Things to Know

The Nanny Authority is dedicated to providing families with the best possible nanny for their needs and support through the process of hiring a nanny. We have found that families often seek guidance about what a nanny’s job description should be, what the nanny’s salary should be, what hours and days to expect a nanny to work, and many other considerations. We are able to assist with many of these questions during the placement process but have addressed some of our most frequently asked questions below. Open communication is a key factor in the success of each placement.

Nanny Services/Family Support

Our Nanny Authority Specialists are at your disposal should you have any questions or concerns which may arise at any time during the hiring process. Our professionally-trained staff has years of experience in guiding both families and nannies through each stage of the nanny placement process. The Nanny Authority counselors provide valuable assistance to our clients and maintain constant confidentiality. We pride ourselves on our overwhelmingly high rate of successful, long-term placements.

Salary and Benefits

Salaries vary depending upon skills, experience, education, and your particular job’s needs. Most families seeking to hire full-time nannies can expect to pay a salary ranging from 55-150k+. Most families seeking to hire part-time nannies can expect to pay an hourly rate ranging from $25-$50/hour. We are unable to open job orders that would pay less than minimum wage. All salaries must be agreed upon between nanny and family, including details about taxes, health insurance, etc. Many families contribute to, or pay in full, the cost of their nanny’s healthcare coverage. Families living in major cities often also include an unlimited MetroCard (or other public transit pass).

What must families provide for a nanny?

  • If living in, private room and board, including private bath
  • Paid holidays, and two weeks of paid vacation per year
  • Use of vehicle, if driving is required
  • Home environment free of all safety and health hazards
  • Accurate and detailed description of duties and responsibilities

Transportation expenses should also be discussed. Families pay for the nanny’s airfare to their home if a candidate is relocating for a position. Also, families must pay for the nanny’s flight home after 1 year of employment.

Work Schedule and Hours

Families should expect a typical work schedule of Monday-Friday or Tuesday-Saturday. All nannies must be given 2 consecutive days off per week. Some families require alternative days off, and this should be discussed prior to the nanny accepting a job offer.

Families generally expect nannies to work 45-60 hours per week, and overtime should be paid according to federal and state overtime laws. Nannies receive major holidays off with pay, and 2 weeks paid vacation per year. Typically, one week of vacation is chosen by the employee, and the other is chosen by the family at their convenience.

Minimum One-Year Commitment

We ask that all of our nannies make a minimum of a one-year commitment to any family they meet via the Nanny Authority.

Health Insurance

Although it is not a requirement, many families contribute to, or pay in full, the cost of their nanny’s healthcare coverage. We have found that families that choose to provide health insurance enjoy a significantly higher nanny retention rate.

Nanny Responsibilities

A nanny’s main responsibility and focus is childcare. Daily child-related tasks include: arranging and supervising playdates; engaging in indoor and outdoor play; reading and singing aloud; managing children’s personal care, including bathing, diapering/toileting, dressing, feeding, and clothing; engaging in child-related housekeeping, including tidying the children’s rooms and completing the children’s laundry; assisting older children with homework and school projects; preparing children’s snacks and meals; arranging transportation to and from school and extracurriculars; planning and executing activities, outings, and crafts; and maintaining detailed logs for parents and caregivers.

Many families would like their nanny to engage in light housekeeping not related to the child. Those tasks might include family shopping and errands; emptying the kitchen or household garbage and recycling; and loading and unloading the dishwasher. Other families might be seeking someone who is able to do family meal prep or cooking, deep cleaning/organizing while the child(ren) is in school, and other more specific tasks.

All responsibilities should be clearly and mutually agreed upon before a nanny commences employment, as each family has different expectations, and each nanny has different levels of comfort with different tasks.