They’re the it accessory of almost every celebrity family: The trusted nanny! Whether seen playing at the local park or out for a stroll with our favorite tots of the rich and famous, the celebrity nanny is sure to be captured by the keen lenses of the paparazzi.
Westside Nannies is the premiere placement nanny agency in Los Angeles and is well-known for placing nannies with celebrity families. Whether celebrities are seeking a full-time nanny, family travel companion, or trustworthy babysitter, this nanny agency is renowned for meeting the needs of celebrity clients. Celebrity Baby Scoop sat down with owner, Katie Vaughan, to ask some of our burning questions.
CBS: Are you able to tell us some of the famous families you’ve worked with?
“While we are unable to disclose the names of clients, we are known for working with high profile and celebrity families who demand the best both in terms of service and the nannies they hire.”
CBS: Can you give us the inside scoop on any of the famous families you’ve worked with? Any crazy demands?
“We are known for catering to all of our clients’ needs, and at times, those needs can be out of the ordinary! For example, one busy celebrity asked us to schedule nanny interviews for her at 2 a.m., 3 a.m., and 4 a.m. – it was the only time she had available! Another client asked for a governess who spoke French and had a professional ballet background – we found them the perfect danseuse (Ballerina in French).”
CBS: Give us an idea of what it’s like working with most celebrity families. How many hours per day are the nannies needed? Do the nannies ever do any overnight or holiday coverage?
“With rare exception, working for a celebrity family means that you are on-call 24/7. Celebrity nannies must be completely flexible and able to travel at the drop of a hat (sometimes up to months at a time). For our celebrity clients, we look for nannies with experience, excellent references, a willingness to work, and an attitude of service. Nannies who feel entitled do not last long in this business. It is the ‘I’m here and ready to help’ attitude that separates celebrity nannies from the rest.”
CBS: Have any of your nannies been wet nurses for any of the celeb families?
“No. Many of our clients either breastfeed or use formula, and our nannies are very well versed in the process of freezing and re-heating mom’s breast milk or preparing a formula-bottle for the infants in their care.”
CBS: Would you say most celebrity families are highly involved with the nannies?
“Although celebrity life looks like a piece of cake, our celebrity clients work extremely long hours (up to several months at a time) while working on a project. During such times, our clients will make themselves as available as possible to their children by waking up extra early, asking their nanny to bring their children to the site of their project for a daily visit, or staying up late at night to catch up with their children about their day.
They also often request updates from their nanny via text, email, or phone call throughout the day to check in on the kids. During a local or ‘regular’ project, many of our celebrity clients are like any other working parent – they are out of the door early in the morning and are home by dinnertime to spend a quiet evening with their family.
Whatever the celebrity’s schedule, we see that being a parent is extremely important to our clients, and that is one of the primary reasons they call us looking for the best nannies available.”
CBS: In your opinion, are most children of celebrities spoiled?
“We have found that most of our celebrity clients make a concerted effort to give their children as ‘normal’ a childhood as possible. Even though a celebrity household may consist of a team of housekeepers and nannies, many of our clients have their children ‘pitch in’ by assigning chores such as making their own beds, clearing dishes from the table, and picking up after themselves.
Nonetheless, the realities of celebrity life exist; celebrity children are known to own more expensive, designer clothing than most adults, and often, celebrity children will have spent more time on an airplane by the age of 5 than the average person spends in a lifetime!”
CBS: Please give any other details of celebrities and their nannies.
“The relationship between a celebrity and their nanny is often the same as the relationship between any parent and his or her nanny – they want the best care for their children, and treat their nanny with as much respect and love as any other family. While the added perks of private jet travel and designer handbags as birthday gifts may draw a nanny into a celebrity position, it must also be remembered that the demands of a celebrity nanny job are not always easy to fill. In the end, our goal as an agency is to make a perfect match between a nanny and a family, regardless of their fame, wealth, or status.”