Like many parents who are considering hiring a nanny, you are bound to have questions. Who? What? When? Where? And how much? Below are a few of the most asked questions regarding Dallas Nannies' nanny services. If you have additional questions, please feel free to call us and speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members. We want to ensure that you fully understand our services so you can make well-informed decisions. Your complete satisfaction is our primary goal.
How long will it take to find a nanny?
Generally, we estimate it can take anywhere from 3-6 weeks from registration to hire. Please let us know if there is an urgent need, and we will try to help with temporary childcare.
What is your replacement policy?
We understand from time to time a placement might not work. If you find in the first sixty days of your nanny's employment it's not the right fit for your family, you will receive a credit to apply towards your next search with Dallas Nannies (permanent placements only). More details can be found in our Client Agreement.
What is the typical nanny salary?
Nannies’ salaries will typically range from $15 to $20 per hour (or $600-$1000 gross per week) for a 40-50 hour work week. Salary will depend on the education level, experience, number of children and responsibilities outside of childcare (cleaning, cooking, etc).
Are we required to offer benefits?
Most families will typically offer 2 weeks paid vacation, paid major holidays, 2-5 personal/and or sick days, and reimbursement for mileage/gas if employee is using their own vehicles for errands or driving the children. To make their offer more attractive, some families also offer a cell phone and health insurance.
How are your candidates screened?
Candidates fill out an extensive on-line application followed by a face to face interview with one of our placement agents. As a part of the interview, we evaluate professionalism, conduct and demeanor, and verify all childcare and personal references. Lastly, we have an independent company conduct the background investigation. They verify legal work eligibility, confirm social security number, and check criminal record.
What about taxes and social security?
Nanny and Family are legally obligated to pay taxes. For all specific payroll and accounting questions, we refer you to GTM Household Employment Experts, the nationwide leader in household tax and payroll services. We highly trust the experts at GTM; we strongly encourage all families to contact them for a free tax consultation at 888-4EASYPAY (888-432-7972). Their services can:
- Help you eliminate penalties, interest or costs of unnecessary accounting and legal fees
- Show you how to qualify for significant tax breaks and credits
- Keep you up to date on all state and federal regulations
Are candidates Infant CPR and First Aid certified?
If candidates are not already certified, we strongly encourage them becoming certified within 30 days of their employment start date.
What about night nannies or newborn specialists?
Night nannies and newborn specialists play a very special role in your home. They are trained specialists who come into your home the first few weeks of your infant’s life to assist you with the day-to-day care of your new baby. They are experienced in establishing a routine eating/sleeping/wake schedule, and they can help educate new parents on caring for an infant. Due to the high demand of these top quality professionals, they are sometimes booked two to four months in advance. Please let us know your needs and we can accommodate you!
What is the difference between a night nanny and a newborn specialist?
A night nanny helps care for your infant(s) so that you can get your much needed rest! They can assist you in establishing a feeding/sleep schedule to help teach your infant(s) to sleep through the night. When time permits, they will also help out with laundry, clean and sterilize bottles, and before they leave will be sure that all trash and dirty diapers have been taken out. They generally have a minimum of three years of childcare experience.
Our newborn specialists have a minimum of three years newborn experience, and many have over 20 years experience. Several of their backgrounds also include caring for both singles and multiples, children with special needs, and preemies. Furthermore, some are working as NICU Nurses, Licensed Vocational Nurses, Certified Medical Assistants, or Licensed Massage Therapists certified in both prenatal and postnatal massage. A newborn specialist will do everything that the night nanny does as well as help you learn more about your newborn, such as proper cord care and giving the first bath. A newborn specialist will also see that you, as the new mother, are properly rested and hydrated and assure that you are doing things correctly. If desired, they can also provide support for you if you choose to breast feed. The hands-on experience that a newborn specialist has is an invaluable asset and it can make a world of difference for you and your family!
Please visit our night nanny newborn specialist section to learn more about our services.