Behind the scenes

Emma van Balen – co-owner of Nanny for Expats 

Hi there!


Thanks for visiting our website to begin with!


I would love to tell you a bit more about my path to my first experience with Nanny for Expats to introduce myself to you.


I don’t know any better that being interested in children and their development. I taught my own first phrases after school to my little baby sisters the moment I got home. I visited my new born neighbor baby girls and boys (good news for me there were four!) as often as I could. And I’ve been babysitting since I was twelve; oh I felt so proud the first time!


It didn’t come as a surprise that I was planning on studing Child Development and Educations studies in Amsterdam after high school. During my study I worked at different daycares to experience the learning from my study, in practice. During that same period I also did some research to see how childcare at daycares could improve in and around Amsterdam. In my graduation year of study I was looking for more personal contact with the families and children than the daycare could offer me. That is how I came across Nanny for Expats. I was looking for an agency that would value my education and experience and place me within a family that would value this as well. I was looking for a family in need of a nanny who could really stimulate the development of their children.


I started with a shared nanny job through Nanny for Expats, taking care of two newborns which was a true challenge but a great experience. My second job was again a shared nanny job with two newborns, working for two international families in the very center of Amsterdam. I truly enjoy working with them.


The founder of Nanny for Expats decided to move to the USA and was looking for someone to take over the management of Nanny for Expats. Due to my nanny experience, passion for children and educational background, she asked if I was interested. It didn't take long before I said 'YES'!


Nanny for Expats is an agency that values the educational background of a nanny and stimulates and challenges her to develop herself in her job.


For families, Nanny for Expats offers professional childcare at home by placing highly experienced nannies with an international scope. We focus on a fast and flexible service (appointments are possible during week days, in the evenings and during the weekend, to accommodate working parents). As an agency we are engaged with the needs of the parents and once we placed a nanny, we remain involved in order to provide guidance and step in where help is needed.


My strength? Well, thanks to my educational background in Child Development & Education and childcare experience, I am able to empathize with the families' needs and understand what they are looking for. Due to my own experience as a nanny, I understand what a nanny needs in her job, how to recognize the value of her work experience and how to keep her happy in her nanny role. Nanny for Expats is convinced that a 'happy nanny  means happy children, which leads to a happy family' and that is a statement I fully support..


Please contact us for more information by sending us an email or give us a call!



Rhea Vaden - Family Consultant


Hello Nannies and Families,


Welcome to Nanny for Expats! I am the company's Family Consultant, which means I work with both nannies and families to help find the best matches for all involved. And I look forward to working with you. But first, a little about me.


I am an American/Dutch woman, born and raised in the United States. However, my father is from the