How To Hire A Live In Nanny


Published on February 3, 2021

Are you in need of a live-in nanny but are not sure where to start with your search? Perhaps you are not finding the results from your current searches? Are you not sure about how to hire a live in nanny?

Finding the right nanny for your family is pivotal as you are hiring someone to look after your most prized family member(s). So it is imperative that you look in the right places to find the best possible options for your family and ultimately locate the perfect fit. As a live in nanny will be part of your everyday life finding the right person can make your life easier, whereas hiring the wrong nanny will only make it harder.

The first step of looking for a live in nanny is to clearly define your requirements you are searching for. Do you have the space for a live in nanny? Are you certain a live in nanny will be the right fit for your family? 

If the answers to these questions were yes and you are clear of your requirements, you’re ready to start your search.

There are many ways to go about finding a nanny – Below are the best ways to search for a live in nanny, so you can get a better idea of what options are available and which ones suit you best.

Find A Nanny Via Your Network

One option is reaching out to your network. Social media like Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter can be very beneficial to find out if people in your network know any good quality live in nannies. On occasion, possible candidates may even find your post and leave a comment directly. This could be a really useful technique because someone you know or follow on social media may be able to suggest a strong candidate for you and your family.

Self – Hire Nanny

When you are self-hiring a live in nanny the responsibility for the full process from finding a candidate, getting a job specification sorted, selecting and vetting them to setting up interviews is all on yourself. You will also be in charge of checking any references or qualifications to ensure the candidate is telling the truth. This method requires a lot of work and time but it is pivotal to stick to every one of these steps to ensure the best possible outcome.

As the candidate you choose will be staying in your house or grounds and will have access to your children, it is vital that you make sure they are safe and qualified for the role. With fake CVs, people making up references and fake qualifications diligence is key to spot the truthful candidates from unreliable sources.

If you think this process is the right one for you, the first step is to create a detailed job specification on websites such as Gumtree. When candidates start applying for the position the real work begins as you have to select the candidates you want to take further in the application process.

Speaking to your candidates and their references throughout is very important. If one of your candidates is overseas, a good option is to set up online video calls through Skype or Zoom etc. This will help you get more of a feel for the candidate and how they present themselves.

Work With A Professional Agency

The third option for hiring a live in nanny is to work with a recruitment agency. This method saves you a lot of time and stress as it will be the agencies job to do all of the difficult work to find the right candidate for you. With this method there is still a few things to consider:

  • Some nanny agencies charge registration or upfront fees. Avoid these if you can as this is normally a technique by them to get a quick bit of money without actually working yet.
  • Like with any contract it is important you read the terms and conditions on the agency contract before you sign. This will avoid any issues in the future if you are not happy with the service. The service contract at a respectable agency should be clear and concise.
  • You should value any communication with your recruitment agency. So, if you don’t feel comfortable for whatever reason with your recruiter this would be a good time to consider other options. Ideally, you will be working very closely with your recruiter as they are the ones trying to find your ideal live in nanny. For this reason, it is vital that they know what your requirements are.

Was this blog on how to hire a live in nanny helpful? If you have any further specific questions about hiring a live in nanny for your family, feel free to contact one of our highly experienced consultants. We would love to speak to you and help you hire a new live in nanny for your family. Get in touch and we look forward to speaking to you.


  1. Thanks for pointing out that upfront fees aren’t uncommon when hiring a nanny agency. My neighbor has been talking to me about needing one because she just got a new job that doesn’t allow working from home. It would be beneficial for her to have someone watch over her kid during the day.

  2. Sam Andrews says:

    Oh, hi! My cousin just got a job recently but her main problem now is looking for someone to take care of her kids. I’ll show this info to her so she can hire the right childcare provider.

    • Sophie Chrimes says:

      Hi Sam!

      Thank you for your comment. Please let your cousin know we are more than happy to help her with her search for the perfect nanny! Get in touch with us and our expert recruitment consultants will help 🙂

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