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 443-997-7000 to start the referral process.
In-Home Placement Agencies
The Nanny Network
The Nanny Network, serving Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Howard, and Harford Counties, Baltimore City, Washington DC, and northern Virginia, offers a 10% discount to Johns Hopkins employees.
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.