Q: Bay Super Nannies’ fees are lower than other agencies. Why?
A: Becky Meyer, owner – After being in business as an agency since 2002, having 25+ 5 star Yelp reviews, and so many wonderful referrals, the fees could certainly be higher. The background checks and quality of nannies are the same, the placement process is the same… but without a large staff to support, there is more leeway to keep the fees low.
Many families can’t afford the more typical agency fee, and by keeping fees lower, it opens up the pool to other great families that wouldn’t otherwise be able to use an agency (or would choose not too). Many of my clients are very enthusiastic about the quality of service they get for the price. And it may sound cheesy, but by providing an agency option for more parents of varying incomes, that might be struggling in their nanny search while trying on their own – it’s doing my part to make the world a better (and more fair) place!
Q: What background checks are done in the placement process (besides the in person interview, application, and reference checks)?
A: Bay Super Nannies does TWO background check (one that comes back faster, before the position officially starts, and the second typically after) and uses PFC Information Services, an independent background check firm used by virtually all of the big agencies in the Bay Area. Once a family offers employment to a nanny candidate, the following are submitted:
- Social Security Scan,
- 7 year Misdemeanor and Felony criminal background check (including state and county level checks),
- Sex Offender Check, and
- DMV report (typically infractions within the last 3 years, although serious offenses may remain on record longer).
- Trustline (see information below, separate from PFC and Trustline results take longer)
These results typically come back in 2-5 days, and all results are given to the hiring parents.
Additionally, the nanny is submitted to Trustline, a fingerprinting/criminal background check, required by law by the state of California, www.Trustline.org or 1-800-822-8490 for more information. This can take up to 8 weeks for results to return, but thereafter the nanny is “Trustlined” and is monitored by Trustline as long as she remains in the registry. Trustline letters are sent to parents upon receipt as well.
Becky: Since starting Bay Super Nannies (formerly Bay SuperSitters and Nannies) in 2002, I have always tried to provide clients with the same top level nannies, and the same agency service, that I would want to use myself.
I’m a mom, and I need to have complete confidence in my children’s safety and well being with a caregiver to even walk out the door.
A good nanny should be attentive and totally engaged, safety conscious with good judgement, reliable, instilling good manners and self confidence, be on the “same page” as the family, kind, patient, and loving. Someone who will play with, read with, cuddle with, be active with, and most of all love the children for the amazing little people that they are.
As both an agency owner and a mother of two, and understand how important your children are to you… your family deserves nothing less than the best!
An agency should be helpful, responsive, thorough, and working hard for their families’ needs. My business depends on word-of-mouth, and your total satisfaction is my goal!
Q: How do the fees compare?
Keeping with the “treat the clients as you would want to be treated” philosophy, Bay Super Nannies (formerly Bay SuperSitters and Nannies) has always charged less than other agencies, expanding the definition of a “nanny agency client family” to include the many families that couldn’t (or didn’t want to) pay the 14-20% charged elsewhere.
Fees example: With Bay Super Nannies, there is always just one flat fee totaling $3350 (really $3125 at hire), due only if you hire. To compare with two examples at the “typical” agency rate of 15% of nanny’s annual salary: hiring a nanny 45 hours per week at $20/hr would equal an agency fee of $7020 at “typical” agency fee rates.
And a nanny working 50 hours/week at $28/hr pre-taxed would equal an agency fee of $10,920 at the “typical” agency 15% rate.
PLEASE NOTE: Recently, some agencies have started charging parents an additional yearly fee, just to keep their nanny that they already love and are working with. Bay Super Nannies just charges the one-time placement fee, and you are welcome to keep your same nanny for several years, with no additional agency fee!
While being a local agency, having lower overhead/smaller staff, and specializing in one need (full time nannies) instead of many different household needs really helps keep costs down, it also really boils down to this:
Parents shouldn’t have to choose between either affordable fees, or great, thoroughly screened nannies and client assistance. They deserve both!
Q: Why is an in-home consultation important, and what will that include?
An in-home consultation is an hour long meeting that can be arranged at your convenience, in your own home – day, evening, and weekend times are available.
An in-home consultation is the perfect way to have an in-depth conversation about your family, schedule, and needs, to have your questions answered about the nanny market, typical offers (salary, vacation days, etc.) and expectations/duties. Together, we can figure out what is important to you and make a “nanny wish list”/job description, to help guide great nanny matches to interview.
Tax and legal information and resources will also be included, in case you need them, and also a sample nanny-parent work agreement, which you will keep, and sample interview questions as well.
Many parents find that having the registration happen in their own home is the fastest and easiest way to “get the ball rolling” on the search, and get a lot of information on the nanny hiring process as well, with minimal time investment on the parents part!
Q: How do you find your nannies?
A: In business since 2002, and having placed so many nannies in the past, most nannies come by word of mouth, from other nannies or parents that have had good experiences here. BSN has a strong web presence, and also attracts nannies literally “where the nannies are” – playgrounds, child-care websites, from former clients, etc.
For every 10 nannies that inquire, usually only 1 or 2 meet the qualifications to be screened and referred by Bay Super Nannies. First and foremost, a Bay Super Nannies nanny must genuinely love working with children!
Q: What is a typical nanny salary?
Nannies typically make $20-22/hr for one child, and $23-25/hr for two children, etc. (TAKE HOME, or after taxes are deducted), depending on number of children and duties. Share-care is $25-28/hr (take home).
Q: How long does it take to place a nanny?
Most full time nanny searches take between 3-6 weeks. Occasionally, a nanny can be placed in as quickly as 1-2 weeks… but this depends on several factors, so best to allow time for a 3-6 week placement process, whenever possible.
Q: Are gift certificates available?
Yes! Gift certificates make great gifts for friends and co-workers who are expecting, or have a new baby, and will probably be needing a 30+ hrs/wk nanny – for $175, you can give a gift certificate for the registration fee/consultation to start a full time search with BSN ($210 value) AND 15% off of placement ($400 or more value) – worth $610 or more to the receiver. Please call or email to purchase (you will be mailed the gift certificate to give).
Q: Do you place live-in nannies?
No – BSN ONLY refers live-out nannies (nannies who do not live with their employers)
Q: Do you refer post-partum doulas (also called night nannies or night nurses) for families with newborns?
No, but check out Bay Area Night Doulas at www.BayAreaNightDoulas.com , a highly recommended collaboration of night doulas – you can book them directly through their group without additional agency fees.
Q: Do you refer in the East Bay, South Bay, or Marin?
Not anymore, sorry!
Q: Do you refer for part time (less than 36 hours/week)?
No – by focusing on full time nannies ONLY (full time is 36 or more hours per week), BSN can offer a superb selection of carefully screened nannies, and keep fees lower for parents.
Q: What are the fees for a nanny-share – two families that are hiring a nanny to care for both their babies at the same time?
For a nanny-share, both families must complete the registration/$225 non-refundable deposit each (or $150 each if we all meet together), to start the hiring process… the placement fee for each family is $1850 when they hire a BSN nanny (minus the $150-225 each, of course).
Q: What is the next step?
Please call 650-576-3296, or email info@BaySuperNannies.com, or contact here, to receive a free phone consultation about your child care needs.