Modern Minders FAQs.

 

What areas does Modern Minders Service?

We provide nanny and childcare professional services in Los Angeles, New York City, Buffalo and Rochester New York. Please check our How We Work page for which services are available in your area.

What Are the Benefits of Using an Agency?

The biggest benefit is that you are getting a fully qualified, vetted professional who's qualifications have been checked and double checked.  The second benefit is that our caregivers have been meticulously matched with your family; passing many background and references checks.  We only represent the best of the best.  We take the worry out of finding you the perfect professional by doing the work for you and make finding the perfect match easy!

Is Modern Minders a Credentialed Agency?

Modern Minders is a fully licensed, bonded and insured agency.  We are also a member of several national organizations such as The International Association of Nannies (INA) and Newborn Care Specialist Association (NCSA).

How Long Has Modern Minders Been Open?

Modern Minders CCS, LLC officially opened our doors in January 2017, although we have been in the business of matching nannies and families for almost a decade.  Modern Minders was founded on the idea that as a smaller agency, we bring a more personal touch to your search.

Where is Modern Minders Located?

Our main office is located in Buffalo, New York with remote recruiters in LA, NYC.  We have trusted recruiting specialists on the ground in each city who personally meet with each and every candidate we represent.

Where Does Modern Minders Find Their Nannies, Sitters and Newborn Care Specialists?

Modern Minders vetted community of nannies comes to us almost exclusively through referral.  Yep that's right, our nannies and professionals come to us by way of previous employers or other seasoned professionals in the industry! We are almost 100 percent word of mouth. 

How Long Does it Take to Find a Nanny?

This depends on the family. We don't like to "rush the party" as they say.  Finding the right person to care for your children is a really important processes.  It could take a week or up to a month.  It really is all about what a family is looking for.  We take the time to ask what families' wish list is when conducting our searches, and in some cases what hasn't worked in the past.  We do our best to make the process as smooth as we possibly can.

What Is A Nanny?

A nanny's role is to provide a safe, caring, nurturing and a stimulating environment in which children thrive and develop. General they are responsible for most all tasks related to the children’s care. Each nanny position may have slightly different responsibilities, depending on the family needs, the ages of the children and other factors, however typically nannies are responsible for keeping the children’s areas clean and organized and doing the children’s laundry.  In addition to providing attentive, high quality childcare, nannies may be asked to transport children to and from activities, grocery shop for the children and plan the children’s daily schedule.

While some families may ask the nanny to take on additional household tasks, such as housekeeping and the parent’s laundry, depending on the position, these duties may be better suited for a housekeeper.

What Is A Babysitter?

A sitter's primary responsibility is to keep the children safe and cared for in their parent’s absence. Unlike a nanny, a sitter isn’t typically involved in fostering the social, emotional, intellectual and physical development of the children in her care on a daily basis.

What Is A Newborn Care Specialist?

An Infant/Newborn Care Specialists someone who is available to help you develop confidence; understanding and practical skills that will help you transition with your new family. NCSs are typically in your home before or just as your bundle of joy enters into this world.  They help to support families in the early days of parenting. They provide professional knowledge, help healing and provide rest to aid in recovery quickly post delivery.  Hiring one of our professionals gives new families peace of mind knowing they have someone they can count on to take care of their little one and have the support they you can lean on. These professionals have experience with an array of newborn tasks, have worked with many different types of families, identifying milestones of infants, keeping sleep schedules, sleep training, caring for multiples, and making sure mommies and daddies are at the top of their game.

How Do I Pay My Nanny?

How a Nanny is paid is up to the family.  Modern Minders is a referral agency.  This means that once you extend an offer of employment, the childcare professional becomes your employee.  All childcare professionals are paid directly by the families. 

There are many services that we suggest using that can aid with your nanny taxes.  A list of such services are listed under our family resource page.

*The IRS considers any nanny (or other person) that works in your home to be a household “employee” W2, and not an independent contractor 1099, no matter how you label them. You are responsible to withhold and pay certain federal employment taxes for all your household employees.*

What Type of Benefits Should I Offer My Nanny?

Benefits are not mandated by Modern Minders or by law.  However some additional benefits to consider are health and dental insurance, use of a family car or transportation allowance, paid vacation, paid sick leave, 401K, the opportunity for paid-travel and expenses on family vacations, and a continuing education allowance for childcare related education. 

Live-in nannies are also offered housing (separate bedroom, separate bathroom, and use of the common spaces within the home).  If the nanny is relocating to accept a position with a family, the family may want to consider paying for one-way airline, train or bus fare and other travel-related expenses.

To attract the best nannies, offering a competitive benefits package for your area is recommended.  Feel free to call us directly to discuss what is common practice in your area (310) 849-7278

How Do I Find Out What Modern Minders Fees Are?

Our fees are based on the competitive practices in each area that we service.  Feel free to contact one of Modern Minders' placement specialists for a complete fee schedule for each area we service.

What Is A Typical Hourly Salary For Nannies And Caregivers Through Modern Minders?

Salaries vary from location to location, and are based on a number of factors.  Factors to consider are the age and number of children requiring care, the nanny's years of experience and formal education, additional household duties required, number of hours required per week, and the type of hours required (e.g., traditional, overnight, evenings, weekends, etc). Feel free to contact us at (310) 435-9486 to determine the wages applicable in your area.

If I Return Home Earlier Than My Requested Time For A Babysitter, Do I Have To Pay The Whole Time?

Yes, we require you to pay for the minimum of 3 hours for the sitter directly to the sitter. 

Can I Contact the Nanny Directly?

NO and Yes. If a Nanny or Sitter is in your home on a placement or traveling with your children in their car, you can contact them to ask questions or check in. Please do not contact our Specialists to request them for another job or to meet casually outside of your home. To ensure we provide quality care and meet our guarantee, we need all placement requests to come through Modern Minders CCS,LLC. Feel free to contact us at (310) 435-9486.