Choice Parenting Requirements for Nanny Applicants
At least 21 years of age
Legal authorization to work in the USA
Able to make at least a 1 year commitment to a family
At least TWO years of verifiable paid childcare or early childhood education experience
A clear outline of your work history for the last 7 years
Three excellent professional references (at least two references need to be recent child-care/education related)
CPR and First Aid Certification or willingness to be certified promptly
Good communication, punctual, professional, honest and polite.
Love and passion for educating children and helping families
Successful completion of the screening process
What is your screening process?
Step 1: Completion of our detailed online application and Nanny Agreement
Step 2: If you meet the requirements of our application, we will contact you within 48 hours to schedule a phone interview. If not accepted, we will send you a notice of decline.
Step 3: If you meet the requirements of our phone screen, we will contact you for an in-person interview where we will discuss your experience, child-rearing phylosophies, preferred work environment, style as a caregiver/employee and “wish list” for next job. We will also ask behavior based questions to look for polished professionalism, proficiency in the English language, congeniality and clear communication.
Step 4: We will contact each of your references via phone and ask detailed questions about your qualifications, performance, competence and their overall experience with you as their employee/nanny.
Step 5: Once this has all be completed, we will send you a decision letter via email to let you know if you have been accepted for representation through Choice Parenting. If accepted, we will begin sending you for interviews with our clients ASAP!
Step 6: After an offer of employment is made, a professional background investigation service will prepare a detailed report which will include:
Work and Education verification
National and local criminal checks
Driving history/motor vehicle records
National sex offender registry check
Office of Foreign Asset-Homeland Security
Social security number verification
Is there a fee for a nanny to apply or be placed through Choice Parenting?
There are NO fees for nanny applicants
If accepted would Choice Parenting become my employer?
No, Choice Parenting is not your employer. We are a referral agency only. If you are hired by a “client” of Choice Parenting, that family become your employer. We encourage all our clients and referred nannies to consult with a domestic household payroll company to ensure that the standards for payment, tax, insurances and benefits are being appropriately handled so that both parties are within legal compliance. For more information please refer to our household payroll page.
Does Choice Parenting take a cut of my pay?
No! We take a one-time placement fee from the families only. You set your rate and the family pays you directly. Throughout the search and hiring process, we will help advocate for fair pay and benefits for both family and nanny.
What is typical hourly rate for a nanny in the Hoboken/ Jersey City area?
See the results of our market average nanny survey here. Nanny salaries vary based on many factors including:
The nanny- level of education, years of experience and special skills offered
The position- number of kids, schedule, number of hours, flexibility, job requirements and tasks required.
Most nannies receive guaranteed hours for the agreed upon schedule. Benefits commonly include: vacation time; paid holidays, paid sick days and reimbursement for use of car on the job.
How do you match families and nannies?
We take time to get to know both our nannies and our families. We work hard to understand not just the logistics of a family and nanny’s schedule and budget but also their personalities, communication style, management abilities, child-rearing phylosophies, lifestyles, hobbies, pet peeves, comfort zones and more. The nanny profession is an employment situation but it is so much more emotional and personal than your typical “job” when you care, educate, and love little kids in the intimacy of a family’s home. In addition to providing professional and safe caregivers, we want to ensure good relationship chemistry and like-minded childcare practices in our nanny-family matches.
How long does it take to find a job?
We aim to represent nannies that we feel are marketable for our clients. This means that if accepted, we are hopeful that you will easily and quickly match with one of our families. However, the answer varies greatly depending on your location, experience, qualifications, current market and season. Some nannies find a job almost immediately while other never do. If accepted to be represented by Choice Parenting, our goal is to guide and support you to help you find the best suited family environment and employment situation as swiftly as possible.