How We Hire

Only the best nannies are invited to join our team. Our vetting process is designed to ensure that every Adventure Nanny upholds the highest level of professionalism to exceed the expectations of our families. Our screening process is competitive and thorough, and sets us apart from other agencies. The following steps outline the process nannies and private educators face when applying to Adventure Nannies. After each stage of our screening process, the applicant is re-evaluated before being invited to move on to the next step. Each nanny is asked to:


1. Submit an initial, online application.

2. Submit an extensive, in-depth written application, assessing professionalism, experience, personality, and childcare values.

3. Complete an in-person interview (in NYC, Denver, Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Seattle) or Skype interview to determine if the nanny is a personality fit for our company.

4. Complete a follow-up, job-specific interview over Skype with another member of our team for a second opinion.

5. Provide at least (3) childcare or education related references, which we contact directly.  Written reference summaries for each candidate are provided to families considering hiring them.

6. Complete and pass a professional background check and E-Verify to ensure they are permitted to legally work in the United States.


We run our background checks through PFC Information Services, and provide our families with the full report before they hire a nanny. Our standard background checks include criminal history, driving records, wants and warrants, and are run in every county in which the candidate has lived. Families have the option of adding additional criteria to their background checks a la carte as well.

Nanny FAQs

What is Adventure Nannies?

We are a nanny agency that specializes in placing outstanding nannies and private educators 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 City, the Bay Area, Seattle, and Denver.

How do I become an Adventure Nanny?

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 nanny application, a screening call, an in person or Skype interview, and reference, Internet and background checks.

What do you look for when reviewing nanny applications?

  • Professionalism
  • Extended full or part time nanny experience. (Proven ability to commit to a long term position, rather than many short term positions)
  • 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 BA or higher strongly preferred
  • Unique life/traveling experiences
  • Pursues hobbies, talents, volunteerism, sports, etc.

What is the average salary of your nannies?

Our nannies make a minimum of $15/hr plus overtime, with salaries ranging much higher. When on a travel placement, we suggest that families pay nannies a daily rate of between $150-250 based on the number of hours they plan to have the nanny work. Many of our long-term placement candidates make $60K-$100K per year, plus benefits.

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 nanny has his or her 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 becoming an Adventure Nanny.

Because of the nature of travel placements, we encourage our nannies to pursue other passions in their lives when not on a placement with Adventure Nannies.

Does becoming an Adventure Nanny cost anything?

Nothing! Becoming a member of our nanny 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 best rates and benefits for our nannies. You are allowed to set your own rates, and the family pays you directly.

Have you ever been an Adventure Nanny?

Each 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, she founded Adventure Nannies!

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.

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. For many of our long term placements, we visit the families’ homes to gain a clear understanding of the nanny’s potential work environment.
We research each family as much as we research our nannies. Many of our families were referred through our top loyal clients, which is an added endorsement.


Who is responsible for the nanny’s travel expenses?

The traveling family is responsible for their nanny’s transportation, lodging, and meals. We always recommend to our families that the nanny is offered comfortable, private travel accommodations.

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 housekeeping may or may 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.

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 on-going support throughout your placement. Once a nanny 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 nanny 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, nannies, and the children; it is Adventure Nannies’ priority!

How can I contact you?

Nannies with questions should reach out to us at

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.

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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 nanny family.


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 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!




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