Family FAQs

Where do you find your candidates?

Our candidates find us through personal and client referrals, our extended nanny network, specialized training programs, local university networks, parenting groups and organizations,  our website, networking, and word of mouth.  We actively recruit for every family we work with and are constantly receiving new applications from across the country (over 10,000 in 2018!)

How do you screen your candidates?

Read about our screening process here.

What does your background check cover?

We run extensive background checks that include:

  • Criminal Background Investigation
  • DMV Driving Record
  • Social Security Number Verification
  • Sex Offender Registry
  • Civil Restraining Orders
  • National Wants and Warrants
  • Education Verification

How long will it take to find a long term nanny for our family?

It’s our goal to find your family the right nanny as soon as possible. A typical nanny search can take anywhere between 2 and 8 weeks, depending on the current market, how specialized your search is, and your family’s response time.

How long will it take to find a short term or travel nanny for our family?

We have a large network of traveling nannies who are ready to travel with your family on short notice. We are also happy to help you search for just the right nanny for your trip. Depending on how specialized your search is, it can take between one week to one month to find a travel or temp nanny.  Contact, give us a call at 917-310-2300, or fill out a Family Contact Form to get in touch!

What are the benefits of using Adventure Nannies?

The greatest benefit Adventure Nannies offers is peace of mind. We save you time by recruiting, vetting, and presenting nannies who are well suited to your families specific needs and personality. We provide you with helpful resources and counsel throughout the recruitment process to ensure you are smoothly guided to a successful employment offer.

What hiring tools do you provide?

  • Interview suggestions & guidelines for clients and candidates
  • Sample job descriptions & work agreements
  • Salary & contract negotiation assistance
  • Household employment guidelines including Nanny Payroll & Tax Services
  • Support systems and contacts for candidate relocating to your area
  • Information on Nanny Networks and resources for childcare providers

What is a typical salary for a traveling nanny?

We are a referral service, which means we will not be the nanny’s employer- you will be. A traveling nanny typically earns between $15 to $30 per hour depending on the nanny’s experience, expertise, and education, or the responsibilities of the position. A daily rate can also be determined to simplify timekeeping while traveling- just ensure this is a fair amount and must be based on the nanny’s hourly salary.

What are the typical benefits nannies receive?

The benefits each nanny receives are unique to her needs and the family he or she she will be working with. Some of the benefits provided to a nanny by the family include: medical, dental, and vision insurance, two weeks paid vacation time, sick days, federal holidays, use of car, gas mileage stipend, meals while working, work cell phone, traveler’s insurance (if applicable) and contribution to health plans (if needed). ← some families contribute with a stipend and some families fully cover health insurance

Do you have bilingual nannies?

Yes. Many of our professional nannies are fluent in second and third languages such as Spanish, French, Mandarin, and American Sign Language. We love placing specialized nannies, but we do wish to note that this is likely to add to your overall recruitment timelines as these requirement will significantly reduce the size of your candidate pool.

Do you have nannies that specialize in working with children with special needs?

Yes. This is one of our most popular requests. We have many nannies that have received formal training and certifications and/ or have years of experience working with children who have a range of special needs.

How do we pay the registration fee?

We will send an invoice for our fees after your family has signed our Referral Services Agreement. Payments can be made by credit card, personal check, or PayPal.

I live in California. What is Trustline, and why are nannies required to be registered with it?

TrustLine is California’s registry of in-home child care providers, tutors, in-home counselors, and child care staff at Ancillary Child Care Centers who have passed a background screening. It was created by the California Legislature in 1987 and is a powerful resource for parents hiring a nanny or baby-sitter. All caregivers listed with TrustLine have been cleared through a fingerprint check of records at the California Department of Justice. This means they have no disqualifying criminal convictions or substantiated child abuse reports in California. TrustLine is administered by the California Department of Social Services and the non-profit California Child Care Resource and Referral Network. It is endorsed by the California Academy of Pediatrics. -From

What do you do during an in-home consultation?

Our home visits are critical part of our process. Understanding your family’s home environment helps us immensely during the matching process. We will discuss in detail what qualities are important to you, and what type of nanny you envision for your family.  We will also discuss your family’s daily routine, the nanny’s schedule, on-the-job expectations, personality attributes, and parenting philosophies.

What expenses am I expected to cover for a travel nanny?

For a travel nanny, you are expected to cover the nanny’s transportation costs, meals, and accommodations. If you have additional questions, email

What do I do if it doesn't work out with a nanny that I hire?

Should the nanny you have hired “not work out” for any reason, contact Adventure Nannies as soon as possible. Many common employer/nanny issues can be resolved with communication and counseling. We understand that introducing new caretakers to your children can be stressful on all parties involved, and we will help you to preserve a good relationship with your chosen nanny. If a serious violation of your employment agreement has been made, or the issue(s) cannot be resolved, we would be happy to provide you with a replacement nanny search at no additional cost within 60 days of the nanny’s hire. Professional Placement members are offered a 120 day replacement guarantee.  Please review your Referral Search Agreement for additional information about our replacement policy.

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