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Aside from choosing a school (and your partner!), hiring a nanny for your little one may be one of the most important choices you make for your family.
 

You want someone who’s responsible and loving, of course, but there may be other considerations: Do you need a nanny who can drive? Do you want a bilingual nanny? Are you looking for someone with a CPR certification?
 

NPN offers tons of resources to help you figure out the traits of your ideal nanny, connect you with nanny candidates and start your nanny relationship on the right foot.


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How to find a nanny
In today's economy, many households have two working parents. That's where a nanny comes in. But hiring a nanny to care for your little one can be an intimidating process. As a former nanny and the fo...
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What to ask in a nanny interview
There is a lot to consider when hiring a nanny. Interviewing, screening and selecting potential nanny candidates can be a daunting task, but it is an important part of finding a nanny that is a good f...
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Why we chose a nanny over daycare
With our first child, we agonized over most decisions, but deciding what to do about child care was the hardest. It gave me constant anxiety and frequently kept me up at night. It was one of those BIG...
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Discussions

Where can I find a new/additional babysitter?

We currently have two babysitters, but neither is a reliable go-to, for various reasons:   Our favorite has been in our lives since DD was about 3 or 4yo (she's now 7). We thought we lost her when she went away to college in 2019…but one silver lining of the pandemic is that she moved back...

Who has done a nanny share?

I'm trying to put together a helpful guide to parents about how to create a good nanny share arrangement. What are the essentials to consider when talking to potential families you'd share the nanny with? What did your nanny agreement look like? When did you start looking for a family? Please share ...

Summer Day Camp at Catherine Cook

If you are looking for a full day or half day camp for your preschooler or young elementary kid, there are still some spots available at Cook. It's a smaller camp that started last summer. DM if you'd like more info. https://www.catherinecookschool.org/campus-life/summerprograms/daycamps ...

Agencies for after care?

Do any of the nanny/sitter agencies help with finding after care sitters? In short, we need two hours of after care 4 days a week after school/camp. I’m interested in using an agency:   1. to handle taxes    2. in hopes the person will be more reliable than finding a college stud...

Nanny pay when you’re sick

Wondering what other families are doing now- my DH is sick with Covid. So far kids are negative but could change in the next few days. Our nanny would like to stay home of course until 5 day window of our positive tests. Do we pay her the full amount since we are sick? Do we not pay her on the days ...


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How to write a nanny contract, and why you need one

Why is it that when most of us hear the word “contract” we cringe? A contract is simply an agreement, pact, or understanding. It's used in many areas of life and business, and simply put, it can be a useful playbook to help guide us toward success.  Full disclosure: I am not a lawyer, and I don...

What to ask in a nanny interview

There is a lot to consider when hiring a nanny. Interviewing, screening and selecting potential nanny candidates can be a daunting task, but it is an important part of finding a nanny that is a good fit with your family. Try to use open-ended questions that will prompt for informative answers, ...

Where to find childcare in Chicago at the last minute

Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent, a work-at-home mom or dad, or even a full-time working one with regular childcare, with holidays and conference season upon us, we all need extra help from time to time. Here’s a quick list of places in the city that offer last-minute and/or part-time services. ...

5 rules for traveling with caregivers and kids

I must admit: I never thought I would travel with childcare. That was a luxury that never entered my mind until we hosted our first au pair over four years ago. One of the premises of the au pair program is the cultural exchange between the family and au pair so it was a natural fit to let her explo...

Why we chose a nanny over daycare

With our first child, we agonized over most decisions, but deciding what to do about child care was the hardest. It gave me constant anxiety and frequently kept me up at night. It was one of those BIG scary decisions we procrastinated making. My husband and I grew up with stay-at-home moms, and...

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