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Conducting a Successful Summer Nanny Search as Demand Rises

May 27, 2014 By · 24 Comments

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post that about how to find a summer nanny while the demand is going up. Do you need a nanny this summer? What are your tips on finding one? 

Industry experts suggest signs of a strengthening economy mean more people are back to work and the demand for skilled caregivers will continue to grow.  SurePayroll, which provides nanny payroll services to thousands of families nationwide, notes that parents looking for a summer nanny will need to get ahead of the curve using both traditional and social media methods.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in the past five months unemployment in the United States has dropped to 6.7 percent in March 2014 from 7.2 percent this past October.[1]  As unemployment has declined, the need for nanny care has increased.  According to Recruiter.com, there are 19.3 percent more open nanny positions since 2004, and the career is experiencing an average growth of 3.19 percent per year.  Demand is expected to continue on an upward trend, accounting for an expected 832,610 new jobs filled by 2018.”[2]

As working parents search for someone to watch their children when school is out, they often wonder how and where to go to start their search for a seasonal nanny.  “I will definitely need help,” said Allison Mosele, a working mother of four in the Chicago suburbs.  “But I have no idea how to go about finding a qualified nanny, especially someone who is interested in just working over the summer months!”

For any working parents, planning ahead is an important step toward finding a viable solution.  “Parents are off to a good start when they create a nanny plan,” said Lori Bolas, director at SurePayroll, and a mother of two.  “They should outline exactly what their needs are, how long they need help for, and their expectations.  They should be as specific as possible.  Parents also should do some research and take a look at their own financials as they budget, they’ll need to make sure to budget for paying The Nanny Tax.”

As an online payroll provider that helps thousands of parents automate their nanny payroll, SurePayroll has some tips for parents on how to conduct a successful search for a summer nanny.

Tip #1: Word of mouth

Parents should not forget the power of good old-fashioned word-of-mouth when it comes to looking for a nanny, both the new and the old-school way.  They can spread the word at cocktail parties, at PTA meetings, local school events and even walking their dog.

Parents also can call, text and email their friends, family and neighbors asking for recommendations, and requesting that they share their need with any interested candidates.  Good nannies tend to find new employment through their current employers, so make sure to ask other working mothers with nannies, since they are usually eager to help their trusted nannies find work when they are no longer needed.

Tip #2:  Social Media – Your Community in the Cloud

If a mom or dad belongs to a parents’ listserv or a social community network such as Facebook, now is the time to harness the power of social media.  Parents should write a detailed and thoughtful job description and post away!  They will want to make sure to turn on their privacy settings so that only their friends and family can view their request and information.  Parents should not be afraid to send the request out several times over the course of a few weeks, in case people don’t always check their timelines.

Tip #3:  Grass Roots Job Postings

Parents should get moving and hit the pavement!  They can post their job description on local church bulletin boards and ladies locker rooms at local gyms and country clubs.  The teacher’s lounges at the local schools and park districts also have places to post requests.  And don’t forget the jobs boards at local community colleges and even some high schools.  Be sure not to post too much personal detail and only use generalities about where you live.

Tip #4:  The Nanny Network

Nannies know and socialize with other like-minded nannies.  Parents should ask their friend’s nannies for recommendations that they can contact.  There also are social networks for nannies, and parents can visit these sites and post their request there as well.

Tip #5:  Nanny Agencies

For a fee, nanny agencies can connect parents with qualified summer nanny candidates.  The agencies can be a little more expensive, but the nannies are pre-screened, and the service usually includes a background check.  In addition, family satisfaction with the nanny may be guaranteed for a specific period of time.

Tip #6:  Online Nanny Websites

Online nanny websites are tremendously popular, of little cost to the parent, and are usually free for the nanny candidate.  Parents can post detailed information on what kind of seasonal nanny they are seeking, along with any photos they wish to share.  A background check can be included as well.  Sites like SitterCity.com have found thousands of qualified nannies for parents across the country.

Finding a summer nanny can be fairly quick and easy if parents follow these suggestions.  Families should always be sure to carefully vet their seasonal help with a background and reference check.

About SurePayroll
SurePayroll is the trusted provider of easy online payroll services to small businesses nationwide. Whether a business has 1, 10, or 100 employees, SurePayroll delivers peace of mind by combining innovative, industry-leading technology and personalized support from an award-winning, U.S.-based customer care team. SurePayroll also provides private-label and co-branded services for accountants and banking partners as well as offering efficient online solutions for managing 401(k) plans, health insurance, workers’ compensation, employee screening and more. SurePayroll is a wholly owned subsidiary of Paychex. For more information, please visitwww.SurePayroll.com. Follow us on Twitter — Circle us on Google+ — Connect with us on LinkedIn — Like us on Facebook.

About Paychex
Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ:PAYX) is a leading provider of payroll, human resource, and benefits outsourcing solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses. The company offers comprehensive payroll services, including payroll processing, payroll tax administration, and employee pay services, including direct deposit, check signing, and Readychex®. Human resource services include 401(k) plan recordkeeping, section 125 plans, a professional employer organization, time and attendance solutions, and other administrative services for business. A variety of business insurance products, including group health and workers’ compensation, are made available through Paychex Insurance Agency, Inc. Paychex was founded in 1971. With headquarters in Rochester, New York, the company has more than 100 offices serving approximately 570,000 payroll clients as of May 31, 2013. For more information about Paychex and our products, visitwww.paychex.com.

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  1. Oh how I would love to have a summer nanny!
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  2. Fantastic resource you’ve written here! I am grateful to have the support of Army wives and friends who have my back and always have.
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  3. My sister and I co-parent the kiddos so we’re lucky to have each other. When we do need a sitter – we have a few babysitters on hand that we really trust. I’ve heard pretty good things about sittercity though!
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  4. Angela S says:

    There is so much to consider when searching for child care. Great info here!

  5. Oh a girl can dream, right? I would LOVE to have a summer nanny… even a part time one (solo grocery shopping trips, I would catch up on doctors appointments… ) Oh a girl could dream! 🙂
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  6. These are fantastic tips! I wish I could afford a nanny – part time or otherwise – but that’s just not in the budget!
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  7. Raijean says:

    Great tips, it’s so hard to find a good one.
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  8. I know it can be so hard to find the right person to help out with the kids, it’s great to have some resources and tips that can help!
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  9. I am just beginning the search for someone to come in and help out a few days a week this summer while Gaby is off school. Just someone to help her with her summer projects and keep an eye on her while she swims and plays while I complete freelance projects. I’ve heard great things about SitterCity and am going to look into their service after not having such great luck with a small local agency.
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  10. How awesome would it be to have a nanny for the summer to keep the kids entertained while they’re out of school!
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  11. I’m so lucky I have an awesome MIL who helps with my boys. I can’t imagine having to find a non-relative to watch them. How stressful! Great tips on making it a bit easier!
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  12. These are great tips! Passing this on to my Mommy group, there are lots looking locally.

  13. Oh what I wouldn’t give to have a nanny for an hour or two a day!
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  14. Digna D. says:

    Very good post. This is a common need for many families in the summer.
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  15. I’m so glad that my kids are grown and I don’t need to worry about finding childcare for them any more. It was always so overwhelming to me wondering if I was choosing the right person to watch my kids.
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  16. i’m glad i don’t have to deal with this anymore. I’m home and my kids are older.
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  17. Word of mouth and recommendations definitely help. What a great checklist to mark off on for that terribly difficult search!
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  18. I have a hard enough time allowing my kids to go play with friends and I totally check out the parents… I can’t imagine trying to select a nanny to watch and care for my kids. But, I would love the help!

  19. Great info. Luckily we have a daycare the kiddo goes to during the summer as well. Would love to have the individual care a nanny provides though!
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  20. What a fantastic (and printable) resource list for parents who need a nanny. It can be an overwhelming search.
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  21. Jessica says:

    We’ve never needed a summer nanny before and won’t this year either as we are expecting our second child next week so this summer will be “maternity leave.” But next summer we may take my son out of preschool and do a nanny for both boys. We’ll see. Great tips! Thank you!

  22. We have hired through a few online services and its really been hit or miss. Sometimes they are great and sometimes they are not and if someone is really good, trust me none of your friends want you to know because they are using her.

  23. Word of mouth is the way that we go when it comes to child care. I tend to trust them more.
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  24. This is such a great resource. I think these are some really good tips too. Thank you for sharing them. I haven’t had to find childcare in many years, and am honestly out of the loop concerning obtaining it.
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