Why Work with the Boston Nanny Centre?
In addition to providing qualified nannies, the Boston Nanny Centre offers a range of additional household staffing services for your convenience. We provide household managers, housekeepers, personal assistants, chefs, and concierge services to help you stay organized and free up your time to do the things you love most.
Our Signature Placement Process
No matter what the type of care your family needs, we’re here for you.
“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...”
In addition to providing qualified nannies, the Boston Nanny Centre offers a range of household staffing support service for your convenience. Our goal is to make the entire placement process seamless and transparent for all parties involved.
How do I get started?
Families start our process by completing our online household staffing application. A placement counselor will email the family upon receipt of the application to set up a time for a consultation that will ensure we have an accurate understanding of both the position the family is looking to fill, as well as the type of candidate they are most interested in considering. An engagement fee is taken at that time.
Does BNC provide support in creating the written agreement between the employer and household employee?
Absolutely. We have created a family-staff agreement template that we tailor for each individual position which 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.
Who pays the household employee’s salary and what about taxes?
Once hired by a BNC family, the household staff member becomes their household employee. The family pays the staff directly for hours worked. We advise our clients to use a payroll company for simplicity and ease. A payroll company will make sure the nanny’s paycheck reflects all applicable tax deductions and will provide the family with the necessary tax documents at the end of the year. Homework Solutions offers a free consultation to explain taxes and payroll and to provide support. 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.
For your convenience, here is a calculator to estimate your federal and state tax obligations for a nanny.
What if things don’t work out with the employee?
We are proud that while most of our household staff sign a one-year minimum contract, many stay with their families for years, and when their service is no longer needed, they confidently return to us for new placements. Yet, if for some reason, things don’t work out with your first placement, we provide you with a generous returning client credit policy.
How quickly can you find me a household employee?
We recommend that each family give themselves 4-8 weeks of lead time to find a household employee but we are able to accommodate shorter timelines. Depending on the difficulty and requirements of the search, it may take more than 8 weeks to find the perfect person.
How many candidates will you have for us to consider?
We hand-select candidates for each specific search, so many families only end up seeing between one and four candidates before making a decision. It is common for our families to make a decision after seeing only one or two candidates!
However, we keep working with a family until we find the right match.
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 the nanny has resided in, the sex offender registry, the national security watch list, and a driving record check (if applicable).
What do household staff generally earn?
Presently, we are seeing a general range of $30-$40+ per hour for household employees in the Boston market.
Looking for a Nanny?
We offer full time, live-in and live-out nanny services to fit your family’s unique needs and lifestyle.
Learn more about our nanny placement process and apply here.
Looking for a Babysitter?
Don’t need a full or part-time nanny, but instead support for more occasional special evenings or events?
Learn more about our babysitting services here.