While there's no shortage of amazing things to do with kids in the Big Apple (like exploring the best NYC parks, dining at the 50 best restaurants for families and browsing top NYC museums, just to name a few), sometimes you need to leave the little ones at home. If you want a reliable childcare provider who's more like a family member than the occasional sitter, hiring a live-in nanny may be the answer. Refer to one of the agencies on our list for an experienced, qualified nanny who will make it easy for you to work, travel or just try out some date ideas. These companies are backed by years of experience and scores of satisfied clients, meaning you can trust them with this extremely personal and important decision.
Live-in nanny services
This celebrated agency places live–in nannies (as well as housekeepers, baby nurses and babysitters) with families throughout NYC, Long Island and Westchester. When you apply for a nanny through Absolute Best Care, you’ll be connected with a Care Representative who will guide you through the entire (sometimes overwhelming) process. Candidates are chosen using a thorough five–step screening procedure developed by ABC that includes written applications, face–to–face interviews, reference checks and background investigations. The organization offers caregivers the opportunity to participate in resume–boosting training courses like infant CPR. (212-481-5705, absolutebestcare.com). $195 registration fee. Individual nanny fees vary.
With more than two decades of experience in the caregiving industry, Frances Stewart Agency provides knowledgeable and nurturing live–in nannies and baby nurses to NYC families. Once you match with a live–in nanny, you’ll go through a 30–day trial period to ensure you’re happy with your choice. (212-439-9222, francesstewartagency.com). Individual nanny fees vary.
In an era of often impersonal digital interactions, this nanny referral agency eschews online applications, requiring all candidates to meet with a coordinator in person. Moreover, if you’re looking for experience, The Fox Agency is perhaps your best bet—it was founded in 1936, and remains family owned and operated. (212-753-2686, thefoxagency.com) Individual nanny fees vary.
A cultural exchange program affiliated with the American Institute for Foreign Study, Au Pair in America provides unique and enriching experiences for families and nannies alike. Au pairs come to the U.S. from all around the world to provide live–in childcare while completing the program’s educational component by taking college classes. The extensive matching process involves getting to know your potential au pair through written applications and phone/video interviews. With their J-1 visa status, your au pair can stay with your family for up to two years. Families with infants or special needs children can choose from especially qualified candidates, while those with older kids who need less coverage have options that are priced accordingly. (800-928-7247, aupairinamerica.com). Match fee $400, annual program fee $7,065–$9,375, au pair minimum weekly stipend $146.81–$250.
Based in California but serving New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, this boutique agency is dedicated to matching college–educated live–in nannies with discerning families. All potential nannies undergo a thorough screening process to determine their eligibility; The Nanny League looks for the best and the brightest, so your potential caregivers are sure to be kind, warm, intelligent and creative. Clients laud The Nanny League for their exceptional candidates, highly personalized matching process and responsive customer service. (310-893-9355, thenannyleague.com). Individual nanny fees vary; The Nanny League charges 15% of the annual gross salary for full–time permanent placements.
Owned and operated by NYC parents (and grandparents, in fact) with significant experience in the legal and education industries, A Choice Nanny has been placing live–in nannies with families for more than 20 years. They’ll start by meeting with you to find out what your specific needs are, then coordinate meetings with appropriate candidates. (212-246-5437, achoicenanny.com). Agency consultation fee $100. Nanny rates vary; expect $800 minimum weekly rate.