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Watch Me Work…..#WatchMeNanny

View More: http://orangeanchor.pass.us/denning2The ANI team believes what Nannies do every day is some of the most important work on the planet. Seriously.

We want to show everyone how hard you work and how amazing you are!

We’ve launched our new Instagram page and want you to help us fill it with awesome pictures and videos of you doing what you all rock at….Nannying!

Want to Join us? Here’s what to do:

1. Get permission to post pictures/videos of you with your nanny kids first! If you can’t include kiddos, just send us a picture of you!

2. Post on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter and tag Annie’s Nannies and include the hashtag #watchmenanny.

3. You can also email us your pictures/videos and we will post for you!

FIND US and FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

Instagram: anniesnanniesinc

Facebook: Annie’s Nannies, Inc.

Twitter: @AnniesNannies

Now let’s blow up social media with #watchmenanny!!

Also, check out ANI work in our video mashup we posted yesterday!

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WIN a Family Photo Session from Annie’s Nannies!

familyeditsmallAnnie’s Nannies loves to feature real Annie’s Nannies families and nannies on our website and marketing material. We are looking for a few families and nannies to update our photo pool and we need your help!

We are giving away 3 full sessions with our favorite local photographer Denise Danzer ($200 value per session).  All winners will have to sign a waiver allowing ANI rights to use your photos on our website and in future marketing material.

HOW TO ENTER:

Send us a family photo (any photo will do!) by APRIL 30th.  Email a JPG to: teah AT aniseattle.com. Please include your contact information.

DETAILS:

  • 3 winning families will be chosen at random to receive a FREE photo session! We will contact the winners by MAY 4th. We will send you information on location, dress code, plans for rain, etc.
  • We would LOVE to see your nanny (for families) or your family (for nannies) joining in on these sessions!
  • The photo sessions will take place on Saturday, May 14th OR Sunday, May 15th (please make sure these dates work for you!) at Lincoln Park or Alki in West Seattle.The sessions will be 1 to 1.5 hours long.
  • The session will include walking around the park, so be prepared for potentially muddy paths. Umbrellas, rain boots and jackets/hats encouraged for that true Seattle look!
  • After the photos have been edited you will receive up to 35 photos on a disc (or uploaded to OneDrive) for your use!

 **No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.  If chosen, you must be available on the date/time ANI sets up the photo shoots. You must also sign a waiver to permit ANI to use the photos on our website and in promotional material.   

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When You (Or your Nanny Boss) Works From Home

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By: Jenny Williams, Temporary Director

In this day and age, with increasing technology and flexibility from employers available to working parents, more and more moms and dads find themselves working from home while still needing a nanny to help take care of the children. Some parents prefer to shut themselves in their home office and ask not to be interrupted. Others will come in and out or set up a work station in an area that they can still interact with their child/children. Regardless of the setup, we know that this scenario is one we will see with increasing frequency in the years to come.

We have heard from numerous families and nannies of “parent-at-home” arrangements that have both flourished and tanked. What are some ways that you can work with the nanny at home to maximize success for both parties?

  1. Strive for clear roles and expectations from the beginning. As soon as the parent and nanny are on the same page as to who will take care of what (and when), if/when the parent should be interrupted while working, and who has authority on which situations, things will start to naturally settle into place. Don’t expect this process to be easy and bump-free. Again, flexibility is huge as the two of you work out the best arrangement for the situation.
  2. Do consider setting up a separate work space away from the nanny and children. This is by far the most successful setup we have seen of parents working from home. Inevitably, children rarely want to stay with a nanny when they know mom or dad are in the next room. In addition, setting up a separate work space will prevent you from constantly wanting to check in or “see how things are going.” Unplanned interruptions can throw off the best routines, leaving the nanny feeling frustrated and unable to make progress with her own relationship with the children.
  3. Understand that nannies want to feel useful in their job. If you are doing everything for your child that you would normally do when the nanny isn’t there, she will start to feel unnecessary and wonder why she is even there.
  4. Schedule a regular check-in (once a month ideally to start) with the nanny to see if things are going well for both parties. Both parties should have the expectation that this meeting is a good time to bring up both things that are working well and things that need to be addressed/tweaked.
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Sign Up NOW for our April CPR/First AID Nanny Certification Class!

Our next highly-regarded First Aid, CPR, HIV and Blood-borne Pathogens Class is scheduled for Saturday, April 9th, 9am to noon!
(see below for future class dates)

Here’s what you need to know:

  • What: Nanny only First Aid, CPR, HIV and Blood-borne Pathogens Class, with extra focus on Infant/Child CPR
  • When: Saturday, APRIL 9TH, 9:00AM to Noon
  • Where: Phinney Neighborhood Center Room #6, Seattle
  • Cost: $40 per person
  • Details: 2 year certification in First Aid, CPR, HIV & Blood-borne Pathogens
  • Register: Click the Sign Up Now button below!

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

We’re excited to see you there on Saturday, APRIL 9TH!

Future class being held on:
May and June TBD
*Please check back at the beginning of that month to sign-up.

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Annie’s Nannies Sponsors National Nanny Training Day 2016!

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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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Seattle’s Annie’s Nannies Founder Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Suz and Annie award 2015(Oct. 11, 2015 – Seattle) –– The Association of Premier Nanny Agencies, a national non-profit that helps set the bar for safe professional service in the nanny industry, has bestowed a Lifetime Achievement Award to Seattle’s Annie Davis, founder of Annie’s Nannies, Incorporated.

“I started my business in 1984. In the last 31 years, my staff has done a wonderful job helping thousands of our families find a nanny for their children. These women make me so proud and happy,” says Davis. “They offer integrity and compassion in finding a nanny the perfect position and the family the perfect nanny. My staff deserves this award and I will be sharing it with them, as well as a nice bottle of champagne!”

Congratulations Annie!

 

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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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