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With over 15 years of experience matching families and nannies, FullTimeNanny.com has learned how to help parents simplify the process of finding, screening and hiring a nanny. By partnering with our sister sites, including eNannySource.comNannyPro.com and National Nannies, you can create a full-time nanny job description and family profile that will attract the most viable nanny candidates for your position. For parents interested in learning about current candidates seeking employment in their area, they can simply enter their zip code for a general candidate search.

For nannies seeking full-time employment, our extensive network of sister sites gives nanny job seekers access to one of the largest databases of parents currently seeking to employ a full-time nanny. Filter your search by zip code, live-in or live-out preference and start date to view current jobs available.

When we know what you’re looking for, we can help you find the right match.

What Is a Full-Time Nanny?

A full-time nanny is employed by the parents to provide customized, personalized, high quality childcare for their children and to undertake all tasks related to the providing that care. Nannies provide childcare in the family’s private home.

Full-time nannies partner with parents to meet the physical, social, emotional and intellectual needs of the children. They typically do the children’s laundry, keep the children’s areas neat and clean, prepare meals and snacks for the children and pick up after themselves and the children. Depending on the age of the child and the family’s needs, the nanny may be responsible for bathing the child, transporting the child to activities and appointments and assisting the child with homework.

Since nannies work in the private home and serve as caretakers, educators and role models, nannies must be trustworthy and of solid character. Nannies are often hired so that parents can fulfill their personal and professional commitments. For this reason, nannies must be dependable and reliable.

Full-time nanny work on average 40 to 60 hours per week and may live with the family as a live-in nanny or commute to work each as a live-out nanny. For parents who hire a live-in nanny, at minimum they should provide a separate bedroom and bathroom and all meals and snacks. One of the benefits of nanny care is that the parents set the nannies weekly schedule. Nannies are typically required to have some scheduling flexibility.

Full-time nannies, earn anywhere from minimum wage to $18 or more per hour. According to the International Nanny Association 2012 Nanny Salary and Benefits Survey, nannies earn on average approximately $700 gross per week. A nanny’s salary is based on several factors. These include geographical location, education, experience, special training or skills, references, duties and responsibilities.

Contrary to popular beliefs, full-time nannies are not independent contractors but are employees of the families for whom they work. As such, nannies and nanny employers are subject to specific tax and labor laws. Nannies must be paid in compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act. They must be paid at least minimum wage for each hour worked. Live-out nannies must be paid overtime at the rate of 1.5 times their base hourly wage for any hours worked over 40 in a 7-day-period. Live-in nannies in some states are also eligible for overtime compensation.

Nanny employers must withhold and pay what is commonly referred to as the nanny tax. FICA, which includes Social Security taxes and Medicare taxes, total about 7.65% of the nanny’s wages. The other federal tax is referred to as FUTA. It is the Federal Unemployment Tax. This tax is paid on only the first $7,000.00 in wages paid during each year and is calculated at .08%. State unemployment taxes may also apply and vary state to state. Each employer should check on the filing requirements within their own state for rates and limits.

In addition to nanny employer taxes the nanny is responsible for her share of the FICA taxes.  Nannies are responsible for paying their own income tax payments, however many employers as a courtesy, agree to withhold and manage the payments for her.

Typical nanny benefits include 2 weeks of paid vacation, paid sick days and paid personal days and partial or full contributions to health insurance premium. Nanny employers may also wish to contribute to a retirement savings plan for their nanny.

10 Steps to a Successful Nanny/Family Match

Whether you’re hiring a full-time nanny or looking to be one, there’s certain steps you’ll want to take to ensure that you find the right nanny for your family or the right family for whom to work. Even the most qualified nanny won’t be the right nanny for every family and one nanny’s vision of an ideal employer will be different than the next.

Follow these 10 steps to guide you towards your right match.

1. Know what you are looking for. To find your match, you must know exactly what you are looking for. Parents should create a written job description that outlines the nanny’s role, duties and responsibilities. They should provide information about the ages and genders of the children, location, hours, schedule and proposed salary package. Nannies should take personal inventory and make a list of the essential components of a desirable job.

2. Cast your nets wide. The more nannies and parents you can reach, the more likely you are to find your best match. When you cast your net wide you’re less likely to have to compromise and settle for something less than what you desire.

3. Advertise honestly. It can be tempting for parents to give the best case scenario when it comes to expectations and hours and for nannies to downplay their weaknesses. Don’t. Honestly is essential for targeting the right nannies and parents.

4. Interview in person. While the phone interview can certainly be helpful to weed out prospective matches, the in-person interview provides an opportunity to get a true feel for the other person. The chemistry between a nanny and family can’t be understated. For a successful match to occur there has to be a real connection.

5. Articulate your expectations. Resist the urge to use vague and general terms. Be specific and intentional when communicate when you expect form a nanny or employer. Avoid phrases that lend themselves to miscommunication, like light housekeeping or tidying up. Instead, make detailed lists of your expectations so there is no confusion.

6. Conduct a thorough background screening. Whether you’re a parent or nanny, you want to know who you’ll be working with. While only parents typically run background checks, given the private nature of the workplace, more nannies are requesting them too. Both parents and nannies should call references and conduct Internet research on each other. Safety should be paramount.

7. Know your bottom line. If both a nanny and family decide they wish to pursue a working arrangement, negotiations will begin. Both parties should know what they consider nonnegotiable and what they are willing to be flexible on. Salary, scheduling and duties outside of childcare are typical deal breakers. Know how much you’re willing to bend in these areas.

8. Review a written work agreement. It’s essential that a written work agreement be reviewed and in place to prevent misunderstands and miscommunications. A work agreement governs the employment relationship, outlines all points that were agreed on and sets the tone for a professional relationship.

9. Have a trial period. Even if you think you’ve found your match, having a trial period can provide time for confirmation. Give yourself a week or two to test-drive the employment relationship. Doing so is much easier than having to terminate the relationship once it’s officially started.

10. Trust your gut. Even if everything seems perfect, but something tells you it’s not, listen. Bodies and minds have a funny way of picking up on things that aren’t obviously wrong. Don’t ignore negative feelings. You’ll never work in the situation comfortably if you do.