Frequently Asked Questions For Nannies
Do I need to specifically have nanny experience?
It’s not a requirement to have previous experience as a nanny to work for East Coast Nannies. In evaluating candidates for our nanny positions, we consider all professional child care experience. This includes working in a pre-school, school, babysitting for families other than your own family, working at summer camps, and working with children in other capacities in a professional setting.
Will I need to pay a fee to become an East Coast Nanny?
No! Nannies never have to pay any registration fees or for training. East Coast Nannies provides you with access to professional nanny jobs whether temporary or permanent at no cost to you!
Will taxes be deducted from my paycheck?
In this industry this is one of the most frequently asked questions and one of the most controversial. If you are an East Coast Nanny you are considered a professional nanny. You’ve jumped through many hoops and we want you to be treated like a professional. Part of that means having taxes taken out of your paycheck. Not only is it the law to have taxes withheld, it provides you as the employee with many benefits.
Nannies cannot legally work under a 1099 form as an independent contractor because they are considered a household employee. This is actually good news for nannies because it means they’re responsible for less taxes and are awarded more protection. Ultimately this means when you work in a family’s home you are covered by unemployment insurance should you lose your job. It also means you’re covered by worker’s compensation insurance should an accident happen while you’re on the job. One of the better benefits it provides is a paper trail to prove that you have income. When you go to buy a car, get student loans or buy a home in the future it is important that you have a record of your earnings so you’re approved for a loan.
All of East Coast Nannies’ families are given guidance on taxes and payroll so their nannies can be conveniently paid via direct deposit. If you have any questions about what to expect when taxes are withheld, please don’t hesitate to talk to ECN and we will properly guide you through how the process works and what to expect.
Here’s an anecdotal story about a nanny who didn’t have taxes deducted for an entire year and wound up having to pay ‘back’ taxes. This particular nanny worked for a family who said they didn’t want to take taxes out. She didn’t have a contract with them and they went along for a year under the assumption that no taxes would be taken out. They paid her weekly via personal check. At the end of that year the parents ended up getting a divorce. When they went through lawyers and they were splitting everything up they were advised to take taxes out because it was to their own benefit. The nanny ended up owing thousands of dollars in back taxes and it took her years to pay off.
Not only did the nanny in the previous story end up owing money, but she could also have gotten in serious trouble with the government for not abiding by the law. East Coast Nannies is trying to help professionalize the nanny industry by providing livable wages for nannies along with advocating for benefits. Our goal is to help nannies and families understand the importance of a professional nanny.
How much should I expect to make as an East Coast Nanny?
At East Coast Nannies we select only the most qualified candidates. Our nannies’ hourly rates are generally between $15 – $25/hour increasing depending on experience. For specific services like a newborn care specialist, or overnight care nannies may charge $25+/hour.
What benefits do families often offer to nannies?
Paid time off (this includes vacation days, sick time and personal days)
- Holiday bonus
- Performance bonus
- Yearly evaluation/raise
- Car mileage reimbursement or use of a family car during work hours
- Partial health insurance coverage
East Coast Nannies will discuss all salary and benefit options with nannies to determine what is most important to you individually.
What are the job requirements?
Responsibilities of our nannies:
- Keeping children safe and engaged by utilizing age-appropriate activities (playing games, reading books, doing puzzles, helping with homework, playing with toys, doing arts/crafts, bringing child to age-appropriate activity)
- Basic meal prep and feeding (bottle prep if necessary)
- General tidying of the kitchen space after mealtime (this includes loading, running the dishwasher and putting away dishes, spot cleaning around where children were eating, wiping down counters, general clean-up after a meal)
- Administering baths (if instructed by parents to do so)
- Dressing children
- General hygiene help: (helping children wash hands/face and brush teeth, diaper changing if applicable)
- Indoor and Outdoor play
- Going on walks (possibly to nearby parks)
- Driving children to and from activities (if requested by parents and with signed authorization)
- Tidying up children’s spaces/play areas (putting toys away, cleaning up after art projects, etc)
- Administering medications to children (if instructed by parent and with signed authorization)
What is expected of me as a professional nanny?
Once you become an East Coast Nanny it is expected that you will:
- Show up to your job on time (5 minutes early)
- Wear appropriate clothing (For ECN Temporary Nannies this includes a teal ECN shirt and jeans or khakis)
- Be responsive to East Coast Nannies job requests
- Show respect for clients by being attentive to their communication needs
How long will it take to find a job?
Finding a job varies from candidate to candidate. It could be 2 weeks or up to 4-6 weeks. Just remember that East Coast Nannies has an outstanding on-call temporary service. This is a great service to utilize while making a decision about your future employment opportunities.
What is the average length of commitment for a long-term placement?
In general, nannies are asked to sign a 1-year contract with future employers. There are exceptions to this rule, however. We work with you to find the best fit for your needs.
What geographical areas do you cover?
East Coast Nannies frequently works in the following towns, however, will consider placements throughout Maine and New Hampshire.
Brunswick, Freeport, Yarmouth, North Yarmouth, Cumberland, Falmouth, Gray/New Gloucester, Westbrook, Windham, Portland, South Portland, Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough, Saco, Biddeford Pool, Wells, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Ogunquit, York, Kittery, Eliot, Berwick, North and South Berwick) to the Seacoast area of NH (including Portsmouth, Newington, Rye, Newcastle, Hampton, Hampton Falls, North Hampton, Seabrook, Durham, Dover Newmarket, Newfields, Exeter and Stratham) .