About Us

Needle in a Haystack Childcare is a specialist nanny referral agency; we work solely with families who have children with additional needs (and their siblings) in the Boston Metro area. We provide experienced nannies, buddies, mentors and childcare workers for positions that may be full or part-time, daily or live-in, temporary and permanent.

We deal with placements for babies, children and teens with a range of additional needs including mild learning difficulties, physical or learning disabilities and social-emotional and behavioral needs.

At Needle in a Haystack we understand that being a mainstream nanny and being a special needs nanny are two completely different roles—and they require different types of people.

The Needle in a Haystack process involves extensive nanny screening, rigorous background checks and comprehensive family interviews to ensure a strong and nurturing relationship for both the family and the nanny. We know that families and nannies have a very personal relationship that isn’t always easy, but our agency’s goal is to find that perfect fit while providing our clients with an exceptional experience.

Our goal is to make the process of locating, hiring, and retaining specialized care for your children as easy and stress-free as possible.  We meet this goal by providing your family with personalized attention and take the pain out of screening, scheduling, and vetting potential candidates.

Our Founder

Needle in a Haystack Childcare was founded by Robert Jones in Weston, MA. Robert sought out to become an expert in caring for children on a full-time basis while employed as a counselor at a camp serving children with serious illnesses and conditions. Robert enjoyed working with children so much that he decided to continue his education and study Psychology while working as a full-time nanny.

While working full-time, Robert graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Cambridge College in Cambridge, MA. After receiving his degree, Robert set his mind on studying abroad and expanding his experiences which led him to Roehampton University in London, UK where he received his Master’s in Education. During his time as a full time student in Massachusetts and the UK, Robert has enjoyed many different positions highlighting his passion for helping children, specifically with special needs, ranging from Elementary School Teacher and Learning Support Specialist to Behaviour Technician and Nanny.

His work has included collaborating with parents, teachers, teammates and other professionals while carrying out individualised lessons and behavioral plans. Robert has worked in integrated classrooms as well as 1:1 with children aged four to fifteen years in home and community settings. Robert is exceptional in his ability to provide fun and loving but structured and firm environments for children to develop and reach their individual potential.