Nanny and Au Pair Placement Agencies

If you’re interested in pursuing a nanny or au pair career through a placement agency, you may not know exactly where to start. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best agencies on the Web, in location across the globe.

A Nanny for U

Location: Seattle, WA

A Nanny 4 U is one of the leading nanny agencies in the country.

With a former nanny and current mother at the helm, A Nanny 4 U offers full time nanny services, temporary and on-call placements and post-partum doula (an expert in the areas of postpartum depression, multiple births, colic, reflux, sleep issues and a variety of additional situations where you are in need of extra emotional and physical support) services, in addition to other domestic and household job opportunities. A Nanny 4 U provides comprehensive training and support to their nannies and doulas, using a holistic approach to childcare and placement.

As an interested nanny, you can request an interview from the website (, and must send your child-care resume as well. If A Nanny 4 U finds that you are suited to a particular position, you will be asked to complete the rest of the application process. They will require references and background checks as you move forward with the process.

For more information, please visit their website.

Nannies 4 Hire

Location: National / USA

Nannies 4 Hire is a high-profile nanny agency, having been featured on Dr. Phil, Supernanny, TLC, and Good Morning America. Owner Carrie Windgate is a veteran to the nanny industry, and author of “100 Tips for Nannies and Families.” A comprehensive database of nanny opportunities accessible by both families and nannies, Nannies4Hire is about as comprehensive a website for nannies as they come.

The Nannies4Hire website is full of great resources for nannies, including sample interview questions and tips, salary information and more. There are also resources for families who subscribe the fee-based service.

For more information, please visit their website.

Nannies on Call

Location: Calgary / Western Canada

Nannies on Call is a different kind of nanny agency, offering short-term and “on-call nanny” placements for families with emergency and special needs in addition to more traditional part-time and full-time nannies. Serving Western Canada, Nannies on Call is one of the first agencies to truly tap into the market for on-call nannies. Founded by a working mother who found her childcare choices to be limited, Nannies on Call has grown within Western Canada to become a premier agency.

Nannies looking for opportunities outside of the tradition placement can find all of the application requirements on the Nannies on Call website ( Requirements include a cover letter, resume, list of certifications and references. Nannies on Call does not place live-in nannies.

For more information, please visit their website.

First Class Care

Location: Chicago / USA

First Class Care is a Chicago-area “domestic placement agency” which screens and places nannies, cooks and other household staff. Unlike many other agencies, First Class Care lists open positions on their website (including the pay rate and hours), so you can have an idea of what kind of opportunities are available before you submit an application. Agency owner Erin Krex is on the board of directors of the International Nanny Association, and is a working mom with a nanny herself!

First Class Care requires that all potential nannies have 2+ yrs of professional childcare experience with excellent references (CPR, teaching certifications are also a plus). All nannies must fill out an application, have a personal interview, provide valid references and agree to a background check. You also must have a physician fill out a form saying that you are in good health and able to work with children.

For more information, please visit their website.

Great Au Pair

Location: International

Great Au Pair is an international nanny and au pair placement agency, working in more than 140 countries and more than 18,000 nannies and au pairs! In addition to having an international reach and scope, Great Au Pair is one of the few agencies that also works with the U.S. Department of State’s Au Pair Exchange program.

The comprehensive website offers job listings for nannies (which include photos of the parents and children!), resources for parents looking for nannies along with testimonials from nannies and au pairs. Great Au Pair takes advantage of some great online tools to support nannies, au pairs and families in their search. According to co-founder and co-owner Jamie Pitts “A family can simply search and post their job requirements, free at and then use our free FastMatch service to find qualified candidates that meet their needs.”

For more information, please visit their website.

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