Why should you use an agency to hire a nanny?
Why Choose West Coast Nannies? Our personal service! West Coast Nannies is a locally owned agency that specializes in nanny and household placement. While we appreciate the convenience of the internet, we are a people based business, and we love to operate on a more intimate basis. We strive to be personally available for both families and nannies at all times. West Coast Nannies works with just a handful of families at a time. This allows us to offer individual personalized service to both our families and our nannies. We care about our families, and our top priority is finding the perfect match! All families and nannies work directly with the agency director, Nicola Church. She will effectively assess your family’s needs, gather suitable candidates, and in turn, find you the perfect match for your family.
1. Time + Money
Comparable local nanny agencies charge a 13-18% placement fee. West Coast Nannies is pleased to offer a competitive placement fee of 9%. We also save you time! For every large collection of candidates, there may only be 2 or 3 that are the best fit for your family’s position. Narrowing down the candidate pool to find the best candidates is what we do best. You and your family can secure the best nanny, by harnessing the expertise of West Coast Nannies! While we are sourcing, screening and presenting qualified, top-notch candidates for your family, you are able to go about your day. Our team stays busy and productive, saving your precious family time.
2. Candidate Reach
While a job ad posted on a generic database will gain response from general job seekers, we at West Coast Nannies have extensive networks of passionate, seasoned candidates who will learn of your family’s needs and opportunity through direct contact by us. This increases the pool of highly quality and screened candidates to be presented to you. All candidates have been pre-screened and interviewed in person by Nicola. We have conducted extensive screening on every nanny candidate that we send you. This includes: resume screening and application collection, phone calls, professional in person interviews, reference checks, online presence research, and for your chosen candidate, a premier background check.
At West Coast Nannies, we know the ins and outs of the nanny industry, and we love what we do! When we are recruiting for a family, we can source candidates efficiently because we have deep knowledge of the industry, and both nanny and family needs. Here is a scenario that many Seattle families know to well: You’re new to the area, or you’re trying to do recruitment independently. You’re spending precious time searching through hundreds of nanny profiles on nanny database sites full of inexperienced and unprofessional nannies – which have not been screened by an industry professional. While the low cost of these sites is alluring, this method often leaves families inundated with emails, having to decide which nannies fit the position, and families are sometimes still left without a nanny. This takes time, and can be very overwhelming for a parent trying to juggle caring for their children and (going back to) work. By using our agency, you won’t need to sift through nanny profiles for hours and hours. We find the best of the best, and you choose your favorite. Typically, families meet with 1 – 5 candidates that we present to them.
Since we have industry specific specialization, we possess a wealth of knowledge and can provide valuable insight on the proper structure of the specific household position; it’s position scope, and competitive compensation package. You also gain the benefit of our agency’s relationship with local nannies, networks and related industry professionals.
Whether you are a seasoned nanny employer, or this is all new to you, we’re here to answer any questions you may have along the way, and after hire. We ensure that your family is represented in a proper and appropriate manner, always with well-thought out safeguards. We are here to make nanny placement easy for you! We are a helping hand for your family.
6. Complete Package
As well as top-notch recruitment, we will also initiate a background screening of your chosen candidate, which also includes a driving record. You will receive an easy to read report for your records. West Coast Nannies provides all necessary documents and contracts to ensure a successful employment relationship. This includes a formal job offer and work agreement documents for your family and nanny to sign before employment. Other forms included: medical/dental release, waiver to transport, emergency information form, waiver to administer medication, non-disclosure agreement, and cell phone/social media policy. Happy families, and happy nannies are our top priority! West Coast Nannies has a 60-day replacement policy. We will conduct a new search to replace a nanny if your family is not completely satisfied.
Kind Words from a Family Client:
“My husband and I were referred to West Coast Nannies by another parent that previously used the agency. I'm so glad we listened to her! Finding a nanny while working full-time and trying to keep up with two kids was just impossible for our family. Working with Nicola has been an amazing experience. She was great at communicating with us, and really understood what worked best for our family. We also appreciated her coming to meet with us on a weekday evening while the kids were sleeping. Our wonderful nanny has been with us for a couple months now and we couldn't be happier!” – Savi W.
Kind Words from a Nanny:
“Nicola (owner of West Coast Nannies) is an incredibly thoughtful, kind, and intuitive person. She helped me to find my dream job that completely matched my personality and the desires of the families I will be working with. She has a wealth of experience and professionalism that was very reassuring as far as answering questions and general guidance go. Not only that, but the entire process from start (interview) to finish (she's available to help long after the initial placement) was conducted thoughtfully and thoroughly. I would absolutely recommend her service to any one looking to start a nanny career, or families looking to find the perfect fit for their needs in childcare. It's easier than you think!” - Tess R.
Finding the right nanny doesn’t have to be stressful, or time consuming for your family. We can have recruitment for you going in no time! Let us find you the perfect household employee. If you're looking for a nanny in the Seattle area, contact us today!