Hiring Austin Nannies

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Mom’s Best Friend has been in business since 1994, and families trust us for their in-home Austin nanny needs. We weed out 90% of candidates with our screening process, saving you time and providing you with the highest quality nannies.

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Nanny Types

  • Nanny: Our Austin nannies are caring, highly experienced, and professional caregivers. Our nannies receive weekly curriculum from MBF, encourage your children’s development, and engage them with games, arts and crafts, etc. Our nannies’ background is a combination of education, nanny, and/or teaching experience.
  • Nanny Manager: Austin nanny managers may also transport your children to/from activities or school, organize after-school activities, run errands such as grocery shopping, organize, and/or assist with basic meal prep (chopping, boiling water, pre-heating oven, assembling ingredients for easy preparation).
  • Family Assistants/ Managers: When children are a bit older, and true “childcare” responsibilities have dwindled, these roles tend to revolve around household management, driving kids to activities, supervising homework, errands, etc.
  • Rotational Nanny (ROTA): When a family requires 24-hour coverage, multiple ROTA Nannies tag-team, working 7-10 days at a time. Typically there is a lead nanny, and depending on how many children there are, 1-3 nannies per shift. Learn more about this option.
  • Nanny Share: Two families come to Mom’s Best Friend with a unified request (we are unable to match families). The families typically have a total of 2-3 children, and have chosen this option for reasons including proximity, socialization, and cost savings (the hourly pay and placement fee are both split).
  • Child Educator: These specialized, dedicated in-home instructors provide private instruction. Learn more.

Note: Placements are 20 hours/week or more, and we are not able to accommodate split shifts.

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Mom’s Best Friend fees are transparent and worth every moment of time saved! Like you, we won’t compromise, and because of that, the majority of our business comes from returning Austin families and word-of-mouth referrals.

Membership Fee: $300 (good for 1 year)

Nanny Pay: Nannies start at $25+/hour + employer portion of payroll taxes (depending on hours, location, duties, and job requirements). Paid vacation, holidays, and sick days are also standard, as well as mileage reimbursement (for on-the-job transportation).

Placement Fees:

Placement Type Placement Fee
Live-Out Nanny /
Nanny Manager / ROTA Nanny

15% of the nanny’s gross annual compensation (Based on 52 weeks in a year, 4-month free replacement guarantee, $3,000 min.) *16% for a Nanny Share split amongst two families*

Child Educator / Private Educator

13-16% of the educator’s gross annual compensation depending on requirements (Based on 52 weeks in a year, 4-month free replacement guarantee, $3,000 min.)

Live-In Nanny,
Other Specialty Caregiver Placements

20% of the candidate’s gross annual compensation depending on requirements (Based on 52 weeks in a year, 4-month free replacement guarantee, $3,000 min.)

Short-Term Nanny $300/week with a minimum of 12 weeks ($3,600). Can be extended in 4-week increments ($1,200 each). Payments cap out at 52 weeks.

All placement fees are non-refundable and are due prior to the candidate’s start date. All fees are payable by ACH, check or major credit card. Credit card fees over $1,000 will be subject to a 3% third-party payment processing fee.

All placements include:

  • A confidential consultation: understand your family’s needs and answer any questions about the process
  • Screening and matching: candidate recruiting, interviewing, background checks, reference checks, and matching ages, location, schedule, pay, etc.
  • Family interview process: phone or video, in-person, and trial time
  • Hiring handbook: including interview questions and hiring tips
  • Free tax consultation and waived set-up fees: provided by our partners GTM Payroll Services
  • Trial time: one week of a working interview to make sure the placement is a fit
  • Employment Agreement: a detailed contract that serves as an offer for your nanny, setting expectations and spelling out all details to avoid miscommunication
  • Weekly themed curriculum: sent directly to your nanny
  • Nanny training: initial professional development materials and annual National Nanny Training Day offerings
  • Unlimited support for the life of the placement: advice, industry standards, employment questions, and complimentary 1-hr consultation with national nanny coaching and mediation expert Lindsay Heller, The Nanny Doctor
  • 1-Year sitter service membership: provided through Jovie

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After so many years in business, the majority of our candidates have been either placed with us in the past, or are referred by placed candidates. Of those remaining, our recruiting process begins by casting a wide net across many mediums, including print, web, and sourcing candidates directly. Each caregiver then has to go through our intensive screening process, eliminating 90% of applicants. This ensures that our clients do not have to spend any time sifting through applications or worrying about qualifications. You can make one call and rest assured that we will quickly find you the best candidate for your needs.

Below are the steps in the screening process:

  1. Minimum requirements fulfilled (at least 21 years old, non-smokers, and eligible to work in the U.S.)
  2. Have at least 3 childcare references (at least 1 of them in-home) and/or 3 years of related experience
  3. Online application
  4. Screening interview
  5. Related references/employment verification checked
  6. Background investigation Level 1 (pre-screening): Basic Identity Research (SSN issuance information and names associated with the SSN in consumer reference files), Multijurisdictional Criminal Records Database Search, and Driving History (driving record from the state in which the individual is licensed).
  7. Background investigation Level 2 (when you make a job offer): US Department of Justice sex offender website search, DPS criminal record database, county criminal checks under all names in all counties associated with the person in the past seven years, and criminal searches under all names in each federal district associated with the person in the past seven years.
  8. Highest level of education verified
  9. CPR and First Aid certification complete (prior to starting the position)

Also available per client’s request at an additional cost: 5-panel drug screening.

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Placement Process

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