A Low Cost Alternative To Full Service San Diego Nanny Agencies: A Nanny Hiring Consultant
Full Service Nanny Agencies
There are two main alternatives when it comes to finding a nanny: full service agencies and nanny databases. Full service nanny agencies are by far the easiest alternative but the most expensive. The good ones are likely to survive even during a recession, because they provide a lot of value. Good agencies work closely with you to find the best nanny for your family. They have conducted extensive screening on the nanny candidates they send you, including a thorough in-person interview, thorough reference checks, high quality background checks, and in some cases, a personality test. If you use a quality agency, you also gain the benefit of the agency’s personal relationship and track record with many of the nannies they send you. The quality agencies also provide a replacement policy, often one year for full time placements.
You can also go to an inexpensive nanny database to find nanny applicants. There are many to choose from. The main advantage to using a database is the low cost. You’ll find lots of candidates, some of whom have experience and solid references, many of whom do not. It’s not much different than the old-fashioned method of finding a nanny yourself by placing an ad in the newspaper. You used to be inundated with phone calls; now you’re inundated with e-mails. It’s up to you to determine who the solid nannies are, and this takes time and can be overwhelming. To avoid the revolving nanny door, which can be disruptive to your children, you have to do your homework. The more information a database initially provides about each candidate, the easier it will be for you to narrow your search to the best candidates. Most database present a basic “nanny profile”, which is a short narrative written by the nanny. The profile usually tells you very little about her real qualifications. Interviewing nannies in person is time-expensive, and it’s important to have a good overall picture of who the nanny is and what her references think of her before you take the time to meet her.
At Safe and Sound Nannies, families have the option of either using our full service agency, or working with Dr. Ann Wycoff as a nanny hiring consultant, no matter what city you live in. If you find several candidates through a database, you can contact Dr. Wycoff and send your candidates online to complete our screening information, including a detailed application, online personality screen with report, and online interview questions. Dr. Wycoff will help you assess your candidates and choose the right match for your family. She’ll offer her professional advice on assessing the nanny’s experience, checking references, determining if she’s the right match for your family, determining her personality strengths and weaknesses, conducting a professional in-person interview, running a quality background check, etc. When you use Dr. Wycoff as your nanny hiring consultant, you can expect to pay $100-$400, depending on how much assistance you want.