Families want a nurturing, safe and stimulating environment so their children can thrive. The best Nannies do a great job of creating that atmosphere.
We know how important the safety of your family and your home is. We work hard to screen all of our Nannies and check every reference. We practice “full disclosure,” which means that we share all pertinent information about candidates with our clients so that you can make a fully informed hiring decision. We’ll never withhold information from you just to push a candidate through. We will keep you informed of our progress screening your chosen candidates throughout your search.
It is important to us that you feel confident that the Nanny you hire through Town + Country will keep your children and home safe. Just as important, we work closely with you to understand your family’s unique needs so that we can match you with a Nanny who will be a great fit.
The duties of a full-time or part-time Nanny can include:
Childcare: The Nuts and Bolts
Helping busy parents ensure that essential childcare tasks are done right.
- Preparing children for their day; dressing, grooming, breakfast, and getting them organized
- Preparing meals for the kids
- Driving children to school, appointments and activities
- Laundering clothes
- Tidying up after children
- Childcare: Developmental
Enriching children’s intellectual, emotional and physical development.
- Tutoring and helping with homework
- Initiating and participating in enriching activities
- Playing sports and exercising
- Story time and reading
- Connecting during “just hanging out” time
Managing and maintaining the household.
- Loading and emptying the dishwasher and keeping the kitchen tidy
- Taking out garbage and recycling
- Taking care of pets
- Planning birthdays, play-dates and other activities
Doing household errands.
- Grocery shopping
- Personal shopping for family
- Picking up or dropping off dry cleaning
Compensation for a Nanny is usually based on two factors: the amount of experience your Nanny brings to the position and the duties included in the Nanny job description. We can help you determine the appropriate compensation that will work for your family and the Nanny.
Full-time Nannies who live in the home work between 35 and 55 hours per week and earn $3,000 to $3,500 per month on average. Full-time Nannies who live outside the home work more than 35 hours per week and typically earn $20 to $30 per hour. Part-time Nannies generally work between 20 and 35 hours per week and likewise earn $20 to $30 per hour.
Many families provide benefits that may include:
- Paid sick days
- Paid vacation
- Paid holidays
- Medical insurance
Part-time benefits may include:
- Paid sick days
- Paid vacation
- Paid holidays
What clients and staff are saying
“I was just named Chief of Neurosurgery. My husband and I have both achieved our professional goals and raised sweet and loving children. I tell Gina, our nanny who’s been with us for 14 years, that we couldn’t have done it without her. We’re grateful to Gina and to Town + Country for finding just the right nanny for our family.” —Eileen, Surgeon and Mom
“Working with families and nannies requires asking the right questions – really digging into the details about how families live day-to-day and what they value when raising their kids.” —Sarah Thigpen, Town + Country
What is the difference between a Nanny and an au pair?
An au pair is treated as a member of the family, not an employee like a Nanny, and comes from a foreign country as a part of a cultural exchange program administered by the U.S. Department of State working with approved agencies placing candidates under a so-called “J-1” visa. Au pairs have limited duties that encompass care of children but most may not perform household tasks like laundry or managing the household in the parents’ absence. Unlike Nannies, au pairs are limited to a 45-hour work week and are limited to a one to two-year stay in the United States. Also, while Nannies vary in age, au pairs must be aged 18 to 26 years old. There are additional requirements imposed by the terms of the au pair’s visa, including that the au pair has been hired through a special agency approved by the U.S. Department of State.
What is Share Care?
When two or more families hire one Nanny to care for all the children, it’s called a “share care” arrangement. For a share care arrangement to work effectively, the participating families need to have a compatible geography, budget, values and preferences for how their children will be cared for. Typically, a Nanny will require a somewhat higher wage to care for more children. For tax purposes, each family participating in the share care is considered to be a separate employer. We encourage you to consult with us to evaluate whether share care is the right option for your family. We can help you make the right decision.
Which positions are similar to a Nanny?
A Family Assistant is most similar to a Nanny. Family Assistants take care of children while also helping to run the home. We often place highly qualified candidates who work as a combined Nanny & Family Assistant. Housekeepers primarily focus on keeping a home clean, but some Housekeepers might be able to help with childcare as well, typically on a back-up basis. Baby Nurses are similar to Nannies; the major difference is the age of the child being cared for. Some Nannies have experience caring for newborns and very young babies, while other Nannies have more experience caring for older children. Baby Nurses focus only on newborns, and typically only during the nighttime hours. Baby Nurses can also provide guidance to new Moms and Dads on feeding, sleeping and breastfeeding. We can help you choose household professional who will be the right fit for your family.