The Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (also known as “ObamaCare”), is the major buzz in every industry right now. But, how will this affect the Nanny industry? We’ve collected some great articles from industry publications,and included some links to different informative sites for both families and nannies.
The arrival of the Pumpkin-Spice Latte means only one thing in the Annie’s Nannies office, it’s Fall again in Seattle. Before the weather starts freezing little (and big) toes, we like to take the chance to spend some time outdoors – enjoying the crunch of leaves on the ground and the sight of hundreds of orange pumpkins in a field.
1. Get Lost In A Corn Maze
One of the most entertaining fall family activities is getting lost in a corn maze! Our friends at Red Tricycle have put together this handy list of 10 corn mazes in the Seattle area. A great, inexpensive day out with the kids that guarantees a good night sleep! Your family doesn’t need much to have fun here – just a pair of gumboots and a sense of direction.
Our Top Pick: Carleton Farm! – Check out all the extra fun activities!
Ever wonder how Annie’s Nannies got started? Or how we choose our nannies? City Living reporter Jessica Davis recently wrote an article on all things Annie’s Nannies: our beginnings, who our clients are, who we are, and our process. Read the article here.
If you have any questions or comments, we’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!
She has worked in On-Call, Short-Term and Long-Term positions with children of all ages. Lately, Jen has been especially active in our On-Call pool and the positive feedback keeps rolling in! One family gratefully commented, “Jen was fantastic! Our daughter loved her right away…the two of them were busy playing at the table when we left for dinner…she was too busy to even give us a kiss goodbye! I also appreciated that Jen was very comfortable with our crazy crew of animals.” Read more »
Our President/Placement Director extraordinaire Suzanne was recently interviewed by Care.com and asked “Why it’s Great to Be a Seattle Nanny” – Read the article here.
Why do you think Seattle is a great place to be a nanny? Let us know in the comments section below or on our Facebook page.
Annie’s Nannies was chosen by Red Tricycle voters as the best Childcare Agency/Resource in the Seattle area. We were thrilled and honored to be nominated and chosen. Thank you to everyone who voted!! Woot!
Kathryn Hillman was chosen as August’s Nanny of Month. Kathryn has been part of our on call pool since early June 2013 and from the get go, we knew she would be an all-star! She presents herself in a professional way and the kids she looks after absolutely adore her!
One of her early clients said “Kathryn was great! She immediately understood that my little one might cry when I left and did what she could to distract her (she would definitely have cried!) She was also very firm with my 7 year old (who later informed me he was not exactly cooperative!) and I was impressed with that.”
When asked about a favorite funny moment working with kids, Kathryn said: “I was looking for something to prepare for dinner for the kids I was watching the other night, and the 4 year old chimed in and said ‘Well, Mommy lets us have pancakes and chocolate chips sometimes usually a lot of the time. We can have those.’
I replied, ‘Hmm…really? I’m sure. That sounds delicious. Your Mommy is very nice.’
She says, ‘She is, but don’t tell her we ate them.’
Needless to say, we didn’t eat chocolate-chipped-pancakes for dinner this time around.”
Thank-you for all your wonderful work Kathryn! We’re lucky to have you!
Our July Nanny of the Month is Alyssa Gilbert! Alyssa joined our On-Call pool in June of 2012 and has also been working consistently for an ANI family part-time since December. This family says, “Alyssa has been wonderful. She is punctual, reliable, so helpful, and great with the kids. Thanks so much for finding her – she is amazing!” A regular On-Call family Alyssa works with commented early on that “Alyssa was wonderful – a real life-saver this past week. We would like for her to be at the top of our babysitting list!”
When asked to recall something funny a child said to her, Alyssa remembered when a boy she cares for asked her if she was a teenager. When she answered no, he asked her if she was an adult. When she replied yes, he told her that she doesn’t look like one! Alyssa says, “That made my day!”
We often get this question, especially with the recovering economy and many families having to be extremely cost-conscious. However, paying too low of a salary to a nanny could result in high nanny turnover and/or low quality providers. During your child’s early years, the quality of care is very important for their overall development. Many families choose to make high quality childcare a priority for these first years, sacrificing in other areas, knowing that once the child enters school childcare costs should lessen.
So, what should you consider when coming up with a fair wage?
- Hours: Full time is considered 40 hours+/week; Part time is anything under 30 hours/week. Keep in mind, part time nannies are harder to find and therefore tend to get paid a premium. Also, anything over 40 hours per week is technically overtime by law.
- Job duties: Will the job be childcare focused or will it include additional duties? Generally more duties equals more dollars.
- Number and ages of children: How many children and their ages will play a role. Good infant care is hard to find and we have been experiencing a “baby boom” in the Seattle area in the past 5 years. Good infant nannies tend to get paid a premium.
- Nanny’s Experience: how much experience a nanny has, education or other child development training, diversity of experience, etc.
- Market Value: Amazingly enough, experience is not always “queen.” Sometimes things like personality, life-goals, and other characteristics make one nanny more marketable than another.
In the current Seattle/Eastside market, we see most professional nannies earning $16-$18/hour (sometimes more) for full time positions, and $18-$20/hour for part time positions. Keep in mind these are GROSS wages. When you hire a nanny you are becoming their employer and you will be responsible for withholding taxes. A great tax resource is Breedlove & Associates, and they have a wonderful payroll calculator online that can help you with budgeting:
In terms of “benefits”, there are no requirements, but rather industry standards. Most professional nannies expect their hourly rate to be guaranteed, even if the family doesn’t need her (i.e. a “salary” that she can rely on). Guaranteeing your nanny’s pay can go a long way towards loyalty and flexibility. Most full time nannies receive 2 weeks of paid vacation per year, 3-5 sick days, and all major holidays off paid. Most part time nannies receive a guarantee of hours and paid holidays.
Remember to always keep in mind that a nanny is caring for your greatest asset-your children! If you treat your nanny well and professionally then you have a higher likelihood that she will be committed and happy in her position with you and will give your children the highest quality care.
Jasmine has been working consistently in our On-Call pool since last September. She has worked with children of all ages and many families have such positive things to say about her. One parent says, “She is our top choice!” Another family told us how wonderful it was to come home when Jasmine was their nanny and hear their sons’ laughter from outside the house. Lastly, one happy mom raved, “We just LOVED Jasmine. [My girls] took to her right away! She arrived enthusiastic for the job and we will definitely request her again.” Read more »