How to choose a nanny agency

I know, I know, I’m supposed to be telling you about what I’ve been reading this week, and I have been reading a lot on the bus, but it’s mostly been “The Economist”.  Now that I have a few free minutes, I’m back to looking for a nanny agency and have found a couple of useful guides:

The Canadian Caregiver’s Association – a not for profit group that is trying to implement some industry standards has a guide.  So far the best guide I’ve found is from an agency itself.  I know it’s suspect to get the information “from the horse’s mouth”, but this site was full of great tips and tricks:  http://www.execunannies.com/hr_approach.html   If you click on the link, you’ll find the focus is more about hiring the nanny than the agency.  And that’s exactly why I think the list is so great.  I’m looking for an agency that can help me find a great nanny for my family, and this agency has suggestions on how to do that.

Navigating Nanny Agencies

As we started to look into hiring an live-in nanny, we’ve entered this whole murky world of nanny agencies.  While I’m sure there are many good agencies out there, I have yet to find one with which I’m comfortable.  The first ones I’ve found are the “No Fee” services?  No fees?  That doesn’t make any sense.  Who’s paying the bill?  It turns out the nanny.  She’s being charged $3-5k + usury interest rates.  I don’t want any part of that.

Further to my investigation I had trouble sourcing information about reviews for these agencies, or tips on how to tell if an agency is legitimate.  Some are independent agencies, some have 2-3 different company names, but are all really the same company underneath.

Nanny Agencies – my investigation

I’m going to start chronicling my research, in the hopes that others won’t have to do the same work.  If you know where this research is already done, please, please save me time on the web and point me in the right direction.