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The Nanny Manual
The Nanny Manual

The Nanny Manual

How to Choose and Nurture the Perfect Childcare Partner


274 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, Mobipocket, EPUB

Trade Paper, $12.95 (US $12.95) (CA $16.95)

Publication Date: May 2018

ISBN 9780981577326

Rights: US & CA

Chirp Publishing (May 2018)


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What's the secret to hiring the right nanny? The thought of leaving your child in the care of a stranger can seem daunting—but it doesn't have to be that way. With compassion and clarity, The Nanny Manual, takes parents on a journey of self-discovery through their heart, soul and mind to help them with one of the most important hiring decisions they'll ever make. Whether investigating the viability of choice for working mothers, debunking the myth of perfection that is Mary Poppins, or exploring the minefields of emotions, values and the hiring process, The Nanny Manual prepares parents for that important day when they leave their child in the care of another.


"There is a huge gap in the literature about nanny care. This book fills that gap, and is written by an expert with long, relevant experience."  —Arthur C. Emlen, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Portland State University

"Parents should follow Alyce Desrosiers' sage advice when leaving their precious child with any caregiver!"  —Mary Beth Phillips, Founding Advocate of Trustline, PhD in Clinical Psychology

"An important and insightful exploration of the complex relationship between parents and their childcare partners."  —Kristin Reinsberg, LMFT Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Clinician, San Francisco, CA

"If you're worried about hiring a stranger to care for your child, this book is for you!"  —Kate Purmal, CEO, CFO and COO, entrepreneur, author, mother and nanny employer

"Beautifully written and a pleasure to read. Filled with novel like narratives, insights and deeply meaningful nuts and bolt ways of thinking."  —Laurel Kloomok, former Director Parents Place and retired Executive Director First 5 San Francisco

"Desrosiers often finds the process of finding childcare an emotionally fraught one for parents. This primer contains a great deal of practical information for parents seeking help with an often challenging process." —

"Desrosiers provides a step-by-step guide to the obstacles parents often face in making important decisions, such as how to advertise to attract the candidate you're looking for, how to prescreen and check references, what questions to ask in the interview process, and how to create a contract." —Julia M. Reffner,

Author Biography

Alyce Desrosiers is a licensed clinical social worker and the founder and managing director of Chirp Connecting Families and Nannies LLC. For the past 20 years, Chirp has helped San Francisco families find, hire and employ Nannies that are the right fit for their needs and lifestyle. In addition to her latest book The Nanny Manual, she is the author of two previous books, Finding a Nanny for Your Child in the San Francisco Bay Area and Nannies for Modern Moms.  Alyce is also the founder of the non-profit, The Institute for Families and Nannies, with the mission to educate, inform and support the relationships between parents and Nannies to further the development of young children. For more information visit,