Selecting a childcare provider to welcome into your home can be a stressful experience. Whether you need a night out on the town or a long-term arrangement, these great area resources make finding the ideal caregiver in Philadelphia fast, easy and safe. Don’t forget: the best childcare resources, including those on this list, recommend parents interview prospective sitters, check references and trust their instincts, so give yourself a little time with each agency.
The Philadelphia Nanny Network
10 E. Athens Ave. #214
Ardmore, PA 19003
Price: $550 to $800 per week, plus room and board for nannies/$13 to $25 per hour for babysitters
Serving the Philadelphia area since 1985, The Philadelphia Nanny Network offers nannies, babysitters, tutors, housekeepers, cooks and childcare services throughout the Delaware Valley. Nanny Network even offers a nanny temp program for families in need of temporary services due to illness, vacations, or business travel. While the network’s caregivers command pricey salaries, The Philadelphia Nanny Network has a reputation for quality. It performs a five-phase security-check process, including hiring a private security firm to complete a criminal, Department of Motor Vehicles and social security check.
ABC Nanny Source
918 Town Center
Doylestown, PA 18901
Price: $600 to $800 plus benefits for full-time, live-out nannies/$13 to $18 per hour, plus some vacation benefits for part-time nannies/$18 to $20 per hour or $30 per overnight for stay-in nannies
ABC Nanny Source is another popular and trusted local nanny placement agency. Serving the entire Philadelphia region, including Montgomery, Bucks, Chester and Delaware Counties, ABC Nanny Source recently expanded into New York, New Jersey and Delaware. The family owned, in-home nanny service specializes in permanent, full- and part-time nannies, and overnight infant care providers. Each candidate undergoes a 10-point screening process and professional training to ensure a safe and healthy childcare experience.
Price: call for fees
Founded in 1988, Your Other Hands is Philadelphia’s only 24-hour bonded babysitter/nanny referral service. The agency offers newborn care, full- and part-time permanent live-out care, and most importantly, accommodates on-call requests. A member of the International Nanny Association, Your Other Hands directly pays nannies and offers parents a comfortable payment schedule. Additionally, the service performs a rigorous screening procedure on each childcare provider, taking the hassle out of sitter searching.
175 Strafford Ave., Ste. 1
Wayne, PA 19087
(610) 645-6355 or (800) 870-5522
Price: Call for prices
Care Solutions is a one-stop source of expert live-in or live-out nanny care. It offers full-time, part-time, emergency, after school and summer childcare services, as well as in-home, non-medical care for the elderly. The agency also provides corporate programs for companies seeking back-up childcare to suit their employees’ needs.
5 N. Haddon Ave., Ste. 7
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
Price: $13 to $20 per hour
Focused on matching families with nannies since 1983, Neighborhood Nannies was the first nanny service to open in New Jersey. The company provides fully screened, experienced nanny referrals in Philadelphia and the surrounding New Jersey suburbs for a fee ranging from $75 to $125.