A highly reputable firm known mostly for the care with which it places nannies in homes, both live-in and live-out. It only accepts candidates who are experienced and come highly recommended, and it screens each one closely. The firm also claims an expertise in finding baby nurses, housekeepers, personal assistants, household managers, butlers, and chefs. It can also find temporary nannies for local families. Call 800.398.8810 to book a sitter at least 24 hours in advance of your outing. Babysitting rates run $16-$20/hour, with a four-hour minimum, and there is a fee if you cancel within 48 hours of your date. Town & Country's thorough service does not come cheap. It charges 15% of a full year's compensation for permanent childcare and household help, and 25% for baby nurses and 35% for temporary help. But the agency is responsive and responsible, and several people we've spoken with have been pleased with its services.