By: Eric Morris
Nannies play an all-encompassing role in the lives of little children. They are educators, caretakers, companions, nurturers and mentors, all at the same time. They have a great influence on the child’s personality and should be chosen wisely. Nannies can be employed on a part or full- time basis, depending on the requirements of the family. It is not always possible for the parents to search and employ the right person for their children, within their busy schedules and daily responsibilities. In order to help such families, several nanny service agencies are operative to provide nannies according to specific requirements.
These agencies maintain a database of qualified nannies and refer them to the families. Prior to a candidate being included in their database, they evaluate the application and verify the details mentioned. They screen the details thoroughly and conduct a number of reference checks. These include written references from previous employers. In addition, a State or County criminal background check is also done, including reports on the driving records. Once a candidate has successfully cleared the screening process, the agencies meet them and conduct personal interviews.
These agencies can be contacted on the telephone, by email or fax. The families then need to specify their individual requirement. The fees of these agencies vary, depending on the reputation and their ability to make good nannies available.
The charges can be expensive at some of the agencies, but they also offer options for the middleclass clientele. They guarantee the security and safety of the child, when the parents are away from home. They help to judge the compatibility of the nanny with the child and the family. Finally, it is a joint effort by the agency, the nanny and the parents, in creating a perfect environment for the child to grow up.