Forgot to mention- I had to use North Shore Nannies this week b/c our nanny was out for the day. We had a temp nanny come in and she was great. The coordinator at the agency was very helpful on Tuesday helping to arrange a Wednesday nanny and rearranged some things, which I appreciated. It's a $25 fee to the agency and then $12/hr for the nanny. The only thing that I wasn't too keen on- and maybe I'm in the wrong about this- was that I was told up front that "tipping is encouraged if she's great." And then I found out that the full $12/hr goes directly to the nanny. It would be one thing if the agency took a cut from it, but I felt pressure to spend above and beyond was I was able to. I ended up giving a little bit of a tip, so hopefully that was fine.
BUT- all in all, great experience and I highly recommend.