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November Nanny of the Month – Lynne Sandilands!

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Lynne after running the Vancouver 10K in October

ANI is pleased to announce our November Nanny of the Month…. Lynne Sandilands! Lynne is one of our permanent nannies and has been with an ANI family since February of this year. With over 11 years as a household manager and an additional 5 of nanny and au pair experience, there is not much that surprises Lynne! In her free time, you’ll find Lynne hiking, snowshoeing and spending time with her pets – or possibly a combination of all three!

Her regular family comments that Lynne is quirky, funny and fits in well with the family. They also note that it is the calmest it has been in a while with Lynne helping manage the household. They have very much enjoyed watching Lynne grow more and more confident in her role in the family.

One of the (many) things we love about Lynne at ANI is her unique Scottish accent. One of the funniest things she’s heard a child say to her is, “Do you speak any other languages apart from Scottish?”

Thank you Lynne. We appreciate you so much!

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August Nanny of the Month!

7-14-14 #1This month, the accolade goes to Amanda McNellis!

Amanda has been with Annie’s Nannies since 2012 and has fast become one of our families’ favourites! She is known for her sweet nature and her extensive knowledge of infant and newborn care.  Her full-time family ADORED her and were sad to see her go. A recent on call family said:

“Oh gosh, it could not have been easier, or gone any better! What a lifesaver! I was so relieved to get that day covered as (of course) it was a rare occasion where I could not call in sick, and with such short notice, wow! Amanda was warm, kind, prompt and very thoughtful. She sent us photos throughout the day and updated us on how Ben was doing. Both my husband and myself felt very comfortable with her and would certainly recommend her to any other family in need!”

We asked Amanda to tell us something funny that a child said to her recently, she said: “I remember a 3 year old little boy saying to me recently “you talk too much” when we were playing with his toys, it totally cracked me up! Something cute that a 5 year old little girl said to me was “I like your shiny headband, you look like a princess!” too cute!”

Thank-you Amanda for being a wonderful Nanny to the Annie’s Nannies community! We are so glad to have you!

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CPR/First Aid Class – October 2014

Nanny Specific First Aid & CPR Certification Class

Our next highly-regarded First Aid, CPR, HIV and Blood-born Pathogens Class is scheduled for October 19th!  

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: Sunday, October 19th from 2:00pm-5:00pm
  • Where: Phinney Neighborhood Center Room #6, Seattle
  • Cost: $35 per person
  • 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 on to any of your nanny friends!

We’re excited to see you there on Sunday October 19th!

 

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Summer and Fall Classes – Bellevue College

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SUMMER and FALL Quarter registration has begun at Bellevue College!  It’s time to consider college options for Summer (begins 7/1) and Fall Quarters (begins 9/22).

SUMMER QUARTER CLASSES (begin 7/1) – all Online:

ECED107 Health, Safety, and Nutrition  5 cr
ECED190 Observation and Assessment  3 cr
EDUC115 Child Development  5 cr
ECED100 Child Care Basics 3 cr  (basic 30 hrs course for MERIT system)

FALL QUARTER CLASSES (begin 9/22)

See here for more information and the schedule, and STARS Seminar Flyer

ECED100  Child Care Basics
ECED105  Introduction to Early Childhood Education
ECED120  Practicum – Nurturing Relationships
ECED132  Nurturing Care – Infants and Toddlers
ECED170  Environments for Young Children
EDUC204  The Exceptional Child
EDUC115  Child Development
EDUC205  Introduction to Education
ECED198  Special Seminar:  Creativity and Invention for Young Children
ECED199  Independent Studies in Early Childhood Education
ECED299  Independent Studies in Early Childhood Education

Often previous college credits can be transferred toward a certificate or degree – Contact Stephanie Sloan stephanie.sloan@bellevuecollege.edu for an advising appointment, and possible advising by email.

BELLEVUE COLLEGE OFFERS:

  • Flexible schedule to balance work and family
  • Academic support and tutoring, financial aid, and scholarships
  • Work in an Early Achievers Program Level 2 and above? Ask about FREE TUITION and BOOKS!
  • STARS-MERIT: class credits can be used for STARS training hours
  • Faculty are experienced, knowledgeable and dedicated to support your learning

 FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit our website www.bellevuecollege.edu/teachered or email for information teachered@bellevuecollege.edu  or call 425-564-2674 “Like” us on FACEBOOK:  www.facebook.com/bcelte

View the class schedule for the academic year: Click on “See Projected Annual Course Offerings”: http://www.bellevuecollege.edu/teachered/academic-options/course-offerings/

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First Aid & CPR Certification Class – July 2014

First Aid & CPR Certification Class

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Start the Summer off by getting qualified and confident in life-saving skills. 

Our next highly-regarded First Aid, CPR, HIV and Blood-born Pathogens Class is scheduled for July 19th!

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, July 19th from 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Where: Phinney Neighborhood Center Room #6, 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 link on to any of your nanny friends!

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We’re excited to see you there on

Saturday July 19th!

 

“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

What a great CPR class! The teacher made a suggestion that I’ve never heard in my 20 years of taking CPR classes, PRACTICE! He was great!” - Nanny Nicole 

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Being Paid “On the Books” Pays off- Part 2

As we discussed in Part 1 of this series, being paid legally and knowing the basics of the tax law, are an important part of being treated as a professional. In this section we are going to show you some real world examples of why being paid professionally pays off! 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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Thoughtful Answers from Nannies

As part of the process to be represented by Annie’s Nannies, we ask that all of our Nanny candidates answer twenty essay questions. The questions are designed to gain a deeper sense of a candidate’s childcare philosophy and personal experience working with children and supporting families. It’s an opportunity for the candidate to speak in her own voice and the answers often become a dynamic narrative that augment the linear format of a typical resume.

We look for heartfelt and thoughtful answers that convey wisdom and a genuine love of children.

We’d like to share answers we think particularly exemplify this!

Nanny Andrea H. answered the following two questions:

Describe a specific time when you positively affected the life of a child.

Kindergarten Obst“At the time, I was the part time nanny to a little boy who had just started Kindergarten. He was struggling greatly with the first homework assignment which was to memorize and be able to write his first and last name, home phone number, and address. He had struggled with ADHD, and the parents and I were trying alternatives to medication because he was so young. Sitting down and writing/studying after school was difficult for him, so I devised an alternative plan. I made an obstacle course around the living room and family room with physical movements (running, jumping, somersaults, etc) mixed with stations where he said his phone number, wrote his address on a chalkboard, and spelled his name. We spent the afternoon going around and around the course with me as his coach reminding him of the next step and cheering him on.

When we finished we were jumping up and down and cheering together, and he gave me a double high five and a hug. He told me I was even cooler than his teacher. After a couple days using our new study-course, he was able to say and write his information on his own at school, and was so proud of his achievement!”

Describe a specific difficult situation that you have had with a child and how you handled it.

“The most difficult situation I have had with a child occurred at the park with the 3 year old boy I cared for at the time. He was shy with other children, and usually needed encouragement to play, but that day a little girl really wanted his attention. He was making faces at her and saying “go away.” When the little girl was far enough away I asked him why he didn’t want to play, and emphasized speaking to others with kindness. He told me he didn’t want to play with her because of the color of her skin. Having never heard this kind of talk from him or other children before, I immediately removed both of us from the situation so that the girl and her mother wouldn’t hear or be hurt by what he may say. 

kids playingWhen we got home, we talked about how people’s color of skin, hair, and other physical traits do not determine the kind of a person they are, and that our differences are what make the world interesting and beautiful. I provided some examples and talked about how the sun changes his skin in the summer time. When his mother got home at the end of the day, we had him play while we discussed the day. I let her know gently what had happened, and that I knew his words were not a reflection of anything that they had taught him. It was an emotional and difficult conversation, but a very important one. We then discussed how to move forward together to teach tolerance and appreciation for everyone. 

I planned the rest of the week with a multi-cultural theme, and went to the library to find books for children about acceptance of others, as well as books for me about teaching tolerance to pre-school aged children. We were consistent in talking more about the subject as the months went on, and I am happy to say this was never a problem again.”

Thank you for sharing these with us Andrea. Well done!

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Nannies, Take Good Care!

We know that our Nannies often put the needs of others before their own needs. After all, a Nanny’s profession is centered around the care of others, the children they love, and the family they support. This is good and meaningful work! It is often loads of fun but it can also wear you out! In order to stay strong and happy (and engaged in your job), it’s important to also take the same care for yourself.

The following “55 Gentle Ways To Take Care of Yourself When You’re BUSY BUSY BUSY” is a nice list of practices. My favorites include anything to do with getting enough sleep or rest, exercise and eating well, pursuing creative endeavors, meditating, and being goofy!

This article differentiates between Self-Care, Self-Pampering (Ok!) and Self-Indulgence. Something to think about!

Take what you like and discard won’t doesn’t work for you. Make your own self-care list, do what you can, and don’t beat yourself up for not doing everything on your list.  Lastly, talk to yourself with kindness and care for your own needs the way you would the children you care for!

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Natural Disaster Preparedness

Hurricane Sandy got us to thinking, are our Nannies prepared for a natural disaster in Seattle? We all know that just a few inches of snow can be considered a “disaster” over here, but it’s always good to have a plan of action.

 Regarding Nannies has an excellent post about Nannies, Working and Inclement Weather which has information about Nannys traveling to work in intense weather conditions.

 Best Nanny Newsletter posted about Hurricane Sandy a couple days ago and has some great information on how to prepare for a natural disaster, including must-have emergency supplies from FEMA.

 We are hoping that those on the East Coast are staying safe and hope that all of our friends in Seattle are being thankful for our weather! :)

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