Nanny FAQs

What is Adventure Nannies?

We are a referral agency that specializes in placing outstanding nannies, private educators, and newborn care specialists with active and creative families in both permanent and travel / temporary roles.

Where is Adventure Nannies located?

We represent families and nannies all over the United States, as well as clients who reside internationally. As adventurers ourselves, our staff lives in New York, the Bay Area, Seattle, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Lexington, Austin, and Denver.

How do I get started?

Click on our Job Board at the top of this page to begin the Adventure Nanny process! Once you are being considered for a position, you will pass through our thorough vetting process which includes an in-depth candidate application, a screening call, an in person or Skype interview, and reference, Internet and background checks.

What is Adventure Nannies looking for in a resume?

Your resume is the first thing that both our team at Adventure Nannies as well as a prospective family will see; it is important to ensure that your resume is clear and concise, and your experience and qualifications are shown in the best light! In order to apply to any position on our job board, you will be required to upload your most up-to-date resume along with your application. In order to ensure that your candidacy is being considered as quickly as possible, please ensure that your resume includes the following information:
  • All relevant positions worked in chronological order from most recent to least recent
  • Start and end date (month and year) for each position
  • Each full-time/part-time, long-term position listed individually (no blanket positions, i.e. “Nanny for multiple families, 2014-2019”)
  • Ages of children at the start of the position
  • Nature of the role (full-time, part-time, on-call, summer only, etc.)
  • Description of job duties and responsibilities
  • Reason for leaving the role
  • Any gaps of employment explained (if through other non-childcare related experience, please include a separate section at the bottom of the resume for “Other Professional Experience”)
If you upload a resume that does not contain the information above when applying to a position, we will be unable to move forward with your candidacy. Please refer to our Adventure Nannies resume template to use as a reference; we highly encourage our candidates to utilize this template whenever possible. We look forward to putting your best foot forward on paper and working with you on future opportunities!
Many of our candidates have enlisted the services of Nanny Consults throughout their application process. They are happy to provide resume editing and design services to ensure your experience shines when applying to childcare positions! If interested in this service, you can email them directly at and inquire about resume consulting. Mention that you were referred by Adventure Nannies to receive a discount!

What do you look for when reviewing applications?

  • Professionalism
  • Extended full or part time experience
  • Proven ability to commit to a long term position if applying for long-term roles
  • Passion for working with children
  • Passion for educating children
  • Strong resume
  • Excellent professional references
  • Prompt, polite, and grammatically correct communication skills
  • Organized and “tech savvy”
  • Candidates with Bachelor’s degree or higher strongly preferred
  • Unique life/traveling experiences
  • Pursues hobbies, talents, volunteerism, sports, etc.

What’s my access code?

In order to receive your access code, please fill out this form.

Do I have an account with Adventure Nannies?

In order to confirm your account, please fill out this form.

May I update the resume you have on file?

To update your resume on file, please fill out this form.

How do I update my account information?

To update your account information, please fill out this form.

Why am I not getting chosen for any of the jobs I applied for?

All of our jobs are extremely competitive; for each job you see on your job board, less than 5% of applicants will be actively considered, including candidates in our existing roster and brand new candidates. We are recruiting all over the country so our candidate pool is very large, therefore we can only advance and screen the top candidates who are more than qualified for our positions and are a match for the family.

Our blog is full of ideas and tips on how to bolster your resume and experience. Adding more specialized experience will help you stand out amongst our candidate pool when you are applying for jobs. Here are some ideas!


What is the average salary of your candidates?

Our nanny positions typically range from $30-$45+ per hour and private educator positions range from $35-$50+ per hour depending on location, job specifics, and details. At this time, all of our families offer a minimum of 40 guaranteed hours weekly pay on the books. We also encourage families to provide health insurance assistance, PTO, and other benefits to ensure the longevity of whoever they choose to hire!

What is your policy on CPR/First Aid certification?

All of the families you will be introduced to through our agency will require that you have an up-to-date pediatric CPR and First Aid prior to your first day of work. We strongly encourage you to take this course in person, both out of respect for the safety of the children in your care, and as the online versions do not meet OSHA requirements for workplace certification. To speed up your vetting process, please update your pediatric CPR and First Aid if your certification has expired or is close to expiring. You can find local class schedules and sign up online via the Red Cross website.

Note: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently happy to accept online certifications.

What is the probability that I will get a job soon?

The answer to this depends on the current market and season as well as your location, experience and qualifications. There is no set timeline for any given applicant. Every placement is different, and every candidate has their own unique skill set. Some applicants will find a job within a few weeks of applying while others may never find the perfect job.  Being engaged, prompt and professional throughout your application process greatly improves your likelihood of being offered a position by the families we are working with.

Because of the nature of travel placements and the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage our candidates to pursue other passions in their lives when not on a placement with Adventure Nannies.

Does becoming an Adventure Nanny candidate cost anything?

Nothing! Becoming a member of our roster is free, however you must commit yourself to match our high standards of responsibility, professionalism, and punctuality. We expect clear, quick communication, and extreme discretion.

Does Adventure Nannies take a cut of my pay?

No. Never. Adventure Nannies charges a fee to families and advocates the rates and benefits for our candidates that they are requesting, providing the requests line up with their level of experience. You are allowed to set your own rates, and the family pays you directly.

Have you ever been an Adventure Nanny?

Almost every member of our team has previously worked as a nanny or private educator. Brandy, our founder, was THE Adventure Nanny for 9 years, traveling to destinations like Georgia (the country), Italy, France, Canada, and all throughout the USA. After becoming overbooked as a travel nanny, she founded Adventure Nannies! Our team has over 50 years of childcare and teaching experience.

How many families and jobs do you have?

The number of families we are currently working with changes every day, and depends on the season, your location, skill set, and current market.  Check our Job Board for the most up-to-date listings. We typically limit the number of families we are working on with long-term positions to between 25 to 35 to ensure we are able to give each family and placement the time it deserves!

How do you screen the families/ have you ever chosen to not work with a family?

Our team speaks directly with each family over the phone multiple times, which gives us a great sense of their personalities, needs, and lifestyles.
We research each family as much as we research our candidates, often collecting references from past employees and conducting an Internet screen, while getting to know them and ensuring that their home environment will be a safe and positive workplace. Many of our families were referred through loyal past clients, which is an added endorsement.


Who is responsible for a candidate's travel expenses on a temporary or travel assignment?

The traveling family is responsible for their candidate’s transportation, lodging, and meals. We always recommend to our families that their candidate is offered comfortable, private travel accommodations whenever possible. In some cases, candidates may prefer to book their own travel and get reimbursed, but that step is always optional and based on the candidate’s preferences and ability to do so and does not preclude candidates from being considered for positions.

What are the standard job responsibilities requested by your clients?

Nanny positions vary based on the needs of the family or client. General duties include feeding, dressing, and bathing the child(ren), as well as planning and carrying out age-appropriate activities, driving children to their activities, and careful supervision at all times. Additional duties may include light housekeeping, meal preparation, laundry, errands, and general family assistant duties. While deep cleaning will not be part of your job, we always expect our nannies to pitch in to the overall cleanliness of the family’s environment, and leave the home as clean or cleaner than it was when they arrived.

Private educator positions also vary greatly, and depend on whether the family is looking for a private educator only, or someone to work in a hybrid private educator/nanny role. Curriculum building may or may not be a requirement, and additional skills such as familiarity with alternative education methods or children with unique circumstances are often required or preferred.

What do I do if I’ve been hired and no longer feel comfortable/happy in my current position?

Let us know! We have a number of resources that can help create solutions for sustainable relationships. If you feel the position is beyond repair, we will help you make your plan for notifying the family.

We provide ongoing support throughout your placement. Once a candidate is hired, we check in to see how things are going, provide training and check-in materials, and offer feedback from the family. We spend a lot of time and effort getting to know our clients and their families, learning what is important to them, and how a domestic employee will fit in. We strive to find the perfect fit the first time.
We want everyone to feel happy and comfortable in their position with as little stress as possible. The perfect fit is not only the goal for parents, candidates, and the children; it is Adventure Nannies’ priority!

How can I contact you?

Candidates with questions should reach out to us at

Do you take off-the-books or 'cash' jobs?

We believe an important part of our role is educating both families and candidates on legal practices for hiring a domestic employee, and a key facet of that is ensuring that each candidate we place who is paid over the minimum annual threshold ($2,200 in 2020) is paid legally, or ‘on the books.’ Being paid legally is not only a very basic qualification of any professional position, but also protects you as an employee by offering unemployment, worker’s comp, and other benefits associated with working legally.

Whether you find a position through Adventure Nannies or not, we encourage you to pursue positions that include legal pay. Accepting positions without legal pay put both you and the employing family in legal jeopardy that can result in back taxes, fines or criminal action and prevent you from receiving unemployment benefits at the conclusion of your position.

Does raising my own children count as childcare experience?

While we know it’s a lot of work, we do not accept raising your own children as professional childcare experience. This is because the act of working in another family’s home and following their rules and family philosophy is a skill that can only be learned on the job, and the families that we are working with are looking for candidates that already possess that professional experience.

I have experience as a classroom teacher - can I become a private educator?

Yes! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more families than ever are seeking educators to work in their homes for the 2020-2021 school year. We have resources to help you acclimate to your new teaching environment – please let us know how we can support you during this transition!

Adventure Nannies Candidate Guidelines

Before being presented to one of our families, there are many steps in our competitive screening process. The families we choose to work with are extremely selective, and many nannies who are experienced caregivers do not advance to our final stages of screening due to poor communication skills, non-responsive references, poor judgment of their online presence, and many other non-discriminatory factors. Here are some guidelines so you know what we are looking for along the way.


Nanny / Family Communication Guidelines

Adventure Nannies works hard to set you up for success. Communication is the key to forming a lasting relationship with your new (or current) family. We have put together this guidebook for establishing and maintaining a healthy relationship with your employers.


Packing List for Any Trip

Our founder Brandy put together a guide for packing for any trip. She swears this is all you need for any length of time. Check it out and let us know if you have any packing tips!


Adventure Nannies Nanny Resume Template

Your resume is the first thing any nanny agency will look at. Put your best foot forward by using this template to make sure your childcare resume will present you in the best possible light!


Working with Household Staff - A Primer

Working in private households brings its own unique set of benefits and challenges that many are unaware of. Whether you are considering moving to a more fully-staffed household in your next role or being asked to take on more household-management tasks, we hope this guide will provide you with some clarity and assistance along the way.


Adventure Nannies Glossary


Our job descriptions may include terms that you are not familiar with, which is why we’ve created this glossary! This glossary includes definitions of the following terms:

  • Babysitter
  • Career Nanny
  • Fully-staffed
  • Governess
  • High Profile
  • Household Manager / Estate Manager
  • Live-in
  • Live-out
  • Nanny
  • Nanny/Family Assistant
  • Newborn Care Specialist
  • On-call
  • Overnight rates
  • Private Educator
  • Professional Childcare Experience
  • Relocation Position
  • Rotational Position
  • Stay At Home Parent (SAHP) vs Work From Home (WFH)
  • Travel Nanny
  • Trial
  • Trial Interview
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