A nanny agency knows the difference between an au pair and a nanny and the importance of the qualifications that are required to become a nanny. Qualifications in first aid and childcare naturally vary from country to country, but a reputable nanny agency will be able to advise you on this. Established agencies will also carry out relevant checks on nannies and families in order to ensure that you enter into a professional working relationship.

A nanny agency will process a complete application for both parties which can include an application form, an essay to describe the person, references, other checks, and a medical report.

Whilst a nanny agency will normally have a number of nannies on their books, many host families seeking qualified childcarers prefer to use the vast choice on New Au Pair to find a nanny that they like and then pass their details on to a nanny agency to run all the checks.

Soon you will be able to choose a nanny agency by country from the list below, although we will not be able to recommend a particular agency’s services over another’s. Their web address and contact details will be shown, but it will be totally your choice which nanny agency to use.

If any nanny agencies are interested in being listed here, please contact us.

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Please note: most countries do not require you to use a nanny agency, however some require host families and nannies to use an official agency. This agency can generally provide host families with all the information they need about hiring a nanny (particularly in the USA) and help families with the background checks and medical checks that are required. See our Visa Requirements for the US page.

Nanny agencies do of course tend to have a much smaller choice than a very large site like New Au Pair, but these agencies can nevertheless help by providing other nanny services once you have found a nanny that you like.

Nanny agencies can provide services in respect of the formalities involved in hiring a nanny and checking nannies' qualifications. Most agencies also offer services such as background or reference checks; support and advice on Nanny Insurance, First Aid Courses and Language Courses and draw up nannies contracts.

The difference between nannies and au pairs is that nannies are usually qualified childcare professionals, who have chosen childcare as their profession, or have at least two years of experience caring for children. Nannies and au pairs are often classed within the same childcare category but they are completely different. Au pairs should not be seen as a substitute for a nanny, and usually have no formal childcare training which a nanny would have. A nanny may be seeking a live-out position or a live-in one, whereas au pairs will generally live with the family.

Whilst qualifications will increase a nanny's theoretical knowledge, experience and common sense are very important aspects for their job and a nanny’s past childcare experiences can be just as good as a qualification. New Au Pair helps guide families to find the person they want by asking candidates if they have qualifications and listing this on their profile.

Please note that some countries require the formal hiring and visa services to be conducted by a nanny agency. Whilst most countries do not require you to use a nanny agency, the US in particular does mandate the use of an designated agency. Please see the Visa Requirements for the US page for more information.

For more information on agencies generally, please see the links below:

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