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Why go the agency route when it is so much quicker to use an on line site or Craig’s List?

We have an ongoing flow of upscale, professional and caring employers ready to interview and hire. Employers trust our assessments and love our comprehensive applicant PDF’s. ANC’s stamp of approval has great clout. As caring and experienced professionals we will be there for support and facilitation from the onset of process and throughout duration of your placement

We pre-screen and interview our families making the process safer and less of a waste of time for you as you seek the right match.

Families who seek our services take the process seriously, view nannies and caregivers as esteemed professionals and are willing to offer competitive pay and benefits.

We provide agreements that clarify expectations, job descriptions, responsibilities, compensation and other aspects of the professional relationship.

We do a lot of coaching around the issues that can come up when the honeymoon is over.

What are the basic requirements for becoming a Nanny or Caregiver?

All interested candidates must have a high school degree or GED and a minimum of two years of formal experience. It is essential that all applicants are eligible to work, legally, in the USA and have proof. A strong work ethic, genuine passion for working with children, elders or others with special needs, effective communication skills, outstanding and verifiable references, flexibility, empathy and realistic expectations are also required. 

When working with ANC what can I expect in the process?

All interested candidates are required to fill out our application and additional forms, including an autobiographical statement, medical and criminal and driving releases. Once your application has been processed you will be invited to interview with a placement counselor. The interview is an opportunity for our staff to get to know you better and for you to understand how the process works with our agency and clients. It is also an opportune time for applicants to review relevant job opportunities with greater specificity.

References will be checked. Employment and educational claims will be subject to a verification process. The agency conducts criminal, social security and driving checks with the permission of each applicant.

What are typical salaries and benefits for nannies and caregivers?

Live-Out Nannies and Caregivers: Salaries range from 14.00 and up per hour, depending upon the candidate’s level of experience and the job description and in the case of a Nanny job, the number of children.  For those making a year’s commitment benefits include a two week paid vacation and agreed upon major holidays off with pay.  Also included might be 2-5 paid sick days, per year, at employer’s discretion.  A majority of employers contribute a portion to health insurance. Other benefits may include tuition reimbursement, club membership, use of car and travel.

Live- In Nannies and Caregivers:  Salaries range from $500.00 a week and up, depending upon the candidate’s level of experience and the job description and in the case of a Nanny job, the number of children. For those making a year’s commitment benefits include a two week paid vacation and agreed upon major holidays off with pay. Also included might be 2-5 sick days, per year, at employer’s discretion. A majority of employers contribute a portion to health insurance. Other benefits may include tuition reimbursement, club membership, use of car and travel.

Who is the employer and what about taxes?

Please note that ANC is a referral agent and not the employer. As a Nanny or Caregiver you will be a household employee and the client hiring you will be your employer. Legally, the Nanny/Caregiver’s salary is taxable and social security and unemployment insurance should be paid to the government.   Household employers are responsible for the provision of unemployment insurance and worker’s compensation for their employees. The employer and employee are solely responsible for all state and federal taxes. We have a long standing relationship with a payroll service which is available through referral to our clients. Visit the tax resource center for more information.

What are the typical duties of a Nanny?

The primary responsibility of the Nanny is the very critical task of the delivery of quality childcare and secondarily, light housekeeping, household management and family errands. Most nannies are engaged in activities that promote the development and well being of the child. Parents will clarify all of the expectations around this and other responsibilities with a detailed work agreement that the Nanny can review and sign if in agreement. All Nanny schedules will be, mutually agreed upon, and included in this agreement. This contract in specifying conditions of employment should be completed prior to commencement of employment.

What is light housework?

Light housework as defined by ANC consists of straightening up of family areas and children’s rooms, children’s laundry, and assistance with meal preparation and clean up, bed-making for children and agreed upon family errands. Any additional responsibilities must be specifically agreed upon between the family and the Nanny.

What do caregiver/companions do?

Our caregivers offer non medical companionship and assistance in homes, assisted living facilities and nursing homes. Duties vary depending upon the needs and status of the individual client. A typical job description might include meal planning, shopping and cooking, transportation to activities, evens and appointments, errand running and household management, medical reminders, light housekeeping, assistance with bath and grooming, respite post-surgical care and nutritional dietary support.

Does the Relationship of Nanny/Caregiver with ANC end upon the successful placement by ANC?

The agency will maintain a supportive role from the start to the end of a placement. We see our role as facilitative for the Nanny and family relationship. We are available for coaching, problem solving, help with communication issues, networking and play groups with other nannies, and support. We love what we do and enjoy the many relationships we have made and maintained through the years.

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