Private Educators

Creative collaborators who meet kids where they are and empower them to become life-long learners.

Imagine an unbeatable student-teacher ratio.

Many families want their children to have a more robust experience than traditional schools offer. But the idea of homeschooling can feel daunting, especially if you have a demanding or unpredictable schedule.

Our private educators customize an engaging experience that takes your child by the hand—right where they are—and helps them fall in love with learning.

Some kids learn better outside the box.

Adventure Nannies recruits educators with diverse philosophies and experiences as classroom teachers, homeschool teachers, and tutors. Many have extensive nannying backgrounds, too. You can feel confident knowing your child is receiving a world-class education—and loving every minute of it.

The private educators we represent are skilled at:

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Designing and implementing custom curriculum

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Teaching curriculum you’ve already selected

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Leveraging worldschooling and other alternative education models

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Educating children who have additional support needs

We’re currently working with families launching relocation searches for full-time educators. If you prefer a local or part-time teacher, please reach out to local agencies or tutoring companies for assistance.

This is a big-deal decision.

And we don’t take your trust lightly.

We search.

Your dedicated placement manager hits the ground running.

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We craft a personalized job description highlighting your family’s unique needs.

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We recruit within our existing network and screen brand-new applicants just for your family’s role.

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We engage in extensive preliminary screening to make sure you’re meeting with candidates you’re thrilled about.

You select.

We introduce you to a handful of well-qualified candidates.

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You choose whom to meet, based on in-depth profiles and a candidate’s personal statement.

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You get interview tips so you’re sure to ask the questions that matter most.

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You invite your top candidates for a trial run so you feel completely confident in your choice.

We support.

You have us by your side through the entire process.

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We provide assistance with scheduling, compensation and benefits negotiations, and employment agreements.

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We offer help with state-specific employment and tax laws as needed.

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We provide training guidelines so you can onboard your employee stress-free.

When you’re raising an extraordinary human,
it helps to have an exceptional educator.

“We felt heard and taken care of…”

and other kind words from Adventure Nannies families

Starting with a very thorough conversation on our needs to a collaborative process of writing out the job description, we felt like we had a very caring partner working towards the best interests of our family.

The Keyani Family

They provide a really unique and specialized service and handle their clients and nannies with the utmost professionalism and discretion. We are very grateful to Adventure Nannies for matching our family with our very own “Mary Poppins.”

– Private Family

Darya… is smart, funny, interesting and has the perfect fun spirit for our son. We are amazed by all the different activities she creates for him and can already see how much is he learning and growing every day. 

The Jasper Family

Private educators are in high demand.

We’ll help you land your dream candidate.

Adventure Nannies does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability or handicap, sex or gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law. We encourage our families to follow EEO practices when interviewing and selecting candidates for their positions.

Hiring a private educator is an investment in your child’s development, in your peace of mind, and in your family’s well-being.

We only recruit and place the best of the best, and we believe our candidates ought to be compensated for their experience and expertise, and at a rate that equals the scope of role and support they provide to your family.

In general, you can expect to invest:

  • $1,000 to launch your search
  • A one-time placement fee (25% of the candidate’s annualized gross earnings)

Additionally, you can expect an Adventure Nanny to seek:

  • At least $30 per hour to your employee, plus overtime if applicable
  • Benefits, much like any professional would be offered

Other Support

Long-Term Nannies

Positive, proactive professionals who care about your child as much as you do.

Travel & Temp Nannies

Adaptable, flexible helpers who foster your child’s curiosity wherever life takes your family.

Newborn Care Specialists

Trained experts who help care for your little one so you can savor this all-too-short season.

Common Questions

About Adventure Nannies Candidates

Can you help our family find a nanny who has been trained in RIE / Montessori / Waldorf / Pikler?

Yes! We often run specialized searches for private educators who are well-versed in many alternative education and childcare practices. 

You may also consider candidates with a basic familiarity and appreciation for your preferred approach and then invest in a formal certification course for the ideal candidate if one is desired.

Can you help us find a bilingual private educator?

Yes! Many of our candidates are fluent in second and third languages such as Spanish, French, Mandarin, and American Sign Language. We are one of the only agencies nationwide that offers specialized searches with language and specific education requirements!

Please keep in mind that specialized searches often result in extended timelines.

Can you helps us find someone who specializes in working with children with disabilities?

Yes! This is one of our most popular requests. We have many private educators who have formal training, certifications, and/or have years of experience with children who have a range of support needs.

About the Search and Screening Process

How long will my search take?

It’s good to begin your search at least four weeks before your ideal start date. The process can be shorter or longer depending on how responsive you are, availability of qualified candidates, and your geographic location. Our average timeline is currently 6-8 weeks.

What can I do to expedite the search process?

Families who communicate clearly and quickly tend to get the fastest results. For example, your feedback during the search process is vital to ensure the candidates we screen and present are exactly what you’re looking for. 

It’s also important to clearly communicate expectations and guidelines in your candidate interviews and employment agreement, create a plan for training, and provide plenty of opportunities for feedback and open communication. 

We guide you the whole way through.

How do you screen your candidates?

Each candidate has at least two interviews with our staff, including your dedicated placement manager. We also check at least three professional references and conduct an online and social media screen.

Once you’ve extended an offer of employment, your new hire will undergo a thorough background check in compliance with applicable laws:
● Criminal Background Investigation
● DMV Driving Record
● Social Security Number Verification
● Sex Offender Registry
● Civil Restraining Orders
● National Wants and Warrants
● Education Verification
● TrustLine Verification (California)

Is Adventure Nannies, itself, vetted?

We are! The nonprofit organization, Association of Premier Nanny Agencies, vets and supports nanny agencies in the United States and around the world. Since the nanny agency industry is largely unregulated, APNA members (such as Adventure Nannies) undergo a rigorous review of all documents, materials, and agreements to ensure they are operating ethically and within the law.

About Placement

Is there a trial period?

During the interview process, we encourage families to have a paid trial of 1 to 7 days for each candidate.

What if things don't go well after hiring my employee?

We make every effort to help you make the right hiring decision the first time around. But we also understand introducing new caretakers to your children can be stressful on all parties involved. That’s why our team stays in touch after placement to provide guidance as needed on how to preserve a good relationship with your new employee. Often, employer/educator concerns can be resolved with communication and counseling.

However, for peace of mind, we also offer a generous credit offer toward a future search if things don’t work out within the first year of employment.

About Agency Fees and Nanny Compensation

What are your agency fees?

Our private educator placements begin with a $1000 launch fee. Our one-time placement fees vary depending on package level and geographic location.

What is the typical hourly rate for an Adventure Nanny?

Private educators earn at least $35 per hour, plus overtime if applicable.

What benefits do you suggest offering?

We recommend employers put themselves in the shoes of an employee when making these decisions. Specific benefits vary depending on the private educator’s needs and their specific placement. Common benefits include:
● paid vacation and sick time
● holiday pay
● medical, dental, and/or vision insurance coverage or healthcare stipend
● contribution to nanny’s auto insurance plan
● use of car while not working
● gas mileage stipend
● meals while working
● work cell phone
● 401K
● relocation assistance

We offer guidance on how to craft your wage and benefits package.

How do I handle taxes for my employee?

Your family will be the private educator’s employer, so you’re responsible for tax withholding. They cannot be a 1099 independent contractor.

We’re happy to introduce you to our expert payroll partners, HomeWork Solutions.

Why do I have to pay my private educator legally? None of my friends do.

The candidates we work with are professionals and expect to be legally employed by your family—the same way someone working for a business would expect to be employed.

It’s becoming less and less common for families to pay domestic workers illegally (or more politely called “under the table”), as the IRS is taking more note of these infringements. Hiring a private educator illegally can often result in serious tax and legal consequences for families and also withholds vital protections for your employee, including unemployment and workers compensation benefits.

Additionally, people who are paid illegally are unable to verify their professional income and often struggle when applying for rental housing, mortgages, student loans, and auto loans.

We are always more than happy to talk to your friends and explain the risks they may be unknowingly taking on for both their family and their employee by neglecting to pay legally.

With a private educator,
your child can learn without limits.

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