Thorough. Intensive. Careful. Out of thousands of applicants every year, only 6% are invited to join our selective network.Review Our Process
We’ve worked one-on-one with over 500 New York families for over 6 years, setting the industry standards others have followed. We have a proven track record of making families and caregivers happy.See How We Differ
We quickly help families hire New York nannies, mannies, and babysitters for full-time and part-time, regular after-school, date night, last minute, event, travel, and much more!View Our Services
We follow a rigorous screening process to vet the qualifications and background of everyone we invite to join our selective community. We review over one hundred applications per week and interview a select number of applicants in person at our Union Square offices. Upon a successful interview, we speak with a minimum of two childcare-related references, conduct background checks, and finish with an evaluation from a SmartSitting Director to ensure that they are best matched with SmartSitting families. We believe that nanny and babysitter hires should be treated with the same level of professionalism as corporate hires.
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For families looking for over 35 hours of nanny services per week and a minimum commitment of one year. SmartSitting can help provide the best childcare solution possible, matching your child’s individual personality with just the right full-time nanny.
For families looking for dedicated, active, and engaging individuals for regularly scheduled part-time and after-school care, full days, weekends, mornings, afternoons, or evenings.
For families looking for babysitters and nannies for occasional babysitting requests, date nights, last-minute sitting, travel needs, backup care, school breaks, parties, holidays, New York City Hotel babysitting, and babysitting services for families visiting or on vacation in New York City.
For families looking for academic or standardized test prep tutoring for pre-k to 8th grade; private lessons in everything from athletics to the arts to music and foreign languages; birthday party or event assistance; or personal assistants and general household help.
$20 - $25+ Hourly
Based on number of children, length of commitment, and other possible factors which can be discussed with your SmartSitting Director
15% - 20%
Twenty percent month-to-month fee based on total gross compensation; fifteen percent of annual gross compensation for applicable positions only.
How we’re different
|We have loving, nurturing, and kind nannies.|
|We have energetic, creative, college-educated babysitters.|
|You can browse profiles online. Neat!|
|We even have awesome male nannies (Mannies).|
|We’re real people – not just a website. You can call us or e-mail us and we’ll respond to you.|
|We personally interview every babysitter, nanny, and manny at our offices.|
|We personally call at least two childcare-related references for each babysitter, nanny, and manny and keep them on file for families.|
|We run comprehensive background checks for every candidate hired by a family, whether they are referred for full-time, part-time, or on-call babysitting.|
|We personally coordinate on-call and last minute babysitting so you don’t have to scramble|
|We schedule interviews and coordinate trials so you don’t have to play phone tag or worry about scheduling with multiple candidates.|
|Percentage of total applicants we think are qualified enough to refer to your family.||6%||100%||100%|
When we meet with nannies and babysitters, we’re looking for a lot more than just standard qualifications. In fact, our recruitment directors won’t lower their standards to meet demand. We'll hand select our top candidates for your family, and we stand behind every candidate that we present. We think they’re all pretty special.
All of the SmartSitters on our site have completed our six step screening process. Click below to view individual biographies of our selective group of Smartsitters.View SmartSitter Bios
Candidates complete our extensive online application. Throughout the entire process, we evaluate candidates on the following criteria:
Experience and educational background
Passion for working with children
Problem solving skills
Reliability and punctuality
Candidates with exceptional applications are contacted to set up an in-person interview with a SmartSitting Director.
After a successful interview, we reach out to at least two childcare-related references. Transcripts of these conversations are kept on file for families to review. Only candidates with stellar references move forward in our process.
All candidates undergo a National Criminal Background Check, Social Security Verification, Sex Offender check, and extensive Manual County checks which we keep on file for families to review. Our background check policies are modeled after best practices for the childcare industry.
Throughout the screening process, each candidate’s written and verbal communication are assessed. We require SmartSitters to respond to emails and text messages within 24 hours.
After successfully completing all other steps, SmartSitting Directors get to know each nanny and babysitter through one-on-one re-evaluations. In these meetings, Directors hand pick positions that are best suited for the SmartSitter’s skills, experience, and availability, to ensure positive and successful matches for both sides.