Never leave a nanny or any caregiver alone with a child without doing a thorough pre-employment background check. You should be able to run an extensive background check for less than $100. 


  • Run a Social Security Number Trace which should show you any aliases they have used as well as list their address history.
  • Make sure you run a National criminal and sex offender database background check as well as in-house county criminal checks in the main counties the nanny has resided in. It is very easy for a someone to hide an offense or crime in a different county, so that is why all of the above should be completed.
  • Make sure you do a department of motor vehicle report to make sure the nanny doesn’t have extensive tickets, accidents or a DUI.
  • Make sure you get a consent form from the nanny if the company running the background check requests one.  Click Here for a sample nanny background check consent form. Some companies allow you to agree to their online Terms and Conditions while other companies require that you have the nanny sign one.
  • Make sure you see the nanny’s background check results before making any job offer. and the slogan "We put care in finding a nanny" are registered trademarks does not employ any caregiver ( nanny, babysitter, newborn specialist, elderly caregiver or housekeeper ) listed on our site and accepts no responsibility for provider's (client, family, user, parent) selection of a caregiver, or for any caregiver's conduct or performance. Provider is ultimately responsible for selecting a caregiver and for complying with all applicable laws that may apply when employing a household employee. Provider is fully responsible for their caregiver selection, checking references, interviewing and screening applicants and interpreting the background check results.'s screening services and background checks are not a substitution for a provider doing their own thorough screening. Caregivers should never be hired on the spot or without being interviewed in-person first. Our site provides an abundance of helpful tools, articles and resources to help families make smart, safe hiring decisions.