Chicago Area Nannies Are Put to the Test: First Class Care Raises the Bar for Child Care Candidates

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Northbrook, IL-based First Class Care, Inc has become the first domestic placement agency in Chicago to require all of its nanny candidates to pass the INA (International Nanny Association) Basic Skills Test, a national exam developed to assess a nanny’s basic childcare knowledge, reaction time and judgment skills.

Northbrook, IL-based First Class Care, Inc has become the first domestic placement agency in Chicago to require all of its nanny candidates to pass the INA (International Nanny Association) Basic Skills Test, a national exam developed to assess a nanny’s basic childcare knowledge, reaction time and judgment skills.

“This exam is just one more value-added service we bring to our customers,” said Erin Krex, president of First Class Care and long-time INA board member. “The test allows us to evaluate even more carefully a nanny’s preparedness and professionalism.”

The exam, a forty-question timed, multiple choice test, covers health, safety, nutrition, professionalism and child development, To date, First Class Care is the only Chicago agency to require the exam as a condition for placement. “Our screening process is one of the most rigorous in the industry,” added Krex. “Only three percent of our applicants meet the criteria needed before meeting First Class Care client families.”

The International Nanny Association, founded in 1985, is one of the nation’s leading associations to press for professional standards, recognition and working conditions for nannies. “We’re gratified that First Class Care is contributing to the growing professionalism of the field,” said Susan Tokayer , President of INA. “Incorporating the exam into the nanny screening process is a positive step forward for applicants and families as well.”

About First Class Care: First Class Care, Inc. is a Northbrook, IL-based Domestic Care Agency serving Chicago and the suburbs. The company is a fully licensed and bonded Domestic Employment Agency and Illinois Home Services Placement Agency. First Class Care offers its clients a variety of services including nannies, newborn care, housekeepers, house managers and elder care companions. The agency was named “Agency of the Year” by the Association of Premiere Nanny Agencies.

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