When gearing up to start your process, you want to give yourself plenty of time.  Six weeks is ideal to complete the entire process; four weeks is tight but doable.

To figure out your exact timing and when to begin your search, you need to decide on the start date for your position and work backward from there. Keep in mind that if you start looking too far in advance—for example, more than two months out from your start date—you run the risk of losing a nanny because she won’t want to wait that long to start a job. Most nannies need the money and want to find a position as soon as possible, so they won’t wait around. If you do find yourself in a situation where you find someone wonderful but can’t hire them immediately, it is possible to do a gradual ramp-up where the nanny comes a couple of days a week until you’re ready to have her full-time. But for the most part, once you make a nanny an offer, you should be prepared to have her start within 1-2 weeks.

Sample Timelines

6-Week Search

  • Week 1: Family Needs Assessment Call
  • Week 2: Initial candidate(s) review
  • Week 3: First interviews
  • Week 4: Trials, additional interviews with new candidates
  • Week 5: Additional trials if necessary
  • Week 6: Offer, transition into home

4-Week Search

  • Week 1: Family Needs Assessment Call
  • Week 2: Initial candidate(s) review
  • Week 3: First interviews + trials

Week 4: Second interviews, additional trials, offer, and transition