Step 1: The first step for long-term, short-term, live-out or live-in nanny or caregiver placement is a consultation with families, where we discuss your needs and preferences, review our placement and referral process and answer any questions you may have.
Step 2: To move forward, we will review and sign together our service agreement and collect a retainer fee which initiates the nanny, family assistant or caregiver placement process. While we may currently have a candidate in process that might be a good fit, we are prepared to search for the most appropriate candidates for your family. Each family's needs are unique and the entire process typically ranges from one to six weeks in duration.
Step 3: Next, you will be presented with complete candidate portfolios (see list below) for your review. Once you have reviewed the candidate information, arrangements will be made for you to personally interview the individuals(s) that you have selected. Typically, families consider one to three candidates before making a hiring decision. We recommend an initial interview and a working interview before you make your final decision.
Step 4: Once you have selected the best pre-screened candidate for your position, we will assist with negotiating your position offer and then preparing an employment agreement describing duties, hours, pay, and the expectations of both parties. We will conduct a placement meeting with you and your new household employee where we will review the agreement details together. At this meeting, you and your new employee will sign your working agreement and your placement fee balance will be collected.
As part of a thorough screening process, each candidate portfolio contains the following:
Introductory letter from the candidate
Current resume showing specific related experience and/or education in the field of child-development/education OR related work experience to Caregiving and/or Assisting Families / Household Management
Completed Essay Questions / Situational childcare questions for nanny positions
Three or more excellent recommendations. In the portfolio, you’ll see detailed notes from our conversations with each candidate’s references, but families are encouraged to speak to a candidate’s references, before making a hiring decision
In-person interview with our agency. Notes from our interview with the candidate are included in the candidate portfolio
Criminal background screening and motor vehicle background check
CPR and First Aid Certification
Valid social security card &/or passport, driver’s license and auto insurance/registration
A photo of the nanny candidate
Candidates must be at least twenty years of age
Pre-employment drug screening, if requested by hiring family
WHY FAMILIES CHOOSE
Time-Saving for busy families! Advertising, screening, interviewing, and confirming candidate information is time-consuming work.
Prepared Written Job Description and Employment Agreement personalized for each family’s needs. This sets the stage for a successful working relationship with your household employee and helps to prevent misunderstandings down the road. Many families are not aware of IRS obligations and other household employment issues. These are clearly addressed, and we are able to provide solid information and professional resources to families that will give them peace of mind and confidence. We discuss tax credits that benefit families employing nannies and caregivers.
Guarantee with each long-term nanny placement, we include a replacement / satisfaction guarantee of three months (90 days) at no extra charge. At any time, we are available to answer questions and dialogue with you about household employment. If we can't answer your question, we will help you find the answer.
RETAINER | PLACEMENT FEES
Please call our office for specifics regarding agency fees. A non-refundable retainer is required to initiate the search for your nanny or caregiver. The balance of the placement fee is due at the time that the Work Agreement is signed and your employee is scheduled to start working for your family.
NANNY | FAMILY ASSISTANT COMENSATION
It is our desire to place qualified individuals with our valued client families that are prepared to compensate their nanny or caregiver at a sustainable wage. Generally, we consider this range for a qualified nanny or caregiver to be $20-22 per hour. This can vary based on job description, work hours, flexibility required, number and ages of children and the individual candidate’s level of experience and education. It is becoming standard to offer a compensation package that may include some or all of the following: Paid vacation, sick days, holidays, and a contribution toward health insurance. While you may not be required by law to offer these benefits, you may attract the most desirable candidates if you consider some benefits as part of your nanny’s compensation package.
When you are ready to move forward and would like to schedule a home consultation, we have day or evening appointment times available. The in-home consultation is currently available to these areas in Idaho: Boise, Eagle, Meridian, Nampa, Star, and the Greater Treasure Valley and proceeding west to the Oregon border, east to Sun Valley and the surrounding area, and also to McCall, and surrounding areas. There is a mileage charge for consultations outside of the Boise / Treasure Valley area.