136th and Shea Rd: Great full-time opportunity for a nanny / household manager with a servant’s heart who is extremely proactive, has excellent attention to detail, and takes great initiative to divide and conquer the needs of a large, busy, professional household. Both parents have extremely busy professions and they have 2 wonderful daughters, ages 4 years old and 6 months old. Dad works long hrs and travels for business and Mom works from her home office and takes on a large load so they are in need of a proactive team player who can jump in and assist in whatever capacity is needed to keep their household running smoothly. Mom is a self-proclaimed Type A personality who likes to do it all and she wants to spend as much time engaging and interacting with her daughters as possible so often what is needed is help to upkeep the orderliness, organization and maintenance of their 6500 square foot home. The family likes to host and entertain so help with the children is needed during events while the parents are tending to their guests. They like to keep their home in pristine condition and they cook all organic and have a housekeeper who comes 3 days a week for the deep cleaning and laundry. However the daily tasks like putting groceries away, washing and cutting up vegetables to prep for meals, making lunches the night before, picking up after dinner while Mom enjoys time with the girls after cooking is what is most helpful for this family. They enjoy quality family time at the end of the day and need to have everything accomplished, in order and prepped for the next day by the day’s end in order to enjoy their family time. More household management is needed than nannying so it is important to be efficient and experienced in running a household. Mondays are not needed. The schedule is Tues, Wed, and Fri from 11:30AM – 8:30PM. Thursdays are the longest days from 8AM-6PM. Then occasional Saturdays are needed for a 6 – 8 hr shift if they are hosting or entertaining. (typically once a month). The 4 year old girl attends preschool on MWF from 8:30AM – noon and Mom takes her to school unless she is traveling. She has a big personality and loves dolls and dress up and all thinks girly and sparkly. The 6 month old baby girl is adopted and is very happy and has a perfect temperament. She is sitting up, rolling all across the room, and will be crawling very soon. Caring for these 2 adorable girls is needed but Mom also stays very much involved and likes to be as hands-on as possible with them so this role would include such things as: loading up Mom’s car while she’s saying bye to the girls or helping in the kitchen while Mom is playing with them, taking care of bath time while parents decompress after dinner, etc. They are a very giving, loving family who like to make those who work fro them feel a part of the family. Must be a go-getter and excellent at multi-tasking and juggling multiple hats in order to keep up with this fast-paced household. Car is provided for errands or children’s classes. Possible travel twice a year may be desired. Pet: 1 5 lb sweet Yorkie. Compensation: $15-$20/hr Interviewing ASAP, (REF#SNSS)

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Lincoln & Mockingbird: This busy, professional returning Paradise Valley family with a 13 year old son, 10 year old son, and 6 year old daughter is seeking a live-in or live-out nanny / household manager who is very proactive; great at multi-tasking and can take charge and be a team player. A 3-5 year commitment is desired. The schedule is typically M-F from 9AM-5PM for a guaranteed 40 hour work week minimum but flexibility is needed. Mom is a single professional businesswoman running the household with her 3 children and her brother also lives in the household. Nanny must have availability to work overnight and weekend shifts when needed. Mom is preferring to hiring a live in nanny since they are offering their 1100 sq ft quest home with private bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living room, and laundry room for the nanny’s use; however

they are open to hiring a live out nanny who has extreme flexibility and the availability to stay overnight when needed. The family has a semi-formal atmosphere in their home. Pets: 2 small dogs. 2 adults may be home at times. (In and out or working in home offices) Travel with the family may be needed or nanny will stay and supervise property (with or without children) while Mom or family travels. Travel in the summer with the family for a couple weeks is likely. Overnight shifts vary but on average 2 overnights per month are needed, typically every other week from 5PM the night before until noon the next day. All three children are in school full-time so household / domestic tasks are needed and a schedule is provided: cleaning and maintaining the house; changing sheets, laundry, organization, keeping stock of household items, running errands, grocery shopping. Picking up children from school and transporting to after school activities is needed and car is provided. Their 13 year old son is starting 9th grade, and described as being an old soul, very mellow, very wise, with a funny sense of humor. He is not into sports but likes to read, and is mature for his age. The 10 year old son is starting 4th grade and is funny and more of a daredevil; not afraid of anything, enjoys skateboarding, and playing minecraft. The 6 year old daughter is starting 1st grade and is a feisty girly girl, not afraid to speak her mind, very funny, likes to sing play with her dolls. Compensation is $15-$20/hr and for live-out candidates, additional overnight pay and travel pay is given. For live in candidates, same compensation plus room and board and utilities. Gated community. Private family. Confidentiality agreement needed. Interviewing starts immediately and position ASAP. (REF#RLPV)

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Location: Northern and 11th Ave: This very sweet family of a 4 month old baby girl, a 2 year old boy, a 5 year old boy and a 15 year old boy is seeking to have a nanny join their household to care for the 2 year old toddler and the 4 month old infant for a full-time schedule. Ideal schedule is TWTH from 7:30AM-5:30PM for a guaranteed 30 hour work week.  They have a casual yet fast-paced atmosphere in their home and are desiring a longterm arrangement. There are no adults home during the day. The two older children (5 and 15) are in school full-time and the nanny does not need to drop them off or pick them up. Daily care is for baby

girl and toddler boy while mom and dad are at work and while the two older boys are at full day school. The family is looking for a very loving nanny who is patient and kind. Their infant is really alert and a good sleeper and is mild-mannered.  She was premature and is not on solids yet or rolling over yet. She is used to being cuddled and held most of the day. Their 2 year old son is independent and rambunctious and needs a playmate and help with language development. The family is hoping to find a nanny who focuses on the educational aspect of the job and who will read them books, do simple art projects and take them for walks outside when the weather is nice. Prep lunches and light cleaning (just of the two little ones during the day of toys and dishes). The nanny’s help may be needed to get little ones to and from classes or appointments. Opportunity to travel with the family if interested, or house-sit while they are on vacation is preferred. Also opportunity for extra hours for parents’ date night if interested. Must be a pet lover to be kind to their 3 loving cats and older gentle dog at home all day. May occasionally have older two boys home during school breaks but they will be willing to help out. The family has never had a nanny before. The children have either been in daycare or cared for by their grandma. Grandma will be caring for the children on Mondays and Fridays but the family would love if nanny was availability on Mondays and Fridays on occasion if grandma is not available. (preferred but not mandatory) Compensation:  $15-$16/hr.  (REF#STPHX)

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For the most important hire you will ever make, the key is asking the right questions.
A nanny takes care of your most valuable resources, your children and your home, and represents your family. You are the gatekeeper for your family, and in many ways, she will become the face of the family.
Choosing the right agency
The first question to ask is to determine which service to use. It helps to get a personal referral. When you’re shopping for a high end car, you go to the best store. This is not the time to look for a bargain and don’t make the mistake of using several agencies. You’ll likely see some of the same candidates. Read up on how they find their candidates, what their screening practices are. Look for a nice, kind, friendly agency.

A good agency will ask lots of questions. They will want to know your personality and the personality of each one of the children, your schedule, what household chores would lighten your load, like running errands, preparing a tasty dinner a few nights a week, or home management experience.

On Your mark, Get set, Go
Your first job is to decide what you actaully need and want:

  • Daily and weekly schedule- full or part time
  • Duties, expectations
  • Salary range
  • Skill sets, like bilingual, cooking
  • Educational level
  • Flexibility–like being able to travel or help with occasional evenings
  • Live-in or live-out

Be as specific as possible in your description
We recommend finding the best personality match for your family and being negotiable about specific skill-sets.

Narrowing down the candidates 

Your Placement counselor will take your Family Application and the information from the phone interview and go through their data base of nannies to find a handful of very close matches. She is doing the work for you so do consider each of them. She may start with 15 candidates and narrow the list down to 3-5 best matches for you. She is looking at the ages of children the nannies have had recent experience with, how close she lives to you, how her personality matches with yours, skill sets, schedule and salary. She is doing the digging for you. When she says, “meet everyone we send you , even if it’s just for 15 minutes”, do it.

Let the agency save you stress and  time. Trust them. A picky nanny agency will  go through 25 applications before finding one to interview. After an in-person interview, a decision is made whether to proceed with reference and background checks. Our goal is that your choice will be based on the best personality match for your family between a few top-quality candidates.

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