full time (40 hours per week) the nanny typically works 45 to 50 hours per week to allow the parents commute time. These hours typically fall within 8am to 6pm Monday through Friday. If a family requests atypical hours such as evenings or weekends, you will be made aware of this prior to interviewing with them. Part time roles average between 20-30 hours a week and schedules vary between 2-3 long days or afternoons and evenings more than 5 days a week.
Yes, the hours beyond 40 per week are either paid at a time and one half rate, or are factored into your salary to ensure that you are compensated fairly and your employers are within compliance.
If you register with Seattle Nanny and you do not have health insurance, we will make this need a top priority and send you only to families who are willing to provide this in the compensation package. Once placed you will have a consultation with our selected insurance carrier and set up with a plan that most closely suits your individual needs.
Clients who register with Seattle Nanny adhere to market standards and provide on average a minimum of two weeks paid vacation, 3 to 5 paid days of sick leave, 4 to 7 paid holidays, sick pay and gas or mileage reimbursement. Some families also provide cell phone allowances, tuition reimbursement, annual bonuses and petty cash funds for extracurricular activities.
We are proud of the support we lend to our network of nannies. If you are an in network nanny and you have issues or concerns, we begin by simply listening to you, or if necessary, recommending professional third party mediation at no additional expense, such as through our relationship with Dr. Heller, the nationally renowned “Nanny Doctor”.
We are also proactive in our approach to serving the nannies we work with by offering guidance and tips in professionalism from the pre-interview to post-placement phase in an effort to make for a positive employment experience. Additionally, we offer opportunities for networking with other nannies through training and continuing education.
For emergency preparedness, you must be able to drive and possess a valid driver’s license and vehicle. If you wish to be placed in a position that does not require carpooling or excessive driving, simply let us know and we will do our best to accommodate your needs. Keep in mind, the majority of families do require driving as a part of the job.
We welcome applications from candidates who are also parents. Bringing your child is not a common benefit or arrangement that the families we work with, offer. However, on the rare occasion a position becomes available, our recruiting team will reach out to those who have expressed interest in this arrangement.
We require a minimum commitment of twelve months for permanent placements, but families are usually hoping for much longer. Please be very clear about your intentions for the future so that we can match you with a family who has similar expectations. If you’re looking for short term work (minimum 3 months), we recommend becoming part of our Back Up Care team!
Not at all. We do not place live-in nannies as a standard rule. If you are interested in this type of position let us know, but also keep in mind that you will also be required to consider live out positions to broaden your search.
We recommend that you apply with our agency early. The process can take time, and the better understanding we have of your “dream job” the more prepared we will be when the time to search arises. (Please note that if you have been placed with one of our families we may not initiate a new search until you have submitted your resignation and we have secured a positive reference from that position). The description of a ‘star quality’ nanny is one who is flexible, possesses excellent interpersonal skills, a high level of maturity, and has a sincere love of children and the job, which is reflected by multiple excellent references. Any blemish on your background report including an unsatisfactory reference, may delay the process or render you unplaceable by this agency.
In the current market we are seeing placed nannies earn between $20-30+/hour or $800-1200/week on average for full time and about $24-28+/hour for part time. (Keep in mind that the higher range of pay ($22-30 or more per hour) requires a an applicant to have an exemplary portfolio). The family who hires you is your employer, and they will be responsible for employment taxes as required by law. We work with a payroll firm who offer direct deposit and quarterly filing to simplify the process. Our advisers are available to answer yours (and your employers) questions at any time with regard to payment and taxes. Click here for more information on tax and payroll.
Washington is an at-will state and any agreement you sign with a family is simply a job description, and not a contract that can require you to stay against your will. However, it’s important to understand that when you accept a job with one of our clients you are agreeing to work for them a minimum of at least twelve months, unless otherwise noted. The financial and emotional upheaval to a family when their nanny decides to break this agreement can be overwhelming and we ask that you give careful consideration to such a decision. Please also bear in mind the reflection on your resume. Future employers will want to see at least a year or more with each employer, as well as positive references..
We have many clients who require only short term care. However, due to the investment we make in you, we request that you commit to our agency for a minimum of twelve months, even if your schedule only allows for part time (i.e. you are currently employed part time and would like to pick up additional shifts to supplement your income).
We require all of our placed nannies to be up to date with their Infant, Child and Adult CPR and First Aid certifications. To obtain current certification we also recommend a course offered at Seattle Children’s Hospital found here. This training fulfills Seattle Nanny requirements.
We list all of our current job openings here. We also post job listings to our Facebook page. For up-to-the-minute listings, we recommend joining The Nanny Link. These include very specific details about the families we work with. Our goal is to provide detailed information about each family and what they are looking for.
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