With 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 »
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,
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.”
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!
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!
Childcare 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.
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?
Congratulations 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!!
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 »
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 »