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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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Winter Classes at Bellevue College

7-technology-tools-every-teacher-should-useNannies, 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!

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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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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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Spring Classes at Bellevue College

autism1Nannies, it is already time 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 “Understanding Children with Autism,” and will take place on May 4th and May 18th from 9AM to 3:30PM (both Saturdays). In this seminar, you will be presented with a general overview of Autism Spectrum disorder, including the causes of autism, characteristics and behaviors to watch for, and why early intervention is essential.

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Highlighted Seattle Nanny Jobs

Fantastic 3 day Nanny/Family Assistant opportunity on Mercer Island –Job #3707
If you love being with 2 happy, high energy toddler and preschooler boys, then this great ANI family of 4 is perfect for you!  The schedule is for 33 hours a week,  Tuesdays and Thursdays and the 3rd day could be a Wednesday or Friday.  The perfect nanny will be that great combination of fun and firm, and be a self starter willing to pitch in with light household chores for the family.  This family offers a top compensation package for the perfect candidate.  The position is available immediately.  

 

 

 

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Annie’s Nannies: December Nanny of the Month

Tonya Andrews is Annie’s Nannies’ December Nanny of the Month!  Tonya has been an ANI On-Call Nanny for over two years and is requested back by so many of our families.  Tonya also teaches theater and Shakespeare workshops to children ages 4 to 18!

One parent recently remarked, “I can’t imagine a harder assignment than to step in on an emergency basis to help out with a family you don’t know!  But Tonya did a great job.  She was punctual, helpful and great with the kids.  She seemed very calm and mature.  Lastly, she was attentive and quick to learn.”

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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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Interviewing Tip for Seattle Nannies

When interviewing with a family, keep in mind that it is an opportunity to see if you feel comfortable and compatible with them. Feel free to ask them many questions and get a sense of their parenting philosphy and discipline style. These things can really make the difference in a position working out long term. Remember you are not the only one being interviewed!!

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