(Newswire Today) New York, NY, United States, 2005-11-15
- Finding the right person to care for newborns, toddlers, or pre-school children is critical to the health, safety, and development of children..
Many professional, working couples decide it is time for a live-in nanny to provide daycare for newborns, toddlers, or pre-school children, but then they discover how difficult it is to find qualified help.
"All families love their children and want the very best for them, but parents who begin the search for a nanny quickly discover how difficult that can be. Advertising, interviewing, checking references, verifying experience, checking criminal backgrounds, are all a part of the process. Those things take time and resources that the average professional parents do not have," explained Lynn Socci, an expert on finding live-in child daycare.
Many parents are faced with a difficult choice -- give up a promising career to stay home with young children, or place their precious children in a daycare center. Affluent professionals are making another selection, hiring a full-time nanny to care for their children in their own home.
"It is a very tough choice for parents with a professional career. Hiring a nanny is often an excellent alternative, but finding the right nanny for the situation is much tougher than it might initially seem to be. There is no room for error when it comes to selecting someone to care for your precious little children 10 to 12 hours a day," said Socci.
Paying a placement service to find the correct applicant is not only worth the price, it saves time that busy parents do not have. Socci is the co-owner of Nannies Plus, a nationally certified, licensed, and bonded service that placed more than 4,500 nannies since 1986.
"Affluent professionals want highly trained, experienced nannies who have great personalities and skills in working with young children. Those parents do not have the time or resources to recruit as many qualified prospects. They do not have time to interview dozens of candidates, and add to that the time it takes to check all those references and perform so many background checks. Once the right person is selected, what about a contract? Unless it is worded correctly there could be many problems down the road," explained Debra Sugrue, Socci's partner.
Although nannies are primarily responsible for childcare and light housekeeping associated with the children, the job description can be tailored to the specific needs of each family. A written work agreement should always be provided to avoid conflicts over job responsibilities and expectations for both live-in and live-out nannies.
"Being a nanny requires a significant commitment, and requires knowledge and experience about child care. A professional nanny may have training and a college degree, as well as past experience in child care. Nannies are paid anywhere from $350 to $1,000 a week depending on their level of experience. They work 10 to 12 hours a day for five days a week, and receive paid holidays, one or two weeks paid vacation, use of a car, room and board, and some receive health benefits as well," said Sugrue.
Nannies Plus is a full-service nanny placement service agency that helps parents find qualified nannies for both live-in and live-out assignments.
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