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PARENT FAQ

Backup Care //  At The Nanny Consultant, we now offer a variety of one-time childcare services through Al La Carte. From date nights, overnights, and weekend care for you to getaway, to one-day family assistance to get your home up to speed. The Nanny Consultant ensures your child is in the best possible care.  We are excited to be working with Seattle's best. Book our Al La Carte services today and experience the ease and convenience of having a trusted caregiver available when you need it.

This service is $45 per day/booking (new customers) and $35 per day/booking (clients who hired a nanny through The Nanny Consultant), and each provider charges their own rate, generally between $32 to $45 per hour, depending on the services provided and experience. 

This service is $45 per day/booking (new customers) and $35 per day/booking (clients who hired a nanny through The Nanny Consultant), and each provider charges their own rate, generally between $35 to $45 per hour, depending on the services provided and experience. 

You can read more about our services on our al la carte page.

Sourcing //  When looking for a nanny, the process involves careful consideration of the position requirements and the specific needs of the client. The Nanny Consultant website and online resources such as Indeed are utilized, along with social media platforms, to ensure a comprehensive search. In addition, personal referrals from trusted sources are also taken into account. Lastly, those who are dedicated to using The Nanny Consultant and are in her pool are her top choice. By utilizing this multi-faceted approach, we aim to find the most suitable nanny who will meet the family's unique needs and expectations. 

Screening// In 2014, Kyla founded The Nanny Consultant with the aim of providing families with unparalleled service. The Nanny Consultant sets a high bar for due diligence, and we strongly believe that no other agency in the Greater Seattle area can compare to the level of service we provide. Kyla has over two decades of experience as a nanny, and as a mother of three, she knows firsthand what it takes to care for children and uses this background when selecting providers. We take our intake process seriously and perform an in-depth screening of all candidates. We believe in calling multiple references, and we do not cut corners by using email questionnaires as references. We also spend an hour with each candidate, really getting to know them and their needs. Each candidate must fill out an in-depth application, and questionnaires, along with being CPR and First Aid certified and have a current resume. Lastly, they must have a pristine driving record and background check. 

Our goal is to ensure that we only place nannies who meet our high standards and whom we would trust to care for our own children.  If you read The Nanny Consultant's Google reviews, you will see how we first hand select the perfect nanny and family to be paired with. Generally speaking, families will hire the first nanny we send to be reviewed. 

Timeline //  The timeline for filling a position can vary from less than a week to up to 12 weeks, depending on the position. It usually takes the longest to fill positions under 40 hours per week. Additionally, it's important to keep in mind that most nannies need to provide a one-month to 45-day notice to their current family.  Check out our blog about the perfect timeline here: Timeline Of A Nanny Search .

Rates //  The main reason for the increase in Nanny fees is due to the rise in the cost of living and gas prices. The rates for each Nanny position may vary depending on several factors such as the geographical location, market demand, number of children, job duties, preferred experience, and the number of hours worked. Generally, you can expect to pay around $32 to $35 per hour for a Nanny, with part-time care costing a bit more and household support services starting at $35 or more per hour.

Seattle - Eastside

Full Time Nanny

$27 to $30

Benefits // Kyla does have minimums that 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 of PTO, equal to the number of hours that they work weekly. 

  3. In addition to PTO, they receive paid holidays and if they were to work a holiday, they will receive time and a half.

  4. Paid sick time equals 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 is below on guaranteed hours and pay.

  6. Most nannies prefer to have their mileage reimbursed if they drive children in their cars.

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

Payroll //  This is not something she offers, though many companies 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.

Areas Serviced //  We service not only the Seattle area, we also service Whatcom, Snohomish, Grays Harbor, Pierce, Island, Kitsap, Walla Walla, Spokane, and Chelan Counties. 

Contract //  Yes, and we believe we have the best one available on the market.  It is packed full of valuable content that will assist you and your nanny through the first year. After the first year, you will want to revisit and update the contract to reflect the coming year. Check out our blog all about what should be included in your Nanny Parent Contract here: What to Include in a Nanny Parent Contract

Guaranteed Hours - Pay // Guaranteed Hours is what nannies receive as a standard benefit, also known as Guaranteed Pay. This means that the nanny would receive a minimum amount of pay for the hours they are contracted for each week– yes, this includes any overtime 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 for less than 40 hours a week, then the parent would still pay them $1000 for that work week. Those extra hours that the employer did not utilize do not get banked- it is illegal to do so outside the one-week pay period and against industry standards inside the one-week pay period. If the nanny were to work 45 hours a particular week, they would 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 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.

 

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

  • Parents shall pay the 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.

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