As you investigate different child care options, having someone come to your home might be best for your family. In-home caregivers can be relatives, friends, or a contracted paid caregiver, such as a babysitter, au pair, or a nanny.
You might prefer in-home child care because of the convenience, a work schedule outside of typical business hours, or the desire for a one-on-one relationship between your child and the caregiver. Also, in-home care might be more cost effective if you have two or more children needing child care.
Finding In-Home Care
Before beginning your search, decide what your needs and preferences are, what the care providers responsibilities will be, and how much you can afford to pay. Developing a realistic understanding of your family's child care requirements will give your search a clearer focus and ultimately make interviewing and employing caregivers less challenging.
There are generally two main methods you can use to identify potential applicants for an in-home provider. You may choose to use a professional in-home placement agency because it saves time and the agency has access to a variety of resources that you do not. Alternately, you might choose to conduct an independent search for an in-home caregiver because you feel the agency costs are too expensive.
Our partnering agency, LOCATE: Child Care can provide you with additional assistance with your search for in-home child care. They can provide you with a resource guide that contains information on nanny and au pair agencies, networking and advertising suggestions, as well as tips on screening and interviewing potential in-home child care providers.
Email or call 410-516-2000 to start the referral process.
In-Home Placement Agencies
The Nanny Network
The Nanny Network is a long-standing, trusted nanny placement agency that remains committed to excellence each and every time! With safety as its number one priority, The Nanny Network specializes in the provision of carefully screened, vetted and committed caregivers to families in the Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia areas.
The experts at The Nanny Network will take time to guide Johns Hopkins families and help them select the services that may best suit their needs. The Nanny Network specialists are able to work with families with full or part-time, permanent or temporary needs.
In addition to recruiting, vetting and placing permanent nannies, The Nanny Network also fulfills Johns Hopkins employees' back-up child care requests that are submitted to Care.com.
Johns Hopkins employee’s receive 10% discount on permanent placement fees.
Learn more about The Nanny Network and apply for services.
Care.com is a service for finding high-quality caregivers for child care, including care for children with special needs and senior care. Detailed profiles, references, and background checks are a few of the services Care.com provides to help you find and select the best care available.
Sittercity is a service for finding experienced babysitters and nannies to fill all of your care needs. Sitter profiles include: photos and detailed bios, background checks, references and parent reviews, and experience, skills, and certifications.
Au Pair in America
Au Pair in America is a provider for intercultural live-in child care which offers care that is:
- Flexible and dependable
- Full service
- An enriching experience for the entire family
Johns Hopkins faculty and staff receive a 5% program discount, plus no application fee.
For more information, contact a child care consultant at 800-928-7247.
Cultural Care Au Pair
Hosting an au pair can be an ideal childcare solution for busy working parents. In fact, 90% of host families say that having an au pair has given them greater work life flexibility. Cultural Care Au Pair knows that balancing work while raising children is no easy task- that's why a special discount is offered to the Johns Hopkins University and Health system community when first applying for an au pair. The $75 application fee will be waived, so matching with au pairs can begin as soon as possible. Eligible Johns Hopkins employees will also receive $500 off of the program fee when signing up to host an au pair for 30+ weeks.