Nicole has been active in our On-Call pool since the beginning of 2012 and has also been placed in numerous part-time positions. One family Nicole has worked consistently with says, “Nicole is absolutely wonderful. She has such a positive personality and attitude about everything. The kids absolutely enjoy her and can’t wait until she returns. We feel very lucky to have Nicole in our lives.” Read more »
Shannon Peters is our May Nanny of the Month! Shannon has been working with Annie’s Nannies for a little over nine years and is one of our most beloved On-Call nannies. Many families comment on her kindness and warmth, as well as the feeling of ease they feel whenever Shannon watches their children. One family commented the first time they had Shannon, “She was great. She was calm, let us know when she had questions, and managed our kids’ varied needs beautifully.”
When asked to recall a funny encounter with a child, Shannon remembered the following conversation with a young girl:
Girl: “When are you coming to play again?”
Shannon: “Maybe the next time your parents go out to dinner.”
Girl: “Ok, I will tell them to go to dinner tomorrow.”
We don’t know what we’d do without you, Shannon!
Congratulations to Kristine Bragg, Annie’s Nannies April Nanny of the Month! Kristine joined Annie’s Nannies temp team in February. Kristine Bragg is a nanny with varied experience and has a history of teaching and working with kids of all ages. She earned her BS in Sport Science at WWU. She enjoys the outdoors, hiking and photography. More recently Kristine spent a year in Argentina teaching English.
Recently Kristine had this funny interaction with a 6 year old girl: “This doll is Princess Aurora and this one is Prince Phillip. It’s time for them to get married, but I can’t watch them kissing so you can do the ceremony while I close my eyes!”
Congrats to Kristine and thanks for all you do!!
Our 2013 Nanny of the Year is Amity May! Amity has been a nanny with ANI since 2009 and was our February 2013 Nanny of the Month. She continues to be one of our most popular On-Call nannies (even our own Placement Director Teah requests Amity for her daughter).
When families are emailed a confirmation that Amity will be their nanny, it isn’t uncommon to hear responses like “Awesome, she’s great!” or “That is terrific news!” We at Annie’s Nannies love Amity for her dependability and good humor. We know we can count on her for On-Call jobs, hotel jobs, and events with children of all ages (and personalities)! It’s a privilege to work with a nanny who consistently displays her dedication to childcare in unique and creative ways. We adore you Amity May!
Nannies, get ready to register for Spring Quarter Early Childhood Education Classes at Bellevue College! All courses can count for STARS training. The Spring Quarter Seminar is titled “Adapting the Learning Environment for Young Children with Special Needs,” and will take place on May 3rd and May 17th from 9AM to 3:30PM (both Saturdays). In this seminar, you will learn strategies to create an environment that facilitates successful learning for a wide range of children with special needs. “Emphasis will be on how to meet the developmental needs of each child in a very specific way while developing an environment of joy and discovery.”
(use the link above to apply to the college for a student ID and PIN number; Click on Spring Credit Classes)
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 »
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:
Nannies, get ready to register for Winter Quarter Early Childhood Education Classes at Bellevue College! All courses can count for STARS training. The Winter Quarter Seminar is titled “Technology Tools in the ECE Classroom,” and will take place on March 1st and March 15th from 9AM to 3:30PM (both Saturdays). In this seminar, you will be introduced to technology tools available to early childhood teachers. You will learn how to use these tools to supplement instruction, communicate with parents, and assess learning. You only need basic computer skills for this class. Don’t worry if you’re not a technology pro!
Congratulations 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.
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.
“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.
When 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!