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February Nanny of the Month – Shoshana Matteson

IMG956428We first met Shoshana in September last year, though she had been working as a nanny in Seattle for over 10 years. Boy, were we excited when she walked through our door!

Growing up as the second eldest of ten children, working with kids has been part and parcel of Shoshana’s whole life. Part of what makes her so special is the dedication she shows to her charges and the way she treats them as if they were part of her own family.

This has not gone unnoticed by the family we placed Shoshana with in November 2014; they recently sent us an email out of the blue telling us how much they love her!

“When we found out that our twins were due to be delivered very early and would have some complex medical needs (home oxygen and feeding issues) we were very anxious about how we were going to find someone to care for them when I returned to work.  Shoshana and your agency have been an absolute blessing. 

Shoshana is one of the most remarkable people I have ever met.  Not only has she expertly managed our girls’ medical needs, which in my mind is above and beyond the standard nanny job description, she has been incredibly flexible and has stepped in on several scheduling emergencies.  On one occasion she stepped in and was at our house at 5:45am on only 10 hours’ notice.  This was on a day that she is not usually scheduled to work but I was called in for a shift in the ICU and my husband was out of town. 

When I returned from work 14 hours later, the girls were sleeping soundly, the house was immaculate, all of the cooking and laundry was completed and these were not even tasks that were in the job description that we had agreed upon!  She replied simply that she wanted me to be able to have a restful night before going to work the next day.  This is only one small example of how extraordinarily kind and hardworking Shoshana is.  Every week she finds some new way to make our lives easier in addition to caring for and loving our little girls.  I always feel a sense of pride when I am meeting with my friends and discussing work life balance/child care because we truly have found a gem.”

With this commendation, we couldn’t not make Shoshana our February Nanny of the Month! Congratulations!

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August Nanny of the Month!

7-14-14 #1This month, the accolade goes to Amanda McNellis!

Amanda has been with Annie’s Nannies since 2012 and has fast become one of our families’ favourites! She is known for her sweet nature and her extensive knowledge of infant and newborn care.  Her full-time family ADORED her and were sad to see her go. A recent on call family said:

“Oh gosh, it could not have been easier, or gone any better! What a lifesaver! I was so relieved to get that day covered as (of course) it was a rare occasion where I could not call in sick, and with such short notice, wow! Amanda was warm, kind, prompt and very thoughtful. She sent us photos throughout the day and updated us on how Ben was doing. Both my husband and myself felt very comfortable with her and would certainly recommend her to any other family in need!”

We asked Amanda to tell us something funny that a child said to her recently, she said: “I remember a 3 year old little boy saying to me recently “you talk too much” when we were playing with his toys, it totally cracked me up! Something cute that a 5 year old little girl said to me was “I like your shiny headband, you look like a princess!” too cute!”

Thank-you Amanda for being a wonderful Nanny to the Annie’s Nannies community! We are so glad to have you!

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Annie’s Nannies 2013 Nanny of the Year!

Amity May 2Our 2013 Nanny of the Year is Amity May! Amity has been a nanny with ANI since 2009 and was our February 2013 Nanny of the Month. She continues to be one of our most popular On-Call nannies (even our own Placement Director Teah requests Amity for her daughter).

When families are emailed a confirmation that Amity will be their nanny, it isn’t uncommon to hear responses like “Awesome, she’s great!” or “That is terrific news!” We at Annie’s Nannies love Amity for her dependability and good humor. We know we can count on her for On-Call jobs, hotel jobs, and events with children of all ages (and personalities)! It’s a privilege to work with a nanny who consistently displays her  dedication to childcare in unique and creative ways. We adore you Amity May!

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Spring Classes at Bellevue College

Teacher-helps-pupil-with--006Nannies, get ready 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 “Adapting the Learning Environment for Young Children with Special Needs,” and will take place on May 3rd and May 17th from 9AM to 3:30PM (both Saturdays).  In this seminar, you will learn strategies to create an environment that facilitates successful learning for a wide range of children with special needs.  “Emphasis will be on how to meet the developmental needs of each child in a very specific way while developing an environment of joy and discovery.”

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(use the link above to apply to the college for a student ID and PIN number; Click on Spring Credit Classes)

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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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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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Nannies, Take Good Care!

We know that our Nannies often put the needs of others before their own needs. After all, a Nanny’s profession is centered around the care of others, the children they love, and the family they support. This is good and meaningful work! It is often loads of fun but it can also wear you out! In order to stay strong and happy (and engaged in your job), it’s important to also take the same care for yourself.

The following “55 Gentle Ways To Take Care of Yourself When You’re BUSY BUSY BUSY” is a nice list of practices. My favorites include anything to do with getting enough sleep or rest, exercise and eating well, pursuing creative endeavors, meditating, and being goofy!

This article differentiates between Self-Care, Self-Pampering (Ok!) and Self-Indulgence. Something to think about!

Take what you like and discard won’t doesn’t work for you. Make your own self-care list, do what you can, and don’t beat yourself up for not doing everything on your list.  Lastly, talk to yourself with kindness and care for your own needs the way you would the children you care for!

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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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Nannies: Driving your car for work? Automobile insurance questions answered here!

Are you curious about how to handle automobile insurance as a nanny driving children? Let us answer your questions by checking out today’s blog about general insurance information!

Automobile insurance provides coverage for family members who cause injury or property damage while driving an automobile. Unfortunately, there are many exclusions and exceptions. A nanny is PROBABLY covered while she is driving the family’s automobile, but to be safe, the family should add the nanny to the policy as an additional insured.

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Local Children’s Poet–Free Performances!

Spring is coming!  What better way to kick off spring than with sharing April’s National Poetry Month with your little ones?  Children’s poetry can be silly and stimulating.  It can help teach children to relate words and feelings more quickly.  Studies show that when children participate in art, it engages their senses and wires the brain for successful learning.  During a child’s early years, this is tremendously important as neural connections are being made at a rapid rate.  Plus poetry is fun! 

In honor of National Poetry Month, King County Libraries will be holding a series of FREE performances by The South Side Dance Force based on the work of local children’s poet Erik Korhel’s new book  The Kid With The Red Juice Mustache and Other Nostalgic Companions with illustrations by Celia Marie Baker.   Read more »

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