Family FAQ

We serve the entire Puget Sound region including: Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, Sammamish, Redmond, Woodinville, Medina, Hunts Point, Bothell, Lynnwood, Everett, Shoreline, Mercer Island, Renton, Newcastle, Normandy Park, Burien, and Tacoma.

Since 1984, we have been successfully placing experienced candidates with wonderful families throughout the Puget Sound area.  Our reputation as the leading nanny and household support agency helps us attract top quality individuals. We are proud to work with candidates who have completed Long-Term assignments through us and have returned to us for further placement. We build lasting relationships with our great candidates, and they proudly refer other candidates to us. We also use a variety of other resources, including online resources, social networking, campus recruiting, as well as partnering with other leading agencies to conduct nationwide searches for qualified candidates.

Our in-depth screening process is explained here.

We are happy to discuss the many ways we can tailor corporate backup to your company’s needs. Please feel free to contact ANI with any questions.

Long-Term / Short-Term FAQ

Long-Term is when a family is looking to hire an employee for at least a year commitment.

Short-Term is when a family is looking to hire an employee for less than a year, has an interim need, or is not sure how long they need someone.  This position is typically hourly without benefits. Short-Term is a “pay-as-you-go” service that is non-contractual and ends when either the family no longer needs care or the employee is no longer available to provide care. It is possible to have more than one employee in a given time period, but every effort is made to offer consistency to the family.

The entire process can take one to six weeks, from the time a family starts the process with a Placement Counselor to the start date for the employee.

We offer a full six month replacement guarantee on all Long-Term referrals. If the candidate does not work out for whatever reason in the first six months, we will begin a new search and provide additional referrals.  There is no guarantee on Short-Term referrals.

Salaries are based on the amount of experience the candidate brings to the position and the duties included in the job description – in addition to current ‘Market Value’.  It is common to guarantee hours and reimburse for employee’s automobile expenses if his or her vehicle is used on the job.  Benefits may include: paid sick days/holidays/vacation and a medical insurance contribution (which can also serve as a tax credit to the family).

Please see specific job descriptions for salary ranges by job title.

The family is the employer and will want to account for about 10% above the gross salary of the employee for the family’s share of payroll taxes.  For more information, please read our household payroll page.

We look forward to helping you find the best candidate for your needs using the ANI Process.  You can simply complete our inquiry form and a Placement Counselor will get in touch with you, or call us at 206-784-8462 during our business hours, Monday through Friday  9:00AM to 5:00PM Pacific Time, to talk with one of our expert Placement Counselors or to arrange a consultation at our office.

Depending on the specifications of your search, on average you can expect to interview between two and five candidates. We save you time by pre-selecting candidates who meet your family’s individual needs and only introducing you to those candidates.  We take great pride in the fact that most of our families choose to hire the first or second person they see.  However, there is no limit to the number of candidates you may interview. It only takes one perfect match and we will keep searching until you find that person!

We value the companies here in the Puget Sound area that we have been working with for over 32 years, and give discounts to the employees of the following Companies:

UW Physicians
Swedish Hospital
University of Washington
Pac Med
Children’s Hospital
Seattle Reproductive Medicine
Virginia Mason
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Valve Software
Tableau Software

If you would like your employer to be included on our Corporate list, please contact us!
ANI also offers returning/loyal client discounts.

Temporary / On-Call FAQ

On-Call Nanny services are available for:

  • Fill-in for your Nanny
  • Daycare/school closures and holidays
  • Sick childcare
  • Date nights
  • Overnights
  • Any other temporary childcare need

Temporary/On-Call Nannies are typically only responsible for the children’s needs. If you require additional household support, please let your Placement Counselor know when making a request.

  • Our Temporary Nannies typically charge $18-$21 per hour, depending on the number of children and time of day (time and ½ for all major holidays). Wages are subject to change. There is a four hour minimum required per day.
  • 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.
  • If a Temporary Nanny uses her vehicle while performing job duties, you must reimburse her for gas mileage at the current IRS mileage rate.

Families who utilize Temporary Nannies are still considered the Nanny’s employer.  If you pay any one Nanny less than $2,000 per calendar year, you are not required to withhold or pay taxes.  If you choose to claim the temporary Nanny, please request the social security number at the time of service from the Nanny. Annie’s Nannies  does not provide social security numbers. For more information regarding taxes, please read our household payroll page.

  • Cancellation: Once we have assigned a Nanny to your job, the Placement Fee will be processed with no refunds. If an assignment is canceled with less than 12 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 try to find a replacement, or you will not be charged (or credited).
  • Scheduling:  Please make all arrangements for care by contacting the Agency. Clients are not allowed to book Nannies directly.
  • Guarantee: ANI makes every effort to fill all requests.  However, we do get booked on occasion and cannot 100% guarantee a placement every time.

First you must set up a family file with a Placement Counselor during business hours.
To get started click here to submit a Family Application. Once a family file is set up, simply call or email your requests as they come up!  Texting is available for after-hours emergencies on our emergency cell phone.

We normally process On-Call requests during business hours (Monday-Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm) and we are on call for ANI Members between the hours of 7am-9am and 5pm-9pm Monday –Friday and from Noon-8pm on Sunday.  We can often fill last-minute requests so please contact us at your earliest opportunity. We are closed all major holidays and Saturdays.

While there is not a formal client interview process for Temporary Nannies, we do send you a short summary about the Nanny we book for your assignment.  The summary includes information about her experience, qualifications, and history with our agency.  The Nanny will call you prior to the assignment to introduce herself and gather any additional instructions.

Requesting a specific Nanny is a benefit of Membership.  Though we cannot guarantee that the same person will be available for every 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 contact your Placement Counselor to discuss details.