I get it. I really do. Nanny-for-hire websites are fast and cheap. These sites dominate search engine rankings, making unsuspecting parents think they’re safe. Guess again. If you look closely at these internet websites you will see a disclaimer like this one:
“______.com does not employ, recommend or endorse any care provider…nor is it responsible for the conduct of any care provider…each individual is solely responsible for selecting an appropriate care provider.”
Anyone, let me repeat that, A-N-Y-O-N-E can join these nanny-for-hire sites. See the four main reasons to never hire a nanny from an internet website.
Here are the kinds of people on these sites along with rest of the nannies:
- Nannies who have been rejected from legitimate nanny agencies due to suspicious behavior
- Nannies who are on the local agency’s blacklist (yes, agencies do warn each other)
- Nannies who have been fired from families due to negligence
- Nannies who know or have family members that molest children
Those are the types of people that are on these nanny-for-hire sites. Those are the kinds of people that you, as a parent, must sort through to find an honest and loving nanny.
Think about it… Where else would a blacklisted nanny find work? Check out this HLN article about a tragedy resulting in a family hiring a nanny from CARE.COM.
Article excerpt: Prosecutors say 3-month-old Rylan Koopmeiners died of blunt force trauma on July 27, 2012, while under the care of Sarah Gumm, a nanny the girl’s parents found on CARE.COM. Read the full article.
I can just imagine this woman smiling in a nice on-line profile picture, probably holding a baby.
Internet purchasing should be for buying books and TVs, not for buying the services of a stranger to care for your most precious asset. Please do your children a favor and use a local agency. I recommend My Kensington Nanny & Home Services or Nanny Poppins.