It's been our experience that finding a nanny "on your own" can be risky, time-consuming and frustrating. Placing an ad for a nanny likely will result in dozens of responses, most of which will not meet the quality you are looking for. Thus, you'll be forced to wade through countless applications and possibly interviews before even getting candidates that match your needs.
Once you find someone you like, you'll need to contract with a background check service to ensure they are trustworthy and don't carry a criminal record, and you would also need to check employment history and references. Finally, once you've spent all the time and money advertising for, screening, interviewing and background checking nannies, there's no guarantee the nanny won't leave or be deemed unsuitable for your needs...thus, leaving you out in the cold to start the cumbersome process again. Yuck!
Also ask yourself, "Why would a nanny not go through an agency?" Are you qualified to run personality tests, do background work or spot the "red flags" for problem nannies? What happens if a nanny falls ill...who do you call?
Nannies From The Heart takes care of all the details for you. And most importantly, replacement nannies are provided in cases where a nanny leaves, or if your nanny is sick or temporarily away from work. Finally, using our agency allows you to benefit from sitting services, discounts, and a variety of resources and referrals for improving the quality of your family life.
If you are lucky enough to be referred to a reputable nanny or find a nanny on your own, contact us for background check services.