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How do Nannies find jobs?

Updated: Feb 15

Or should the question be, where do parents look for Nannies?

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Over the years, I have heard these questions many times, and in my opinion, the best places to find Nannies or for Nannies to find jobs are the following:

Nanny Agencies

There are thousands of nanny agencies worldwide, so how will you find the one that works best for you and meets your needs and standards? I will be talking about that in a YouTube video soon!

You should ask your friends which agencies they know about and which ones they have successfully used.

Once you have your list, check their website, see if their philosophies align with yours and if you are unsure, make an appointment to speak with a recruiter.

Once you have decided which agencies to use, you can and should register with multiple agencies and be organized in your approach to job hunting.

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Job Boards

Job Boards are online platforms where families and agencies post their vacancies. Looking at the job boards before starting your search is helpful as it gives you insight into what to expect. You can check what the current rates are for your specific location, you can gauge the number of jobs that are posted, and you can also see the types of roles that are filled quickly and which agencies post more often.

If you have an analytical mind like mine, you may like to research the market before entering it; if not, it still gives you an overview of current trends.

Here are some job boards specific to the Nanny Industry and Private Service. There are many others, research and find out what works best for you.

You can follow these job boards on social platforms like Instagram or LinkedIn.

It serves the industry worldwide and is not only for Nanny positions. However, you can refine your search.

It appears to be based in Europe and serves the industry worldwide.

It appears to be based in the UK but serves the industry worldwide.

This seems to be the newest of job boards dedicated to private service.

This job is associated with the International Nanny Association; if you are not a member, you should consider joining.

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Just like there are thousands of agencies, there are thousands of apps that can be used to search for childcare positions; we have all heard of Care, SitterCity, and UrbanSitter, but there are many more out there.

You will have some larger ones like GreatAuPair and some smaller ones like helpr or Nannylane, of course, there are also different apps in different countries, most of Europe has Sitly, and I am sure there are many more.

Using the apps can be a bit daunting as you don't have a personal contact like you would if you used an agency or had been referred to a family by a friend.

Word of mouth

This is pretty straightforward, let your friends know you are looking for a new position, ask them to tell their friends, and get the ball rolling. I have seen many employers share their nanny's availability with their friends.

You are your best advertisement; other parents will have seen you at the park with your charges or at the library and observe how you handle difficult situations and ensure you are always on point; those parents will ask around and contact you!

Parent Groups

Many parent groups are set up to help families and nannies connect; some will be online, and others in person. You may attend a coffee morning at one of your charge's schools and get to know parents looking for a nanny. This is an excellent opportunity to share your knowledge and expertise.

Nextdoor is a good source for families and Nannies to meet.

Facebook Groups

Facebook seems to be the place for Nannies and Families; there are millions of groups for Nannies and parents to connect. There are groups for Nannies and agencies to join and groups linked to the abovementioned job boards.

Author: Candi Vajana

Award-winning Nanny with over 30 years of experience working with High-Profile, High-Net-Worth, and Ultra-high-Net-Worth Clients



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