There are four primary ways to find a nanny today. After having experienced all of them, I can tell you about the positives and negatives of each. Here are the most common techniques:
1. Personal Referrals;
2. Nanny Agencies;
3. Classified Ads;
4. Online Search Services.
1. Personal Referrals
Frequently, you will become aware of a readily available nanny from a good friend, colleague, regional class or moms and dads club. This can be a terrific way to find a nanny. It is beneficial to have an excellent recommendation from a relied on source, and to understand that the nanny has previous experience. One common downside is that the fit is not constantly ideal. Possibly the nanny lives farther away than you would like, or she is used to taking care of babies and you have a young child. Maybe she only wishes to look after one child and you have two. So, while recommendations are rather welcome, you in some cases need to look for various recommendations till you end up with a nanny that fits your family's requirements. You may be sorry for taking a referral even if it is from somebody that you know, without trying more difficult to find the very best match for your needs.
2. Nanny Agencies
In addition to personal referrals, Nannies in Johannesburg have been a traditional and long-used route to finding an appropriate nanny. The advantage about a credible company is that they will do all of the leg-work for you to come up with great prospects for your family's requirements. However it is still not a walk in the park, and sometimes the quantity of work that goes into finding and dealing with an Agency can be equivalent to doing your own search.
Initially, you will require to search companies in your location to find the best one. After consulting with the companies that you like and making your choice, the Agency will constantly need that you sign a contract with them to function as your agent. The Agency will only seldom permit the contract to be altered, and given that it is written by lawyers for the Agency, it will obviously be written more for the Agency's benefit. You will likewise fill out an in-depth kind in which you will explain your needs.
Agencies charge a cost for their services, which is generally 10% to 15% of the nanny's yearly wage. This agency fee can range from about R25,000 to R60,000, or perhaps more depending upon the Agency, and depending upon the duties of the nanny. What is intimidating is that this upfront cost is normally non-refundable if the nanny leaves after six months. To put it simply, after six months, the Agency does not have to return your upfront fee, nor do they need to discover you another nanny. At that point you would be without a nanny and without your R25,000 to R60,000. The majority of Agencies declare that they will find a replacement without an included charge (or with a smaller sized charge) if your nanny does not exercise before six months have gone by, so the Agency must try hard to find you a replacement.
One additional aspect of Nanny Agencies is that their nannies tend to have greater income requirements. Since the Agencies make a commission based on the nannies yearly wage, the more the nanny charges, the more the Agency makes, which usually represents nanny earnings being higher through an Agency. However, the Agency does not typically make money unless they find you a nanny that you like, so they have a reward to satisfy your requirements.
In summary, Agencies can be a great option for you if you do not have the time or inclination to perform a search on your own, if you want to have aid in fielding prospects, and if you have the cash to spend on the preliminary positioning fee and the usually higher incomes.
3. Classified Ads
Classified advertisements are an excellent way to discover a nanny, due to the fact that you will find prospects who are actively trying to find work. In addition, you can put an ad in your regional paper for 'nanny desired' and get many reactions. There are likewise many online classified advertisement publishing services that will let you search for nannies. The downsides to browsing by doing this is that you will need to make a lot of calls, set up a great deal of interviews, and up until you talk to the candidate and learn more info about them, it is hard to get an accurate image of what they resemble.
4. Online Search Services
There are a couple of nationwide online search services that make looking for a nanny a lot easier than it utilized to be. With these services, for a small fee of R400-2000, you can search for nannies in your regional zip code. This is compared to company fees of as much as R60,000. Unlike scanning tiny advertisements which barely offer any information about a nanny, the online search services often consist of full, extensive profiles of nannies. These profiles include age, experience, salary, education, transport alternatives, schedule, unique skills/abilities, and more. They even include photos, and company recommendations from other households. Some online services consist of background checks on file. What is more, these databases of local nannies are often searchable by keyword or special requirements, so you can look just for nannies that can meet the particular requires that you have. This will conserve you a lot of time and improve the procedure extensively. After narrowing down your search, you can contact the nannies that you are interested in through the site, and decide if you wish to proceed to an in-person conference. All in all, the respected online nanny services are a practical, low cost, and easy method to find a nanny.