Temporary Babysitters FAQ for Parents

We require all candidates to have the following:

  • Professional childcare experience
  • At least 3 verified references
  • Valid Driver’s license & auto insurance
  • CPR training
  • TB Clearance
  • Pertussis vaccination (if working with children under the age of 1 year old)
Our temporary nannies are subject the same exacting standards as our permanent nannies. SPN vets temporary nannies with our 21 Point Screen method. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Completing an in-depth application and in-person interview
  • At least 3 verified references
  • Criminal Background check (all counties lived/worked in and names used within the reporting period)
  • Driving Record check
  • Social Security verification
  • National Sex Offender check
Our temporary nannies typically charge $22 per hour. You will pay the nanny directly upon the completion of the assignment, either by cash or check. The nanny’s wages are separate from our agency fees.

  • $150 Annual Membership Fee allows you access to our nanny services for a year.
  • $7 per hour Referral Fee is applied once a nanny has been confirmed for your requested dates.
Since the nanny will be employed directly by your family, you will need to be aware of your obligations as a household employer. We are happy to answer general questions, or you may seek the help of a domestic payroll service such as:

We process on-call requests during business hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.  While we are confident that we can make a placement with 48 (business) hours notice, we often fill last-minute requests so please contact us at your earliest opportunity.

Once we have assigned a nanny to your job, the Referral Fee will be processed with no refunds. If an assignment is canceled or changed with less than 24 hours notice, you will also be responsible for paying the nanny for 4 hours of the agreed hourly amount. If the nanny cancels due to illness or an unforeseen event, we will find a replacement, or apply a credit toward a future booking.
Though we cannot guarantee that the same person will be available for each assignment, we will do our best to honor special requests. We require that all scheduling is done through the agency; clients may not contact our nannies directly to request dates.
We are happy to apply the temporary fee to a long-term fee with certain restrictions. Please read our Service Agreement for details.
While there is not a formal client interview process for temporary nannies, once we secure a nanny for your assignment we will contact you to review her experience, qualifications, and history with our agency. The nanny will call you prior to the assignment to introduce herself, discuss your child’s needs, and gather any additional instructions.