Best Online Nanny Services
The best online nanny services are those that offer the largest selection of nanny and babysitter candidates in your local market – at a fair price. Our list of the best online nanny services includes:
- Most Nannies: Sittercity.com (Chicago, IL; founded 2001) Sittercity bills itself as the “largest and most trusted” online nanny service, with “more than one million caregiver profiles nationwide.” A free search of nannies in my area yielded a greater selection of qualified local nannies than any other online nanny service. In addition to nanny and babysitter care, Sittercity also offers pet care, senior care, housekeeping and tutoring. Basic fee is a $39.99 sign up charge plus $9.99 per month.
- Best Nanny Recruiter: Care.com (Waltham, MA; founded 2007) Care.com is the most active nanny recruiter based on the number of Care.com jobs revealed by a Google search for nanny jobs in various cities. In addition to childcare, Care.com offers pet care, senior care, housekeeping, tutoring and has a separate category for special needs care. Basic fee is $30 for a one month subscription including free background check.
- Most Experienced: Nannies4Hire.com (Norfolk, NE; founded 1987) Nannies4Hire.com has the most nanny placement experience and is the most nanny-focused of all the online nanny services (with no offerings for pet care or housekeeping, for example.) The company’s founder is affiliated with a traditional nanny placement agency and is a former nanny. Nannies4Hire’s services have been featured on the Dr. Phil Show, Jon & Kate Plus 8 and Supernanny. Basic fee is $129.99 for a one month subscription.
- Best Guarantee: GoNannies.com (Flower Mound, TX; founded 2003) GoNannies offers a wide selection of nanny candidates and is a very active advertiser and nanny recruiter. GoNannies also offers a “Find Them & Keep Them” guarantee, which extends a family’s membership if the family does not find a nanny who stays in the job. Basic fee is $49 for a 45 day membership, including a free preliminary background check.
An honorable mention should also go to NannyPro.com, a new online nanny service based in Hamburg, New York that has been aggressively recruiting nannies and families. In addition, fee-based online nanny services are offered by nanny tax and payroll specialists HomeWork Solutions Inc. (which is affiliated with 4nannies.com) and GTM Associates (which owns nannyjobs.com.)