The best NYC Nanny agencies can be very helpful to parents throughout their search. Good ones can provide an extra layer of guidance, screening, vetting, and background/reference checking – not to mention handling the logistics of arranging all your interviews, trials and contract negotiations. A great agency however, has a little “extra oomph” that can be critical in finding the ideal match. Before choosing an NYC nanny agency, I suggest asking them these 3 key questions:
1. Who is actually doing the matching? Is the staff comprised of fellow working parents who can empathize with your specific needs, understand your requirements, and really assist you with the intangibles of a search? Or is it a group of young business people with a slick internet-based matching engine that’s looking to “robo-match” nannies to families without a particularly keen focus on the durability and appropriateness of the match?
2. Who is doing the nanny screening? Do you have any therapists, experienced recruiters or educators on staff who understand how to really screen candidates based on their emotional capabilities and understanding of the various developmental needs of children at the ages specific to your search?
3. How much time will you spend with me? The nanny-family match is mutual it only works when both nanny and family are happy which requires a lot of “hand-holding” (for both nanny and family) throughout the process as things fall into place. This takes time…
Using these three questions will allow greater insight into what NYC Nanny agency best matches your particular childcare needs.