The Nanny Loft

Frequently Asked Questions

Finding Quality Childcare Can Be an Incredibly Intensive and Time-Consuming Process.
Most people would agree that there is nothing they wouldn’t do to keep their children safe, no lengths they wouldn’t go in order to keep their little ones happy and healthy. As parents, we feel the same way! With the unique knowledge and experience that comes from being a parent and working for the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency, The Nanny Loft’s leadership–along with its entire team–is devoted to bringing highly qualified, responsible, and dedicated nannies to your family.

What Does This Mean?

We dig deep into our candidates’ backgrounds to better assess their characters, identify strengths, and understand their goals and aspirations.
We leverage proven methodologies to identify the most appropriate candidates and sift through potentially problematic behaviors or deficits by using:
Comprehensive background checks
Education and character inquiries
Highly sensitive drug tests
In-person interview and screening process

A nanny is a childcare specialist whose workplace is a family’s private home. A nanny is employed by a family to provide the highest level of customized childcare and to give personalized attention to the family’s children. A nanny may be employed full time or part time, and the nanny may or may not live with the family. The nanny’s role is to provide support to the family by serving as a loving, nurturing and trustworthy companion to the children. 

Ideally, a nanny will have specialized childcare skills, a deep understanding of children and a genuine love for children. A nanny offers the family convenient and consistent high-quality childcare by meeting each child’s physical, emotional, social and intellectual needs.

A Newborn Care Specialist (NCS) is a highly and specially trained individual who focuses on the complete care of infants. An NCS often has extensive training involving optimal sleep habits for newborns, caring for multiples, and promotes best practices for the health and safety of a newborn.
An NCS is generally hired to care for newborns either overnight or around the clock and works independently with minimal guidance from parents. They are familiar with all of the “normal” appearances and behaviors of a newborn and can help families determine when something is outside of that range of normal in order for parents to have peace of mind that their newborn is developing appropriately.  An NCS often has extensive knowledge in caring for multiples or premature infants, and is well versed in establishing good eating and sleeping habits to set the optimal stage for sleep conditioning, with the goal of getting the newborn to sleep through the night and take age appropriate naps as soon as is healthy and possible for that individual newborn. An NCS is also well versed in supporting family values and understands the importance of a child having healthy, educated, and empowered parents. 

An NCS will understand the value of and will support a breastfeeding/chest feeding parent and will also understand and support without judgment a parent who chooses to formula feed, no matter the reason. They will also have a basic understanding of Postpartum Mood
Disorders and can help keep the entire family healthy by knowing when to suggest outside help. The most recent information on optimal newborn care is something that the NCS keeps up with, and those resources are shared with families in order for parents to make educated decisions based on current research and what works best for their family dynamic and values. The NCS is willing to mentor others and be mentored whenever it is appropriate, and fully understands the scope of practice they should work within at all times.

A sleep trainer specializes in developing individual routines and systems for helping babies and children develop solid, healthy sleep habits.

Ideally, a nanny will have specialized childcare skills, a deep understanding of children and a genuine love for children. A nanny offers the family convenient and consistent high-quality childcare by meeting each child’s physical, emotional, social and intellectual needs.

A temporary nanny accepts short term employment. Temporary nannies may provide emergency care, sick care or backup care. These assignments may last anywhere from a few days to several months. Some temporary nannies travel with families to assist with childcare. 

Ideally, a nanny will have specialized childcare skills, a deep understanding of children and a genuine love for children. A nanny offers the family convenient and consistent high-quality childcare by meeting each child’s physical, emotional, social and intellectual needs.

A parents’ helper is employed by a family to provide full-time or part-time childcare and domestic help for families in which one parent is home most of the time. Parents’ helpers may be left in charge of the children for brief periods of time and may or may not have previous childcare experience. 

Ideally, a nanny will have specialized childcare skills, a deep understanding of children and a genuine love for children. A nanny offers the family convenient and consistent high-quality childcare by meeting each child’s physical, emotional, social and intellectual needs.

Postpartum Doulas provide families information and support on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from childbirth, infant soothing, and coping skills for new parents. They might also help with light housework, fix a meal and help incorporate an older child into this new experience.

Ideally, a nanny will have specialized childcare skills, a deep understanding of children and a genuine love for children. A nanny offers the family convenient and consistent high-quality childcare by meeting each child’s physical, emotional, social and intellectual needs.

An au pair is a foreign national between the ages of 18-26 who enters the United States through the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Au Pair Exchange Program, to experience American life for up to 24 months (au pairs in good standing can apply to extend their initial 12 month visit an additional 6, 9 or 12 months). Au pairs participate in the life of the host family by providing limited childcare services (maximum 10 hours per day, 45 hours per week) and are compensated for their work according to the Fair Labor Standards Act. Au pairs may not be placed in homes with infants three months of age or younger, unless a parent or responsible adult will be in the home supervising the au pair. An au pair may not be placed in the home with a child two years of age or younger unless they have 200 or more hours of documented childcare experience.

Ideally, a nanny will have specialized childcare skills, a deep understanding of children and a genuine love for children. A nanny offers the family convenient and consistent high-quality childcare by meeting each child’s physical, emotional, social and intellectual needs.

A temporary nanny accepts short term employment. Temporary nannies may provide emergency care, sick care or backup care. These assignments may last anywhere from a few days to several months. Some temporary nannies travel with families to assist with childcare. 

Ideally, a nanny will have specialized childcare skills, a deep understanding of children and a genuine love for children. A nanny offers the family convenient and consistent high-quality childcare by meeting each child’s physical, emotional, social and intellectual needs.

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