Do you provide back up care?

This is not something we provide at this time. If your provider is going on vacation for more than a week, Kyla would be happy to assist in that search for no cost. If your nanny needs to call in sick you can always reach out to Kyla and she will assist you free of charge to find you someone. 

Where do you source your nannies? Do you have a pool of nannies?

It really comes down the exact position and what the client is looking for.  All social media is used along with The Nanny Consultant website, Indeed, and other online resources. Many nannies are referrals and are in her circle.  Kyla does have nannies that are dedicated to her business and will only use her as they have had such a wonderful experience.

How long does it take to fill a position?

It can take less than a week and up to 3 months. It really depends on the position. Any position under 40 hours will take much longer. Keep in mind, most nannies need to give a one month notice to their current family.

What are the going rates?  Who decides what the rates are? Why are they currently so high?

The nanny market right now is very tight and the market trends have changed significantly since March 2020. There are simply not enough qualified nannies to meet the demands of the childcare predicament most major cities are in.  Many reasons are a factor in this: daycare waitlists in some areas are 2 years plus, daycares due to COVID can care for less than the normal amount of students and about 30% of the daycares closed, and then the rise in daycare costs due to COVID have made everything a mess.  

Seattle - Eastside

Full Time Nanny

$27 to $30

Each position varies as there are many things that fall into play when coming up with a rate.  The area, the market, the number of children, duties, experience desired, and the hours provided.  

What are the benefits given to a nanny? Do you have minimums that each client needs to meet?

​Kyla does have minimums which follow the laws and the standards of the industry.

  1. All domestic employees receive above board hourly pay with overtime for any hour over 40 hours per week of time and a half.

  2. They also receive a minimum of 2 weeks PTO equal to the number of hours that they work weekly. This is usually 1 week the nannies choice and 1 week the parents choice.

  3. In addition to PTO they receive paid holidays.

  4. Paid sick time equal to 1 hour of earned sick time for every 40 hours worked for WA and some states offer a bit less. I ask that my clients consider offering 1 hour of earned sick time for every 40 hours worked.

  5. All domestic employees receive guaranteed hours and guaranteed pay. More information below on guaranteed hours and pay.

  6. Most all nannies prefer to have their mileage reimbursed if driving children in their car.

  7. Some providers will receive a health care stipend and other benefits such as a 401k, holiday and yearly bonuses, tolls fees, gym memberships, stipend for enrichment classes, and other perks such as coffee cards and discounts to local businesses depending on where the family works.

Do you offer payroll services?

This is not something she offers, though there are many companies that provide this service. Kyla highly recommends Homepay.  All clients of The Nanny Consultant receive 1 month free. It is $59 per month to use this service. They handle taxes and payroll.

Do you offer a contract between the family and the nanny?

Yes, and a social media agreement and cell phone policy.

What really is guaranteed hours and guaranteed pay?

Guaranteed Hours is what nannies receive as a standard benefit; it is also known as Guaranteed Pay. This means that the nanny would receive a minimum amount of pay for the hours that they are contracted for each week– yes, this includes any overtime that is outlined in their contract. Any hour worked outside of the hours in their contract would be paid out additionally and is to be paid at their hourly rate, including overtime if it applies. Nannies by law are hourly employees and cannot be contracted as salary. Though they can receive Guaranteed Hours and Guaranteed Pay as a non-exempt salary employee meaning that their pay is broken down to hourly and any additional hours are paid. 

Examples are at $25 per hour and time and a half at the rate of $37.50.

  • If the nanny is contracted for 40 hours a week, the nanny is to be paid 40 hours a week, every week unless the nanny uses unpaid time off of the nanny's choosing. If there are weeks where the employer utilizes the nanny less than 40 hours a week, then the parent would still pay them $1000 for that work week. Those extra hours that were not utilized by the employer do not get banked- it is illegal to do so outside the one-week pay period and against industry-standard inside the one-week pay period. If the nanny was to work 45 hours a particular week, they would then get paid $1187.50. $1000 for the Guaranteed Pay and the 5 hours of overtime at $187.50.


  • If the nanny is contracted for 45 hours a week, they are to be paid for 45 hours a week including the overtime rate, every week unless the nanny uses unpaid time off. That means that the nanny is paid $1187.50 every week of their contract. This includes if there is a holiday in the week and they did not work, because you are guaranteeing their hours and pay.


Example of a contract below at 45 hours a week at $25 per hour and $37.50 for overtime.

  • Parents shall pay employee $25 per hour for the first 40 hours and $37.50 for the 5 overtime hours. 

  • Each week the nanny will be paid a minimum of 45 hours at the minimum weekly rate of $1187.50 even if the Employer decides not to utilize all hours agreed upon in this contract. 

  • If the nanny works additional hours outside of the contracted hours, they will be paid out at the proper hourly rate stated above.

  • The only exception to Guaranteed Hours and Guaranteed Pay would be if the nanny needs to take time off of their choosing and they no longer have PTO hours or sick time hours available.

  • No hours will be banked, even inside the one-week working period.


Parents will follow the laws set forth by the Department of Labor.  Fair Labor Standards Act Notes: With very few exceptions, domestic employees are classified as "non-exempt" (protected) workers, which entitles them to pay for every hour they work at a rate that may not be less than the federal, state and, if applicable, local minimum wage rate.