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Being Paid “On the Books” Pays off!- Part 1

 

As a childcare professional, you have one of the most important and noble jobs in the world – to nurture, protect, educate, guide and inspire children.  You should view yourself – and demand to be treated – as a professional.  In part, this means making sure that your compensation is handled accurately, fairly and legally. Read more »

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Nannies, Families and Lice!

Lice have been plaguing human kind since the dawn of civilization.  This unfortunate fact still exists today and can affect any family, any time. We recently heard from a nanny that was drawn into the battle on behalf of her family. She turned to us for some advice, and we decided to put a bunch of resources together in one place!

For a funny movie view, check out Sarah Jessica Parker’s character Kate in the movie I Don’t Know How She Does It:

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Annie’s Nannies–January 2014 Nanny of the Month!

Julie Hales2This month’s winner is a graduate of Northwest Nanny Institute, has 10 years of Nanny experience, and is also an accomplished vocalist! Congratulations to Julie Hales on being chosen this month!  Julie was placed in a long-term job in 2013 with an ANI family.  The family recently had this to say about Julie:

“In her time with us, Julie has been incredibly dedicated to taking care of our daughter, Rose.  She approaches every day with a plan for activities and learning opportunities, whether it is reading together, singing songs, attending story time, making art, doing mat / tummy time etc.  Julie also keeps us updated on how the day went through a journal and pictures and it helps us feel connected even when we can’t be there.  Julie exudes positivity and just loves being around children – she connected instantly with our daughter and they have the most amazing time together.  I feel really secure and happy knowing that Rose is with her every day.    We feel so lucky to have her as our nanny and as a part of our family!  We don’t know what we would do without her!”

When asked about a funny thing a child has said to her recently, she responded, “Remy told me he want to take an airplane to preschool in France every day, because that is where his grandparents live!”

Congrats Julie! Thank you for all you do every day!

 

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Annie’s Nannies–Next CPR/First Aid CLASS!

girl with bearOur 2014 training calendar is kicking off on February 8th with our highly regarded First Aid, CPR, HIV and Blood-born Pathogens Class! Start the year off by getting qualified and confident in life-saving skills.

“I completed my CPR class this weekend. The instructor was great! [...] Very passionate and thorough, and he advised us to “practice” or at least to go over it all in our heads until it’s IN THERE… Very good advice. I’m glad I went to that particular class and wanted to say, Thanks for choosing such an awesome instructor.””
- Nanny Kimber

Here’s what you need to know:
•    What:  Nanny only First Aid, CPR, HIV and Blood-born Pathogens Class, with extra focus on Infant/Child CPR
•    When: Saturday, February 8th from 9:00am-12:00pm
•    Where: Phinney Neighborhood Center; Room #3, Seattle
•    Cost: $35 per person, snacks will be included!
•    Details: 2 year certification in First Aid, CPR, HIV & Blood-born Pathogens
•    Register: Click the Sign Up Now button below!

This isn’t only for ANI Nannies, pass this email onto any of your nanny friends!

We’re excited to see you there on Saturday February 8th!

SIGN UP NOW

Please contact fleur@aniseattle.com or call 206-784-8462 with any questions.

Payment will be taken either via check or credit card, and is due by Wednesday February 5th, 2014 to secure your place in the class.

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Annie’s Nannies December Nanny of the Month

Congratulations to Dolores Schuh, our December Nanny of the Month! Dolores has been a nanny for over 14 years! Her special talents include: astounding toilet trainer,

Dolores on the left!

Dolores on the left!

turn a chore into a game-maker, advanced puzzle putter-togetherer, board game losing skills developer, extraordinary Cinderella, award winning Tin Man, homework enthusiast and motivator, and lover of children of all ages. We placed Dolores this fall and her nanny family loves her.  Way to go Dolores!

When asked what her favorite holiday activity with children is, Dolores responded:

“My favorite holiday activity to do with children is to explore downtown Seattle. We take the Metro bus downtown and ride the carousel. When we’ve exhausted all the animals on the carousel, we take the monorail to Seattle Center and sit in the food court, eat our sack lunch and enjoy the entertainment. While we’re there, we also check out the giant model train display.  Seattle center is nicely decorated for the holidays and there’s so much to see, explore and discuss. When we’re finished exploring, we return home on the bus.”

Congrats again!

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Annie’s Nannies October Nanny of the Month

DSC_0076 - Version 2Congratulations to Shannon Worthy for being chosen our October Nanny of the Month!!  We placed Shannon this fall in an infant nanny-share.  Her families noted that: “Her patience and intuitions about the best way to care for S have consistently been in-line with what we hoped for in a nanny, so I never worry about S when I am at work,” and “She is great with A and very easy to work with from our perspective. A always gives a big smile when she sees her first thing in the morning, which makes leaving that much easier for me!”

Shannon has been a nanny for over 13 years, and has had many long-term relationships with families.  She is what we call a baby expert, having worked with multiples and infants alike.

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How will the Affordable Health Care Act affect Families and Nannies?

ACAThe Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (also known as “ObamaCare”), is the major buzz in every industry right now.  But, how will this affect the Nanny industry?  We’ve collected some great articles from industry publications,and included some links to different informative sites for both families and nannies.

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International Day of the Girl Child – October 11th 2013

International Day of the Girl Child

“Innovating for Girls’ Education”

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But why a day for girls? Here’s a dozen reasons to start with

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Five Fall Family Fun Activities!

Children Playing in Leaves

The arrival of the Pumpkin-Spice Latte means only one thing in the Annie’s Nannies office, it’s Fall again in Seattle. Before the weather starts freezing little (and big) toes, we like to take the chance to spend some time outdoors – enjoying the crunch of leaves on the ground and the sight of hundreds of orange pumpkins in a field.

1. Get Lost In A Corn Maze

One of the most entertaining fall family activities is getting lost in a corn maze! Our friends at Red Tricycle have put together this handy list of 10 corn mazes in the Seattle area. A great, inexpensive day out with the kids that guarantees a good night sleep! Your family doesn’t need much to have fun here – just a pair of gumboots and a sense of direction.

Our Top Pick: Carleton Farm! – Check out all the extra fun activities!

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A Seattle original: Annie’s Nannies

Ever wonder how Annie’s Nannies got started? Or how we choose our nannies? City Living reporter Jessica Davis recently wrote an article on all things Annie’s Nannies: our beginnings, who our clients are, who we are, and our process. Read the article here.

If you have any questions or comments, we’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!

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