Frequently Asked Questions For Nannies


Q: What are the requirements to become a nanny?

A: Requirements are:

  • High School diploma
  • One year or more experience in daycare, a year or more experience as a nanny (other than family), or working on a degree in a child-related field i.e. child development, teaching, child & family services etc.  
  • Willing to sign a contract for a minimum of one year. Exceptions: summer, vacation or temporary nannies.
  • U.S. citizenship. 
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and a reliable car. Clean driving records are preferred.
  • Proof of state-required insurance before starting position.
  • Be in good health.
  • Have three (3) childcare references that can be verified. These can include previous nanny experience, daycare experience, teaching experience, home childcare experiences, camp counselor or working in child care at a church.
  • Three (3) character references that can be verified. These cannot be best friends, boyfriends or relatives. We prefer co-workers, (current or past) previous teachers, family friends or people who have known you for a period of time.
  • Due to the growing concern of second-hand smoke and the increase in asthma and allergies in children, most families require non-smokers.

All nannies that are placed have driving records and child abuse records verified.

Q: What is the average length of nanny-family contracts?

A: You must make at least a one year commitment for most situations. Summer nannies must be available from June through mid August.

Q: Must I relocate?

A: Most jobs are local. We do place some nannies out of state occasionally, but the choice is yours.

Q: What duties am I expected to perform?

A: Nannies are responsible for light housekeeping duties in regard to the children, simple meals for children, laundry for children and driving to and from school, appointments, activities and some errands.

Q: Do I need to provide my own vehicle?

A: Yes, you do need access to your own vehicle during your working hours. Most families pay mileage or a gas allowance for all driving while on duty.

Q: Do I have to pay a fee?

A: Nannies do not pay a fee for our service.

Q: How many hours per day should I expect to work?

A: The average nanny's work day is 9 - 10 hours, although there can be slight variations in certain family situations.

Q: Are there both live-in and live-out opportunities?

A: Most of our families are looking for live out positions; occasionally families will provide housing for their nannies. You may decide which is right for you.

Q: What about health insurance?

A: Although not required, occasionally families provide health insurance. Some families will contribute to a health plan. We have information available on several companies offering nanny group insurance at reasonable rates.

Q: How do I apply?

A: In order to apply, complete the preliminary application on this website, or call us at 515-254-2240, to speak directly with us.

Q: What happens next?

A: We will contact you as soon as we have received your completed application, and we will go over it with you. If we feel that we have families that are potential matches, we will set up a time for you to come in for a personal interview to get acquainted and identify the type of position you are looking for. You will also be able to read family profiles to learn more about our customers who are searching for their perfect nanny.




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