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Nanny Candidates & Qualifications

Why Work with the Boston Nanny Centre?

We recognize that nannies may find positions in many ways, but there are incredible benefits to finding a placement through a licensed, insured agency. Over 35 years of success and combined 50 years of nanny placement experience allow us to match candidates to a family whose needs will be met with their specific skills. We actively advocate for nannies, ensuring ethical business practices and seeing to it that their personal rights are upheld to the highest standards, which includes complying with all labor and tax laws, providing mandatory benefits such as overtime or sick pay, unemployment, and social security. This equips both clients and candidates with the resources and support to put in place contracts and agreements that best serve all parties involved.

Boston Nanny Centre Requirements

All prospective candidates must meet the following basic qualifications.

  • Are 21 or older.
  • Are CPR/First Aid certified or willing to become certified/renew their expired certification.
  • Do not smoke – regularly or socially.
  • Are able to make a long-term commitment to a position.
  • Must be comfortable undergoing a background check.
  • Have legal permission to work in the United States.
  • Recognize that their income is taxable and are willing to be paid legally.
  • Have at least 3-5 years of full-time professional childcare experience and verifiable references from recent employment.

The Nanny Application Process

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Upon successful reference verification, you will be invited to interview with our Placement Director. During this interview we will discuss your search requirements, so we have an accurate understanding of the type of position you are looking for.

Nanny Application

Complete and submit our thorough Nanny Application right here on our website. We actively seek passionate, dedicated, and qualified caregivers for placement with distinguished Boston area families.

Discovery Call

A placement counselor will email you upon receipt of the application to set up a time to discuss your experience/work history and obtain your permission to contact references. Being a nanny carries a great deal of responsibility, so we are looking for emotionally mature caregivers who are serious about their job.

Reference Check

After your Discovery Call, we will conduct a detailed reference check. We will speak with a total of 5-6 references, including at least 3 long-term professional childcare references from recent employment that the agency can objectively verify.

Background Check

All applicants must be comfortable undergoing a meticulous background check. This includes any criminal history, the sex offender registry, the security watch list, and the Massachusetts CORI. Candidates with driver’s licenses will also undergo a driving record check.

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Ongoing Support

Working with the Boston Nanny Centre means having the experience, friendly attitude, and dedicated work ethic to become a member of a distinguished Boston area family household. We strive for all nannies to be proud to be representatives of our elite nanny placement agency!

Start the screening process by completing our online Nanny Application today.

Working with the Boston Nanny Centre

Here at the Boston Nanny Centre, we are incredibly proud of our candidate pool. As a licensed and insured agency, nannies never pay a fee. We want you to succeed, so you only interview with families whose needs will be met by your specific skillset. You’ll receive interview tips and we’ll help you negotiate a fair compensation package. All BNC clients adhere to the Domestic Worker’s Bill of Rights, so caregivers with over 16 hours per week receive paid time off and job-protected leave. We will also help you negotiate perks such as a healthcare reimbursement, T pass, cell phone reimbursement, tuition reimbursement, and health club membership. Our placement counselors are former nannies themselves who understand the family/nanny relationship. We coach you through the transition phase and you can call us any time to seek our advice, even after placement.


I have been working with the Boston Nanny Center for eight years. It is a GREAT agency to work for. The recruiters are simply AMAZING! All of them are so knowledgeable and selfless! I have always felt appreciated and valued!

I highly recommend Boston Nanny Center for nannies and for families. Their team is really nice and really knows the nanny world very well. It is very clear that the placement counselors have both the nanny and the family best interests at heart.

I have always had a wonderful experience with the Boston Nanny Centre. I have always been placed with families that match my personality and my philosophy on how to raise kids. If you are looking for someone or a position, look here first...


Boston Nanny Centre offers a range of job types for Boston’s best nannies.

How does a caregiver become a part of the BNC nanny candidate pool?

Candidates who fit the basic agency requirements outlined on the website start the screening process by completing our Nanny Application right here on our website.

What information is included in a candidate’s portfolio?

Our portfolios are tailored to highlight your experience and skills to attract the perfect family for you. Your portfolio will be between 8 and 13 pages (on average). They contain your education and employment history, responses to theoretical child care situations, information about your personality, and write-ups of conversations we’ve had with 4 to 6 of your references.

What are typical job responsibilities for a nanny or nanny/household manager?

Nanny responsibilities vary depending upon the particular needs of the family, and may include but are not limited to: meeting all of the child’s daily needs, planning developmentally appropriate indoor and outdoor activities, transportation, homework supervision, children’s meal preparation, children’s laundry, changing children’s bed linens, loading/unloading the dishwasher, and general tidying. Nanny/household managers may perform any of the preceding tasks, as well as family laundry support, family meal preparation, family errands (i.e. to post office, pharmacy, dry cleaners), grocery shopping, organization projects, scheduling, and coordination of services for family pets.

What areas do you serve?

The entirety of Boston and the Greater Boston Area and beyond. Specific towns include: Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, Malden, Winthrop, Arlington, Watertown, Waltham, Brookline, Newton, Wellesley, Needham, Dedham, Milton, Quincy, Braintree, Weymouth, Hingham, Cohasset, Duxbury, Canton, Norwood, Westwood, Medfield, Dover, Sherborn, Wayland, Weston, Framingham, Lincoln, Maynard, Lexington, Bedford, Concord, Carlisle, Woburn, Stoneham, Wakefield, Lynnfield, Burlington, Sharon, Natick, Belmont, Acton, Melrose, Winchester and beyond. If you don’t see your location listed here, please contact us.

What does your background check include?

Our background check covers: a comprehensive criminal history, criminal history checks in each county that the nanny has resided in, federal criminal history checks in each state that the nanny has resided in, the sex offender registry, the national security watch list, and a driving record check (if applicable).

Can I bring my own children to work?

It is rare that we have a client who is open to allowing their nanny to bring their own children to work.

Does BNC provide support in creating the written agreement between a family and a nanny?

Absolutely. We have created a family/nanny agreement template that outlines all aspects of the placement, including the base schedule, core job responsibilities, compensation, and paid time off. We’re here for guidance on how to create a competitive, fair agreement for both parties.

What benefits are common for families to offer a long-term nanny candidate?

Paid time off is the most common benefit, including paid vacation days, holidays, and personal/sick days. Candidates are counting on their base weekly salary 52 weeks a year. For part-time hires, the total number of paid days off is prorated based on the nanny’s typical work schedule. According to the Massachusetts Domestic Worker’s Bill of Rights, the accrual of unpaid time off and job-protected unpaid leave will be required of all families employing caregivers for more than 16 hours per week.

Monthly health insurance reimbursement, T passes, cell phone reimbursement, tuition reimbursement, and health club memberships are also common in full-time compensation packages. Merit-based bonuses may also be earned throughout the year.

Who pays the nanny’s salary and what about taxes?

Once hired by a family client, the nanny becomes the client’s household employee. The family pays the nanny directly for hours worked and most of our clients use a company called HomeWork Solutions for tax/payroll support, so the nanny’s paycheck reflects all applicable tax deductions. The family is responsible for certain taxes as a household employer. These payroll taxes consist of FUTA (federal unemployment tax), SUTA (state unemployment tax), and one half of FICA (social security and Medicare tax). Worker’s Compensation is legally required in the state of Massachusetts, as well.

What do nannies typically earn?

Presently, we are seeing a general range of $28-35/hr for nannies in the Boston market with some nannies earning $35+ based on their experience and job responsibilities.

Do you charge nannies?

No, our services are free of charge for nannies.

Additional Resources on Our BNC Blog

Job Postings

We have positions available throughout the greater Boston area. Take a look through some of our current open nanny positions.

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Not a Nanny?

We also actively seek qualified household staff members including chefs, housekeepers, and personal assistants for our clients’ staffing needs.

Learn more about our staffing services and inquire here.

We're here to help. When reaching out, please feel welcome to provide some information about the role you're looking to fill, such as location, a bit about your specific needs, children's ages (if applicable), and desired schedule, so we can best advise you.


If you are a nanny who is interested in a specific position we have available, please let us know which one caught your eye.

Questions about our services?