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Summertime in Seattle

Greenlake-Seattle-Q: Can you provide me with a list of fun and educational places that families (and nannies) can take their children to around the Seattle area? Now that the weather is starting to cooperate, I would love to get out and about more.

A: Yes! Field trips aren’t just for school groups with a teacher and 20-30 children. Many places around Seattle offer learning experiences for individual families and/or smaller groups as well. Parent Map has put together a great list of 10 “Do-It-Yourself” field trip locations including The Burke Museum, the Museum of History & Industry, and even Theo Chocolate Factory in Fremont. Descriptions include helpful pricing information as well!

Another great resource I found for families and nannies is the YMCA of Greater Seattle’s blog. It offers 15 fantastic (almost ALL outdoor!) locations around (but not limited to) Seattle. Five of the recommendations were just added to the list last year, ensuring us that the information is current and relevant. Some are old favorites- but places you might not have thought about for a while- and others are tucked away in places with names you may not recognize.

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April’s Nanny of the Month is…

FB_IMG_1430406175947….Jasmine Giles! We’ve worked with Jasmine since 2012 placing her in long-term, short-term, and on-call positions. She is an all around sweetheart and we are happy to have her on our team.  Her newest long-term family says she’s already part of the family!

When asked something funny a child recently said to her, Jasmine had this to say:

“We are teaching  the 2.5 year old I nanny to blow on her food to cool it down  if it’s hot. The meal came out and she said “Jazzy make sure you blow first” After I did to cool down her food she said, “Good job Jazzy!” I love how she is learning and told me good job like I always tell her!”

Congratulations Jasmine and Thank you!

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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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Summer and Fall Classes – Bellevue College








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)


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 for an advising appointment, and possible advising by email.


  • 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 or email for information  or call 425-564-2674 “Like” us on FACEBOOK:

View the class schedule for the academic year: Click on “See Projected Annual Course Offerings”:

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Positive Discipline Classes at Bellevue College

Bellevue College is now offering a series of Positive Discipline Classes, both for parents of children 12 and under and for parents of teens. Positive Parenting is the parenting approach recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and one way to learn about this style of parenting is through Positive Discipline. In this series, parents will learn what positive parenting is and how to use this approach with their child or teen. All classes are two hours long and take place on Saturdays in April and May.

Choose from the following classes depending on your need:
Introduction to Positive Parenting for Parents of Children 12 and Under – Series I
Positive Parenting Tools for Parents of Children 12 and Under – Series II
Introduction to Positive Parenting for Parents of Teens – Series I
Positive Parenting Tools for Parents of Teens – Series II

Register Here!

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Annie’s Nannies February Nanny of the Month

Genessa CAttention, nanny community! We are tickled pink to announce our February Nanny of the Month, Genessa Cielo! Genessa is currently placed with an ANI family and does occasional On-Call work as well.

Her regular family had these kind words to say: “Genessa is a wonderful nanny.  All of Genessa’s actions with our child are done with love, patience, and understanding. She is conscientious, trustworthy, and responsible.  Our daughter looks forward to her arrival each day.”

Our On-Call families don’t hesitate to share her praises either! One family commented, “Genessa has worked out really well. She is very competent, knowledgeable (how to handle a 3 year old and expectations for a 3 year old), confident, and outgoing. [Our son] has really taken to her.”

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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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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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Gardening with Kids!

As the weather starts to change, it’s not too early to think about getting a vegetable garden started for the summer!  This is a great activity to share with children of all ages.  It teaches them about where their food comes from, and also about taking responsibility and learning to care for something.  Whether you sow seeds indoors or outdoors, or opt for buying plant starts, it’s fun to monitor their progress along the way and watch your garden grow!

There are several resources available specifically tailored towards gardening with young one’s, here are a couple of places to start: Read more »

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