Parents in Need of a Nanny — No Room for Trial and Error

February 02, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Lifestyle News
NEW YORK - Finding qualified childcare is probably one of the most important tasks a parent will enter into, and these two women understand the process and know how to provide that help and give parents peace of mind.

Finding a placement service to locate the correct applicant saves money, and saves valuable time that busy parents with professional careers do not have. Lynn Socci and Debra Sugrue are co-owners of Nannies Plus, a nationally certified, licensed, and bonded service that has placed more than 4,500 nannies since 1986.

"Affluent professionals want highly trained, experienced nannies who have great personalities and skills in working with young children. Those parents do not have the time or resources to recruit many qualified prospects. They do not have time to interview dozens of candidates, and add to that the time it takes to check all those references and perform so many background checks. Once the right person is selected, what about a contract? Unless it is worded correctly there could be many problems down the road," explained Sugrue.

Nannies Plus' rigorous screening process of each nanny, in addition to a nanny and family work agreement, helps make each placement a success. That is what puts them at the forefront of the American childcare referral industry. When Nannies Plus presents a candidate, parents have peace of mind because they know that each nanny has been thoroughly screened as a qualified childcare provider.

"All families love their children and want the very best for them, but parents who begin the search for a nanny quickly discover how difficult that can be. Advertising, interviewing, checking references, verifying experience, checking criminal backgrounds, are all a part of the process. Those things take time and resources that the average professional parents do not have," explained Socci.

Socci and Sugrue refer parents to as many nanny candidates as necessary, until they select the one who best suits their needs.

"Being a nanny requires a significant commitment, and requires knowledge and experience about child care. A professional nanny may have training and a college degree, as well as past experience in child care. Nannies are paid anywhere from $350 to $1,000 a week depending on their level of experience. They work 10 to 12 hours a day for five days a week, and receive paid holidays, one or two weeks paid vacation, use of a car, room and board, and some receive health benefits as well," said Sugrue.

Nannies Plus is a full-service nanny placement service agency that helps parents to find qualified nannies for both live-in and live-out assignments. They are a member of the International Nanny Association, the Alliance of Professional Nanny Agencies, and the Better Business Bureau. The company offers tips, advice, and other information at

Lynn Socci

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