Great question, Caroline. There are several routes you could take. You really could start looking for a share family at anytime. Then you could look for a nanny together. Typically nannies looking for new positions to start within a month or so of the start date because they are in between jobs. But you never know, you may find a nanny sooner who is employed with a family that is moving or something and they are looking for a new position with a later start date.