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If you are a divorced single mother, one of the biggest challenges you will face is the issue of childcare. Whether you are a working mother with multiple young children or a stay-at-home mom who needs a hand, you are probably asking the question, "How can I go about finding quality childcare"?

There are several options; however, the two most common methods are to use a Placement Agency or an Online Resource.

Placement Agencies

Using a Placement Agency has many advantages. Agencies do all the work involved in vigorously screening candidates before they are presented to a prospective employer, and usually provide clients with support, trial, and guarantee periods. In addition, agencies run all the necessary background checks. 

The downside of working with an agency is the financial factor.  Agency Fees are usually based on a percentage of the employee's annual salary, which is usually several thousand dollars. Naturally, this can be a tremendous disadvantage for a divorced mother on a fixed budget.

Online Services

Using an Online Service offers advantages too, and at a fraction of the cost of a placement agency. Of course, you must do all the screening, interviewing, emailing, phone calling, and background checks yourself. However, this can all be done in the convenience of your home or office at anytime, during or after business hours. You have the control as opposed to having to go through or reach an Agency representative.

As a nanny expert, I suggest that you evaluate your situation (i.e., finances, time frame, avilability) before you decide which method to use. If you have the luxury of using both methods, go right ahead. Remember, these are your children!

If you choose to work with an Agency, get a referral and do the research. Not all agencies are created equal. If you choose to use an online service, do the same and select a user-friendly site that provides families with important tools needed in conducting a search from start to finish. Check out www.NannyKingdom.com for more.


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