How do you look for an hire a "manny" in Westchester, NY?
July 28, 2010 6:12 PM   Subscribe

We need a new nanny, and I have two high-energy, high intelligence (G&T) boys. I'm thinking a manny might be the answer, but there are none on the typical sites like sittercity and craigslist. Any suggestions? Things to consider?
posted by digitalprimate to Home & Garden (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite is another place to look.
posted by CathyG at 6:20 PM on July 28, 2010

I think a lot of energetic, highly intelligent female nannies would be insulted by your question. You don't present any reason why you want a "manny," other than their gender, activity level, and intelligence.

Have you had gender-specific problems with female nannies in the past? Do your sons lack strong male role models? If not, you're probably unnecessarily narrowing your options.

The best way to get a good nanny is through word of mouth, an agency, or advertising with comparatively high wages. I've seen ads offering $200 a week for full-time childcare. That's $40 a day, $5 an hour if you make the generous assumption that the parent leaves at 9 and is home at 5 on the dot. Don't be that employer.
posted by charmcityblues at 7:36 PM on July 28, 2010 [6 favorites]

Check out local Universities/Colleges, especially Child Development/Education/Recreation departments and job centers. Also if there is a parent group/community center look to see if there are job boards. When I finished working for a family in San Francisco I didn't have to even look for another job, there were two or three families ready to hire from the local mothers group. Talk to as many other parents as you can.

I'm an energetic, educated, female nanny and I'm sad to primarily see other females as caregivers. I think it is great that you want to find a male caregiver! My male classmates in Child Development were few and far between and struggled against the stigma many people place on males in care giving careers. Child cares and preschools NEED more families who WANT men in care giving jobs! I don't think any child can have too many good role models... male or female! With all the discrimination against male childcare workers pushing men out of care jobs, anybody who doesn't discriminate is awesome in my book!
posted by Swisstine at 8:29 PM on July 28, 2010

What is G&T? Gin and Tonic?
posted by gum at 8:33 PM on July 28, 2010 [10 favorites]

Gifted & Talented.
posted by acoutu at 10:02 PM on July 28, 2010

The best way to find someone is by word of mouth. Sittercity and Craiglist are fine, I'm sure, but I've never found any jobs that way and no one I know has found nannies that way.

I know a lot of people in this area. If you mefimail me I can try to help you find someone.
posted by internet fraud detective squad, station number 9 at 7:54 AM on July 29, 2010

Mod note: few comments removed. knock it off.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:05 AM on July 29, 2010

Response by poster: Well, the search continues, but thanks for everyone for all your help. I'm still looking for a competent person of any gender/ethnicity/religion/strong feelings on al dente pasta.
posted by digitalprimate at 6:09 PM on August 6, 2010

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