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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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Annie’s Nannies: September Nanny of the Month

Jen Brown Nanny of MonthCongratulations Jen Brown, you are our September Nanny of the Month! Jen has been with Annie’s Nannies since the 90′s!

She has worked in On-Call, Short-Term and Long-Term positions with children of all ages. Lately, Jen has been especially active in our On-Call pool and the positive feedback keeps rolling in! One family gratefully commented, “Jen was fantastic! Our daughter loved her right away…the two of them were busy playing at the table when we left for dinner…she was too busy to even give us a kiss goodbye! I also appreciated that Jen was very comfortable with our crazy crew of animals.” Read more »

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Annie’s Nannies Wins 2013 Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Award!

2013 Red Tri award winner (1)

Annie’s Nannies was chosen by Red Tricycle voters as the best Childcare Agency/Resource in the Seattle area.  We were thrilled and honored to be nominated and chosen. Thank you to everyone who voted!!  Woot!

 

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Annie’s Nannies: August 2013 Nanny of the Month

Kathryn HillmanKathryn Hillman was chosen as August’s Nanny of Month.  Kathryn has been part of our on call pool since early June 2013 and from the get go, we knew she would be an all-star! She presents herself in a professional way and the kids she looks after absolutely adore her!

One of her early clients said “Kathryn was great! She immediately understood that my little one might cry when I left and did what she could to distract her (she would definitely have cried!) She was also very firm with my 7 year old (who later informed me he was not exactly cooperative!) and I was impressed with that.”

 When asked about a favorite funny moment working with kids, Kathryn said: “I was looking for something to prepare for dinner for the kids I was watching the other night, and the 4 year old chimed in and said ‘Well, Mommy lets us have pancakes and chocolate chips sometimes usually a lot of the time. We can have those.’

I replied, ‘Hmm…really? I’m sure. That sounds delicious. Your Mommy is very nice.’
She says, ‘She is, but don’t tell her we ate them.’
Needless to say, we didn’t eat chocolate-chipped-pancakes for dinner this time around.”

Thank-you for all your wonderful work Kathryn! We’re lucky to have you!

 

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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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Connected Centered Discipline Nanny Certification Training Class–CANCELLED

nannyreadingAnnie’s Nannies is excited to bring the Connected Centered Discipline Nanny Certification to Bellevue, WA the weekend of May 18th and 19th.  The program was created from the ground up especially for nannies. It’s built on the concepts of Positive Discipline, a popular and effective step-by-step approach that equips nannies to handle whatever discipline issues that come up with toddlers to teens. The training also teaches nannies how to skillfully navigate the nanny’s role in the family around discipline issues and behavior expectations for the child and offers an exclusive resource library of tip sheets, charts and articles to help nannies easily share the information with their employers.

Save your seat with a $75 deposit! Use promo code “annienanny” and save $25 off
your final invoice.  For more information: click here

***Unfortunately, this class has been cancelled due to low enrollment.  There is an online option. For more information: click here

 

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Annie’s Nannies: March Nanny of the Month!

Congratulations to Dahlia Winans on being chosen as Annie’s Nannies March Nanny of the Month! Dahlia has been described as a 21st century Mary Poppins! One family recently told us, “We LOVE Dahlia!”

Dahlia Winans

When asked to share a funny story about a child, Dahlia told us the following story: “One time a child told me ‘Dahlia, I ran to the bathroom as fast as I could but the poo ran faster than me!’”

Dahlia is creative, compassionate, and brings an excellent sense of humor and fun to her work.

Congratulations Dahlia and thank you for your exceptional work as a Nanny!

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