Let's face it — finding out the cost of working with a Nanny Agency can be shocking. Why are agency fees so expensive? What factors into this cost? Is this cost worth it?
Hiring a Nanny is one of the most important decisions that a Family will likely face. It is easily comparable to choosing the best neighborhood to buy a home, or deciding on a college. It is an investment for your children's future, and you owe it to your family to make a wise decision.
As you have seen, there are many online resources for families to find caregivers. What most people don't realize is that the most qualified and experienced Nannies typically prefer to work through agencies, because they know that they will be matched with a family that prioritizes and appreciates the quality of care they provide. At Nanny Harmony, we have built our network of Nannies through means other than online advertisements such as; attending conferences, hosting training events, and local seminars. It is in these places where we are able to connect with the most vibrant and dedicated Nannies that our area has to offer.
Nanny Harmony's fees are competitive with Chicago's industry standards. Placement Fees in large cities, such as San Francisco and New York City, can be upwards of $10,000. Some Placement Fees are flat rates, while other agencies charge a percentage of your Nanny's gross salary. Some agencies include their Application Fees and Criminal Background Check costs, while others charge for these separately.
At Nanny Harmony, our Placement Fees include the initial Application Fee, the cost of Criminal Background Checks to be run on all candidates, and includes a customized Interview Guide and Nanny Employment Agreement. A lot of agencies do not take the time to meet Nannies or Families in-person, but we strongly believe that getting to know our Nanny candidates and Families, in-person, is the best way for us to make connections. We are happy to spend the time that it takes to find extraordinary Nannies that match your Family's personalized needs and desires.
Finding the right Nanny is a vital decision for your Family, but can be a challenging and time-consuming project to take on alone. Nanny Agencies provide invaluable service with their industry expertise and access to top-quality Nannies.