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Whether it's Mary Poppins, Alice on the Brady Bunch or Mrs. Doubtfire, you probably have some image in mind when you think of a nanny. While these are just fictional nannies, there is one quality that these and all nannies have in common...they love children!



In our area, most nannies live-out and report to work as scheduled on a full time basis or for just a few days a week. Nannies have a great deal of experience caring for children, and many have training in early childhood development or education. They become partners with parents to nurture their children and plan activities and outings that meet the physical, emotional, social and intellectual needs of the child in accordance with parents' direction.


Nannies' salaries vary depending on experience, education, hours needed, number of children and responsibilities. In central Illinois, most nannies earn between $9 and $12 per hour. 


According to the IRS, families that pay someone $1800 or more in a calendar year to perform duties in or around their home are considered to be a household employer. Just like other employers, household employers are responsible for paying employment taxes that usually amount to 9-11% of their employee's gross salary. These taxes include half of Social Security and Medicare, federal and state unemployment insurance and state taxes. To figure how this affects total costs to hire a nanny go to Nanny Tax. 

Household employers are also responsible for providing worker's compensation, which provides benefits to an employee injured on the job. Generally speaking, the homeowner's insurance carrier can provide policy and cost information


The Nanny Agency, Inc. interviews hundreds of applicants each year and selects only the very best applicants to represent the agency. The following are minimal qualifications for all nanny applicants:

  • 18 years of age
  • High School graduate (Education in child development at the high school or college level is a plus)
  • Provide at least three excellent child care references from non-relatives
  • Have a reliable vehicle and be insured on this vehicle
  • Non-smoker
  • Legally authorized to work in the US
  • Must be able to make a 1 year commitment


  1. Apply to The Nanny Agency.
  2. There is no cost to applicants to work through the agency for job opportunities.  Placement fees are paid by the employer.
  3. Applicants must meet all of the minimal qualifications listed above.
  4. Agency will set up interviews with applicants that most closely meet the requirements of the families.
  5. Applicants agree to a thorough background review, which includes checks for traffic and criminal violations, DCFS child abuse and neglect (CANTS report) and criminal sex offenders list.
  6. Nannies listed with the agency will be eligible to review job descriptions and interview with families for current positions.
  7. When selected by a family, the nanny agrees to a 1 year commitment, unless otherwise stipulated in the job description.
  8. All nannies are required to complete an annual physical and TB test.

nanny and child laughingPROCESS TO HIRE A NANNY 

  1. Register with The Nanny Agency.
  2. Initial Meeting with The Nanny Agency, Inc. At this meeting we will address your questions and clarify information on forms and job description you have completed.
  3. Interviewing candidates. The agency will share information about the family and the job to prospective nannies and likewise will share information about prospective nannies with families. If there is a mutual interest, the agency will arrange interviews between nannies and families. Most interviews take place in the family's home at a time that is mutually agreeable.
  4. Placement of a nanny. After the family has made an offer to the nanny and the nanny has accepted, the family, nanny and agency representative have one final meeting to ensure that all aspects of the job description/offer are clear and acceptable to both the nanny and family. At that time, the placement fee is paid to the agency.


The agency placement fee is paid only after a nanny has been hired by the family and covers a period of 12 months. If the nanny stays beyond a year, there is no additional charge.
Permanent nanny placement fee  $1400

There is a money back guarantee on the agency's fee for a trial period of 30 days. If the family or nanny decides during the first 30 days that the placement is not going to work, the placement fee is refunded minus 25% of the nanny's gross wages paid during this period. After 30 days, the placement fee is not refundable but can be used as a credit toward another placement on a prorated basis. For example - if the nanny leaves after 6 months, then half of the placement fee has been used, but half of the placement remains as a credit with the agency toward another placement. The agency's average length of placement is 18 months.

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