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Annie’s Nannies Sponsors National Nanny Training Day 2016!

NNTD 2016

 

For the 5th year in a row Annie’s Nannies is working with the Northwest Nanny Association to bring you an amazing day of training!  National Nanny Training Day 2016 is a nationwide day of training for nannies, being sponsored by various nanny groups and agencies across the country.  Why is training so important for nannies?  Because keeping current on all the latest in child development and safety is the most important indicator of quality child care!

WHEN: Saturday, April 16th 2016 from 8:30am-4:30pm

WHAT: A full days line-up of speakers and workshops–more details to come soon! Lunch included. Raffles and networking with fellow nannies!

PRICE: GET EARLY BIRD FEES if you sign up by February 29th!  $31.74 for NWNA members and $36.87 for non-members.

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When You Need to Let Your Nanny Go

DSC_7573Whether it’s due to relocation, change in work arrangements or that elusive spot opening up in daycare, telling your Nanny that you no longer require her services is tough for all involved. She adores your children, your children adore her, and you’ll be sad to see her go!

This is a conversation you need to prepare for; begin by looking at your Nanny-Family work agreement for notice and severance pay minimums. Make a decision on whether to increase or maintain the previous arrangement and put it into writing to hand to the Nanny during the conversation. Most families offer at least 2 weeks’ notice and/or 2 weeks’ severance pay to a long-term Nanny; adding an extra week for each year of employment over year one (e.g. a nanny who has been with the family 3 years would receive 4-6 weeks’ notice+severance). Also, remember to write your Nanny a letter of recommendation.

Arrange a meeting with the Nanny at a time when the children are otherwise occupied and she can go home afterwards to process. Tell her all the positives of your experience with her and how valued she is as part of your childcare “community”. The conversation will likely come as a shock to her, so keep it relatively short and sweet, and organize a time for a follow up conversation a couple of days later.

The next step is to let your children know – it’s best to tell them the truth and do it when the Nanny is present. Make sure the children know that it isn’t their fault that the Nanny is leaving, and that you will stay in contact. Giving the children ample time to adjust and ask questions is the key to success here. Presuming the nanny has taken the news gracefully, these last few weeks can be filled with special activities together and provide lots of lovely memories.

Allowing your Nanny time to job search is also extremely important – work together to find time for your Nanny to update her resume, attend interviews and have trial days with a new family.

If you need more support on ending your Nanny’s employment, please contact a Placement Director today. We are here to help! 

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The Top 10 Most Desired Family Assistant Skills

teatraygirlAre you interested in the #1 most requested household job request?  The Family Assistant (or Nanny/Family Assistant) is a Jill-of-All-Trades position that many of our busy families are striving to find.  Here are the top 10 skill sets they are looking for. Is this you?

 

 

1. Able to meal plan, meal prep, cook (gourmet skills not required!)

2. Good time management skills

3. Good at calendaring, tech- saavy both with social media and general online

4. Great organizational skills

5. Multi-tasker and flexible attitude

6. Obvious desire to make the parents’ lives easier

7. Being able to really “hit it off” with school aged children

8. Great driving skills and a great sense of direction

9. Being a little on the Type A side

10. Really enjoying dogs and cats and pet care

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ANI Hosting WestSide Baby Winter Donation Drive

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Parenting Corner: How to Deal with Homework

backtoschool2The school year in Seattle is starting in less than 3 weeks!  As we enjoy these last days of summer, our minds turn to the upcoming year and the potentially dreaded battle of homework.  Many experts are now agreeing that forcing and battling with kids over homework is not helpful.  Here is a great article roundup of ideas on strategies to help our kids, making homework fun, and remembering that children’s job is school and how stressful that can be!

1. ParentMap: Whose Homework Is it Anyway?

2. Red Tricycle: 7 Ways to Make Homework Fun!

3. The Atlantic: Don’t Help Your Kids with Their Homework

4. Parent Further: 6 Tips for Supporting Kids When They Change Schools

6. ParentMap: 7 Tips From The Secret Society of Kindergarten

6. Momastery: The Kids are Fine!

We wish everyone a wonderful year!

 

 

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Worker’s Compensation–An Often Overlooked Aspect of Household Employment

A frustrated, upset child, or child with learning difficulties.By: HomePay Provided by Breedlove

Workers’ compensation insurance is a unique part of the household employment hiring checklist. It’s not tied to the payroll and tax process, but can have a dramatic impact on a family’s finances. The following incident is a prime example of why families need to inquire about workers’ compensation before their household employee starts her first day of work.

The Situation

A family in Tennessee hired a nanny to take care of their 2 kids. The family lived near the park in their neighborhood, so it was part of the nanny’s daily routine to take the kids there and let them have some play time outdoors. Unfortunately, only 3 weeks into the job, the nanny hurt herself while playing with one of the kids and was unable to walk back to the family’s home. She was able to call the mother who quickly drove to the park, picked up the nanny and the kids and took the nanny to the emergency room.

The nanny’s doctor informed her that it would be unsafe for her to care for the family’s children for 3 weeks while she recovered. Between the emergency room visit, x-ray, MRI, arthroscopic surgery and 12 recommended rehabilitation sessions, the total cost of her care came to approximately $8,800. To make matters worse, the hospital informed the nanny that her insurance company refused to pay for her treatment because it was a work-related injury. The nanny and the family were both confused about what to do.

The Law

The majority of states require household employers to purchase a workers’ compensation policy to assist their employee with medical bills and lost wages if they are sick or injured on the job. Even if workers’ compensation isn’t required in a family’s state, they can still be held liable for the value of their employee’s lost wages and medical bills in a work-related incident. Many families mistakenly believe their homeowner’s insurance umbrella policy is sufficient for coverage. However, these policies are written for “guest workers” (i.e. a painter or plumber doing a short-term project) and do not cover an in-home employee.

Note: In California, a homeowner’s insurance policy will cover a household employee provided they work 20 hours or less. If the employee works more than this, a rider must be purchased to provide adequate coverage.

The Outcome

Since Tennessee is not a state that requires household employers to have workers’ compensation for a nanny, the family didn’t break any employment laws. However, since the nanny’s insurance company refused to pay for her medical bills, the family was stuck with the $8,800 bill – plus another $1,800 to pay their nanny for the 3 weeks of work she had to miss. In order to save a little money when their nanny was recovering, both parents used vacation time from their own job to watch their kids until their nanny returned to work. The family now has a workers’ compensation policy – which costs them a little under $500 a year to protect them in case another accident occurs.

This case illustrates why it’s a good idea for families to purchase workers’ compensation, even it’s not required by their state. This family unfortunately made a $9,000 mistake – largely because they weren’t informed about workers’ compensation during the hiring process. Had they received a thorough consultation from an expert like HomePay, we could have eliminated this risk. You can easily imagine a scenario where a household employee is injured on the job worse than this family’s nanny. The resulting medical bills could be 2 or 3 times more expensive, which could cripple a family’s finances.

 

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The #1 Most Requested Nanny Job Description

familyassistantDo you know the #1 most requested type of nanny we hear about day in and day out? It’s the Family Assistant. What is a Family Assistant you ask?  A Family Assistant is a nanny who is also an assistant to the parent/s or household manager.   She provides another pair of hands to assist busy parents with creating a safe and nurturing environment for their children and the management of the household.  Why is this so popular? The more both parents work, and the busier our lives get, the more help a family needs.  This job is typically with school age children (but can include younger children), and is usually about a 60/40 balance of household duties and childcare.  Theses jobs usually range between 30-40 hours/week.

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Summertime in Seattle

Greenlake-Seattle-Q: Can you provide me with a list of fun and educational places that families (and nannies) can take their children to around the Seattle area? Now that the weather is starting to cooperate, I would love to get out and about more.

A: Yes! Field trips aren’t just for school groups with a teacher and 20-30 children. Many places around Seattle offer learning experiences for individual families and/or smaller groups as well. Parent Map has put together a great list of 10 “Do-It-Yourself” field trip locations including The Burke Museum, the Museum of History & Industry, and even Theo Chocolate Factory in Fremont. Descriptions include helpful pricing information as well!

Another great resource I found for families and nannies is the YMCA of Greater Seattle’s blog. It offers 15 fantastic (almost ALL outdoor!) locations around (but not limited to) Seattle. Five of the recommendations were just added to the list last year, ensuring us that the information is current and relevant. Some are old favorites- but places you might not have thought about for a while- and others are tucked away in places with names you may not recognize.

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April’s Nanny of the Month is…

FB_IMG_1430406175947….Jasmine Giles! We’ve worked with Jasmine since 2012 placing her in long-term, short-term, and on-call positions. She is an all around sweetheart and we are happy to have her on our team.  Her newest long-term family says she’s already part of the family!

When asked something funny a child recently said to her, Jasmine had this to say:

“We are teaching  the 2.5 year old I nanny to blow on her food to cool it down  if it’s hot. The meal came out and she said “Jazzy make sure you blow first” After I did to cool down her food she said, “Good job Jazzy!” I love how she is learning and told me good job like I always tell her!”

Congratulations Jasmine and Thank you!

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Discipline as a Parent-Nanny Team

stepsMisbehavior and boundary testing is part and parcel of raising children, and it can be tough to come up with an approach that fits with the parents’ philosophy and that works for the Nanny.

As we all know, what works for one child may not work for another – different approaches might be needed, as long as they are fair and equal in the case of siblings. It is also a good idea to make a plan together for the strategies that will come into play as the children grow.

The most important part of disciplining a child is consistency; what happens with the nanny during the day must continue with the parents after she leaves, and vice-versa. When a nanny sets a consequence during the day and it isn’t followed through with, the child is more likely to repeat the bad behavior and the nanny feels undermined and disrespected.

If this has become a problem in your home, deal with it sooner rather than later. Organize a time for you and your Nanny to sit down and have a clear and frank discussion about what is and isn’t working to get you both back on the same page. Clear communication is key.

See below for some strategies and ideas that might work for you and your family:

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