Frequently Asked Questions
1.) What makes a Beach Babies Nannies candidate different from other agencies?
With almost 18 years of experience working as caregivers, we know firsthand what makes an ideal relationship between a family and a nanny. We take a very personal and hands-on approach so that both the family and the nanny find a situation that works well for them and that will last for years!
2.) Where do you find your nannies?
Just like our clients, we feel the best nannies come to us as referrals from someone we trust. We get referrals from within our nanny network all the time. We also have a large network of friends and colleagues who are students, pre-school teachers, and part-time career women. We also recruit through local schools and on local Internet job posting sites.
3.) What kind of experience do your nannies have?
We only hire nannies with a minimum of three years of childcare experience. However, most of them have worked with children or as a caregiver on a part-time or full-time basis throughout their lives. We look for candidates with the energy and charisma this job requires.
4.) How long will it take to find a nanny?
We pride ourselves on being very selective in the hiring process and only hire the best. Finding a permanent nanny can take between two weeks and two months depending on how many candidates you interview and the availability of the type of nanny you require at the time of your registration.
5.) What if the nanny we hire does not work out?
We want both the family and the nanny to be completely satisfied with the position. We work hard to create an ideal match but we understand that changes can occur. The best way to ensure a lasting relationship is to sign an employment agreement and have your nanny sign it as well. It is so important that we will help you find a replacement nanny free of charge if you request a change within 3 months of the hiring date if you have a signed agreement with your current nanny.
6.) How long will a nanny stay with my family?
Most permanent nanny placements last at least one year. However, it is not uncommon for a nanny to stay with a family for two to four years or longer!
7.) How do I pay my nanny?
The nanny is your employee; therefore, you pay her directly. We do not take any part of the nanny’s compensation.
8.) What are the benefits of having a Nanny?
Children thrive when they are well cared for by a nurturing and attentive child care provider in the comfort of their own home. The one on one care and interaction that a nanny provides gives children a deep sense of self-worth and security. Since nannies typically stay with a family for a minimum of one year, the consistent relationship that children have with their caregiver allows them to develop a meaningful bond with a caring adult that has the child’s best interests at heart.
For parents who need flexible childcare arrangements, or wish to direct their child’s daily activities and care structure, nanny care can be the perfect solution. Since the parents are the nanny’s employer, they define the nanny’s role and responsibilities and manage how the nanny spends her time with their children.
And because the children are cared for in their own home, parents don’t have to rush to get everyone out of the house in the morning and off to daycare (which often leads to a chaotic and stressful start to the day for everyone), providing the ultimate in child care convenience. Children cared for by nannies are also less likely to become sick because they aren’t exposed to the many germs that large groups of children bring into a traditional daycare environment. And unlike child care centers, nannies are able to provide child care for mildly ill children, therefore parents don’t have to rearrange their work schedules or find last-minute backup care should their child become sick.
For parents with more than one child, nanny care can be cost-effective. Unlike traditional daycare, parents don’t have to pay a large additional fee for each child. Nannies are paid one rate to care for all the children in their employer’s family.