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Annie’s Nannies is Moving to West Seattle!

By: Diane Duthweiler

(September, 2014) –– Seattle’s pioneering household-staffing agency Annie’s Nannies will open its new office on West Seattle’s California Avenue October 6th. The 30-year-old company needs room to grow. “We’ve been ‘space-challenged’ for a while now,” laughs COO Teah Achman. “West Seattle is a good fit for the business and our staff. We’re all excited about the new office and new neighborhood.”

“I started this business in my bedroom with $1,500 and a phone. Since then, we’ve found top jobs for thousands of people, but it’s been a roller coaster ride of ups and downs with the economy,” recalls founder Annie Davis who runs the company with daughter Suzanne Royer-McCone. Royer-McCone adds, “A business like ours must change constantly to keep up with the marketplace. We’re incredibly proud of our longevity―30 years of our wonderful staff making Seattle area families’ lives easier and finding the perfect jobs for our nannies!”

Annie’s Nannies is moving from its current office in Ballard where it has been for the past 14 years. But Davis’ ties to the community are deep, and she plans to remain active with the Ballard Chamber of Commerce where she is currently a board member and program chair.

New Location:
6041 California Ave. SW, Suite 105
Seattle, WA 98136
Ph:  206-784-8462

 Founded in 1984 and the Northwest’s longest-serving household staffing agency, Annie’s Nannies, Incorporated (ANI) provides child care/family assistants, elder companions and other personal employees. ANI is a 2009 Mayor’s Small Business Award winner and the first Seattle small business to pay a $15 minimum wage. Davis is past-president of the National Association of Premier Nanny Agencies, A Household Staffing Alliance (APNA) – a non-profit that helps set industry standards across the nation.

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So my Nanny is on Facebook…

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Social Media Series, Part 1:

The line between professional and private life has been blurred with the introduction (and mass-usage) of Social Media sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Sharing information has become the norm, but when the topic is your family and children, where should you draw the line?

A quick search of #nannying on Twitter brings up lots of photos of nannies with children. Worryingly, many have identifying information about the location and even the names and schools of the children.  Others state the family’s location, have photos of their house, the nanny’s wage, and descriptions of their brand new home theatre system! These details could be putting your children in danger, not to mention making your house a target for burglars!  Most nannies are not being malicious or doing anything intentionally, most of us frankly just don’t think about how social media can pose problems.

So what do you do about it? Setting the boundaries early prevents any miscommunication. Companies have Social Media agreements, and so can families! A blanket ban is the solution for many families, but there are other options. If you are okay with your nanny posting online, have them agree (at the minimum) to locking down their profile, turning off location services, refrain from posting where they are located and to avoid using the children’s full names.

For more information on this topic, see the following links:

 

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Back to School Blues

back-school-03-afWith school starting up again, there are a few simple yet significant tips to help ease children out of summer mode and into school mode.Whether they are starting school for the first time or returning, these suggestions will enable parents, teachers, and caregivers to have an easier transition. Read more »

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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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National Nanny Training Day Seattle!

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Sponsored by Annie’s Nannies, Inc.

Last year was the first annual National Nanny Training Day (NNTD), and it brought together over 1,300 nannies nationwide to participate in training/workshops and networking. In Seattle we had 48 attendees and hope to have many more in 2013! The event in Seattle is hosted by Northwest Nanny Association and sponsored by Annie’s Nannies, Inc. Take a look at the fun we had last year, and please come join us!

Registration is now open!

When: Saturday, April 20th 8:30am-4pm
Where: Sunset Hill Community Center in Ballard
Cost: $30/pp (includes lunch)
Agenda Highlights: Sleep Smarts for Nannies, Love & Logic, and a panel about Career Next Steps!

Seattle NNTD April 2012

Seattle NNTD April 2012

Group session

Group session

Nanny Kim raffle winner!

Nanny Kim raffle winner!

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Guidelines for Interviewing a Nanny or Childcare Provider

.northwestnanny..MediumChildcare decisions can be daunting, whether you are a working parent needing full-time care, or a stay-at-home mom looking for babysitters and backup help.   Once you’ve made the decision as to the type of care, the first step is to interview the care provider.   What you would ask a nanny versus a daycare may be different, but there are some core questions you should always ask.
*REMEMBER: When choosing a childcare provider, your decision should come primarily from “gut-instinct” – not resumes and credentials.

Sample Questions:
1. Tell us about your childcare experience.
2. Why are you pursuing this work OR why did you originally choose this work?
3. Tell me about your experience with children age _________? (your children’s ages)
4. What is your philosophy about child development?  (Talk about your parenting philosophy)
5. What is your discipline style? (Talk about your discipline style)
6. Describe a typical day with children age____ (your children’s ages).  What kind of activities do you like to do?
7. Describe a difficult situation that you have had with a child and how you handled it.
8. What is your idea of a nutritious meal/snack?
9. What lessons did you learn from your parents about life?  What strengths did you gather from them?
10. What are your fondest childhood memories?

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Annie’s Nannies: January Nanny of the Month

8089239798_c703b6ee97_mCongratulations to Lisa Eeckhoudt on being chosen Annie’s Nannies January Nanny of the Month!  Lisa has been a professional nanny/family assistant for over 10 years.  She has worked for her current family for almost 6 years, and they had this to say about her: “Lisa has been a loving, stimulating, and attentive caregiver for our three children.  She transitions seamlessly between her roles as caregiver, household manager, and administrative assistant while always maintaining her professionalism. Our respect for Lisa has only grown over the years — she is integral to our family and we love having her here with us!”

When asked about something funny a child recently told her Lisa had this to say: “Driving home from preschool, this was said “I think the windshield wipers are hurting the feelings of the raindrops”.”

Congratulations Lisa and thank you for all you do!!

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Creating a Nanny Resume

Working as a nanny should mean never having to do paperwork! Unfortunately, that is not the case when looking for a new nanny position. Your resume represents your work history, your professionalism, and in some cases may make the difference between receiving an interview and not.   Here are several helpful tips for creating a good resume: Read more »

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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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