Hiring a private nanny to work in your home can be daunting… but it can also be one of the best decisions you will ever make when it comes your child’s care. While quality childcare is an important investment in your child’s future, smart working moms know that the quality of child care they have can make or break a career. That is why is so important to take the time to choose wisely when it comes to the person who will have so much one-on-one time with your child and why it is a good idea to rely on professionals to help you do it.
The first years of a child’s life are the most important developmentally. Studies show that children who have one-on-one time in these younger years in life do better later on in their studies, interpersonal relationships, and are more confident.
What Should I Look For a Nanny?
Your first objective in looking for a nanny is to find someone who will make the needs of your child the highest priority. You should also seek a nanny who has similar beliefs, values, and interests as your family.
Because we go through great lengths to screen our nannies, we are better able to fine a nanny that meets your very specific needs.
Our Nannies must:
- Have a genuine love and respect for children
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Have a high school diploma or GED
- Be willing to make a commitment of at least one year
- Have a good rapport with others in the community
- Be CPR/First Aid Certified or a willingness to become so
- Be willing to attend regular Hilton Head Nannies & Companions training events
- Be a non-smoker and abstain from drug use (drug testing available at client's expense)
- Have an excellent driving record
- Have verifiable childcare experience
- Provide a minimum of three childcare, 3 personal and 3 work references*
- Be in good general health and where required, provide proof of immunization & a negative TB test/and or chest x-ray
- Sign a contract with Hilton Head Nannies & Companions that gives permission for the use of Nanny Cameras with or without audio
- Submit to a National Criminal Background Check, a Social Security Number Verification Check, and a Sexual Offender Registry Check.
What are the typical duties of a nanny?
The primary responsibility of a nanny is the complete care of their employer's children. No other duty, request, or responsibility should come first.
· Tending to each child's basic physical needs
· Simple meal planning and preparation
· Laundry and clothing care for children
· Organization of play activities and outings
· Organization of educational activities and projects
· Social activities (birthday parties, play groups)
Some nannies are also willing to take on extra responsibilities around the house. These might include:
· Parent's laundry
· Shopping and errands
· Loading/unloading the dishwasher
· Taking out the trash
· Tidying up at the end of the day
· Doing a complete clean of the home once per week
Every nanny's responsibilities are unique and should be negotiated prior to placement.
What hours do nannies typically work?
This, too, is dependent on the needs of the family. Nannies typically work Monday through Friday. While each work agreement is unique, most full-time nannies work 30-60 hours per week. Part-time nannies typically work 15-20 hours per week.
Nannies usually receive 1-2 weeks paid vacation, as well as all or some of the following paid holidays: New Year's Eve, New Years Day, Memorial Day, 4th of Juy, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, The Day After Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
What do nannies typically make?
A nanny's salary is dependent on several factors:
· Previous experience
· Education in the field
· The number of children
· The nanny's responsibilities
· The number of hours the nanny is expected to work each week
· The benefit package the family is offering
The beginning salary for nannies just entering the field ranges from $250-$400 for a live-in nanny. More experienced nannies are paid $350-800. Most live-out nannies charge by the hour. Here in the Southeast, live-out nannies average $12-18 per hour.
What benefits do candidates expect?
Some nannies request benefits while others do not. Generally, candidates ask for benefits comparable to what they received in their last (or current) position. While Hilton Head Nannies & Companions does not mandate benefits, families should understand that benefits make a position much more marketable to candidates. Below average nannies are numerous, however, the market is much more competitive for highly qualified nannies.
Some benefits your family may want to consider are: 1-2 weeks paid vacation, health insurance or a medical "allowance" (such as $50-200/month), sick/personal days, paid major holidays, mileage reimbursement for work related travel or gas allowance, travel stipends, and relocation expenses (if the candidate has relocated for your position).
What other costs will I incur?
Additional costs you may incur include:
Taxes - Legally a nanny's salary is taxable. Tax policies should be decided between the nanny and the family. Hilton Head Nannies can assist by providing the appropriate forms.
We refer clients with payroll tax questions to HomeWork Solutions, Inc. at 1-800-NANITAX (1-800-626-4829) or www.4nannytaxes.com. HomeWork Solutions website has a free online tax calculator that is particularly helpful when planning your nanny compensation package.
What fees are charged by Hilton Head Nannies?
There is an application fee of $500 for every family who is seeking a temporary, part-time or full-time permanent nanny. This fee covers our initial expenses of recruiting for your position. Once you choose a nanny, the fees are as follows:
$200 for Temporary Nannies (2 months or less) or The Summer Season
$350 for PT Nannies (20 hours or less)
$550 for FT Nannies (21 hour or more)
Hilton Head Nannies & Companions does have a sliding scale for single parents and dual working families who are unable to pay these fees. Please inquire with our office for more details.
Is there a guarantee?
Yes! We are confident in our ability to match loving nannies with families who have similar interests, values, and goals. However, if the nanny was to leave or the family is unsatisfied for performance based reasons, we provide the following guarantee:
Within ninety days of the start date (for permanent, long-term placements), if the employment relationship is terminated, Hilton Head Nannies will utilize reasonable efforts to conduct a second search on behalf of the family without charge. The second search is only valid for the same scope of employment (salary range, hours, benefits, location, etc.) as the initial search. If your nanny should leave after sixty days up to 8 months, we will assist you in finding a replacement nanny. We will prorate your fee for the balance of your replacement nanny's year.
Within ten days of the start date (for temporary placements), if the employment relationship is terminated, Hilton Head Nannies will utilize reasonable efforts to conduct a second search on behalf of the family without charge. The second search is only valid for the same scope of employment (salary range, hours, benefits, location, etc.) as the initial search. If your nanny should leave after ten days and up to 2 months, we will assist you in finding a replacement nanny. We will
prorate your fee for the balance of your replacement nanny's time.
How do I apply for a nanny?
Simply complete the following application/contract and email it back to us. For more information about the benefits and rewards of employing a nanny, and for expert service, please speak with one of our Placement Coordinators. You can reach us by calling (843)815-1313 or by email at the following address:
We look forward to working with you!