While not every nanny agency drug tests its nanny candidates, it is becoming more common for the best nanny agencies to do drug tests on candidates before they get a position with a family.
Drug use can create significant safety hazards and problems for everyone involved. Most families that hire a nanny agency to help them find and select a caregiver for their children would like to avoid these types of dangerous situations.
Every agency uses its own set of rules and guidelines when determining when and how to drug test its nanny candidates. Some agencies simply rely on the “threat” of a drug test to scare some applicants away while others go through all the steps to perform a multi-panel test that can test for marijuana, cocaine, opiates, pcp, amphetamines, benzodiazepines, and barbiturates.