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How to ensure a smooth transition for your new Nanny


Special Child Care Services, Nanny SerivcesIt can be stressful to have a new caregiver, both for the child and the parents. Your little one may be very upset that his or her favorite nanny is leaving, or in the case where this is a first nanny, when a parent will not be present all day. Planning ahead can help ensure a smooth transition for your new Nanny and your child.

Allow Time for Adjustment
Your child will be attached to the person who cared for him or her previously, be it a parent or a nanny. Be sure to let your child know why the change is occurring and allow him to feel sad if necessary. In some cases, it is beneficial for the child to stay in contact with their old nanny.

Your child may be able to help find a new nanny by adding his or her input on what characteristics a caregiver should have. Your child can also be involved during the selection process and interviews.

Inform Your Nanny

A new nanny has a lot to learn, so allow for some transition time. Let the new nanny know what your child likes and dislikes and what he used to do with his other nanny. The more information given, the faster the process will go.

Stay Consistent

When a new caregiver enters the picture, you should do everything possible to give her the tools to keep your child on a schedule. Naps and meals should be at the same time every day, following the schedule your child is used to. This includes what is acceptable behavior and any limitations you place on foods, electronics, etc. The overall consistency will help your child feel safe and secure.

Transition Gradually

There’s no need to make the change an abrupt one. Instead, have the new caregiver visit for short periods of time while you or a familiar nanny are there. This will allow your child to get used to the new person and create a bond. It is important that parents show that they trust the nanny when you are all together. This will help your child understand that this is someone to trust.

Infantry, Child Care Serives In NYMake Adjustments as Needed

Children are constantly in flux and this can be confusing for them. If you are only occasionally bringing in the nanny, this can be difficult to adjust to. Instead of doing just three full days of childcare, you might want to change to five days a week, reducing the hours, so your child has a consistent time when their nanny is around. This will depend greatly on your job and how well you can make your schedule work for you. Many nannies will prefer daily jobs, as well.

How to Say Goodbye

Teaching your child to say goodbye to a favorite person for the time being. It can be very difficult for a small child to understand that you are coming back at a specific time. It’s a good idea to say goodbye as a child is heading out to the park or to do something fun. They’ll feel like they are the ones about to have fun rather than being abandoned. You should also let your child know that you are going somewhere and tell him when you will be back again. Don’t drag out the goodbye, even if the child is upset. Make it fast and definite.

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Why You Need A Nanny

Why You Need a Nanny

 Many young women are faced with the decision of whether or not to pursue their career if they have children.

One argument women give in favor of staying home is that the cost of child care is so high, that after paying the nanny, not enough money is left over to make a job worth while.

However, there are counter arguments to this logic.  Even if the cost of a nanny does not leave much over after you are increasing your chances for future success by not leaving the workplace.  If a woman leaves her career for several years, she often returns to start at the lowest rung.  Sometimes many changes and innovations have occurred leaving the returning individual at a significant disadvantage.

There are several ways of cutting the cost of a nanny.  If you only need part time coverage, or if you have only one or 2 children, you may share a nanny with a friend or neighbor.

For women who assume the total care of household management and total care of their children, the assistance offered by a nanny can be a lifesaver.  Often a mom’s schedule involves transporting children to various activities all at the same time.  You may also have young children who would prefer to stay home instead of being taken along to all of your necessary errands.

It can also be  stressful to keep children busy and entertained while attending to other necessary duties.  A helping hand from a nanny or au pair can be very useful.  There is no reason to assume, if you find the right nanny, that your children will not be happy and well cared for.

If you can avoid stress by getting some help, you will enable yourself to  be happier and more relaxed so that both you and your children will be better off.

How A Nanny Changed Our Lives – Find The Perfect One Today!

How a nanny changed our lives!

One of my clients, who is a working mom, called me to request a new nanny.  She had called me several times on prior occasions, and I was always successful in finding a lovely girl for her.

On this occasion she seemed quite overwhelmed.  She needed somebody very intelligent, resourceful, energetic, and she needed her immediately.  She had four children between the ages of 9 and 15.

I found a lovely European girl who was interested in a live in job with older children.  This seemed to be a perfect fit but I did not realize how perfect.  It was a match made in heaven.

She sent the following email to someone and cc’d it to me.

“Our nanny, in her 20’s, entered our home and our lives have changed.The nanny is quite an extraordinary girl who has great discipline and a lot of common sense.  She is a strong role model for the children.”

It was a lengthy letter going into detail about how this young girl changed the dynamics and life style of the whole family.

“This nanny keeps a very healthy diet even if it means eating something different from the rest of the family.  When everybody snacks on ice cream and chips, she eats fruit instead.  As you know,  we are all  somewhat overweight.  The nanny created a game, which was a contest to see who could lose the most weight.  She encouraged the kids to exercise and jog with her. The children seemed eager to improve their appearance and just needed a nudge and a lot of praise.  They wanted to please her!”

“When I saw how the attitude of my children changed about eating and exercise I was shamed into falling into line.  It seems the nanny is a wealth of information about nutrition. On another front, the nanny changed how the kids interact.  They were always fighting and yelling at each other. She taught them to take a breath, wait until they calmed down and then clearly explain why they were upset.  It seemed that most disputes could be settled  when the kids calmed down,  presented their feelings in a logical way and she would mediate. I think Mary Poppins has entered my life.”

God willing, maybe you can find such a nanny for yourself!

Keep An Open Mind When Looking For A Housekeeper or Nanny

I have been running a housekeeper / nanny service for the past 40 years, and because of my qualifications in this field, I believe that I am an expert in finding the best help for people.

The single biggest mistake that people often  make is in the way that they narrow down  the field of possible candidates.

Very often an employer will call me to ask my assistance in finding a housekeeper or nanny for their home and say, “ my last girl was in her 20’s, from Poland and she was great.  Please find me the same thing.”  After further discussion I realize they will allow no latitude.  They do not want anybody younger or older or from any other country of origin.

Conversely, I may get a call saying,” I just had the worst experience.  I had a woman in her 50’s from Trinidad and she was awful.  Don’t send me anybody in that age group and definitely do not send me anybody from Trinidad.”

I certainly can understand somebody’s personal experience in this type of situation, but as someone who has dealt with thousands of employees, I am confident that these people are compromising their chances of finding the best possible worker.

The best applicants can come from anywhere and be of  almost any age.  Preconceived ideas based on limited experiences are simply counterproductive.  I have found the best and worst applicants coming from the same country.

Another suggestion I would make is for am employer to consider an applicant for housekeeping or child-care who has been out of the work force for a while.

Sometimes I interview a woman who has been a mom and homemaker and would now like to do the same type of work and get paid.

If an employer is at home and can monitor the ability of the person they hired, they should consider someone who does not have references in that field but has plenty of personal experience.

If your goal is to find the very best candidate to watch your children or clean your home, you should keep an open mind and make an effort to expand the pool of people from which to choose.

What To Ask When Interviewing A Nanny

Knowing the importance of conducting a proper interview is one of the key things you will need to have so as to find the kind of nanny that can provide you with the care you need for your child. This is true regardless if the prospect nanny comes is referred by a friend, an agency or someone you met in an online community for nannies such as Care.com.

Since a nanny is often hired in a long term basis and in-house,properly interviewing a nanny can help you make the right decision.

The first step that you need to do is do an initial interview over the phone. This way you can get a preliminary assessment on the applicant and decide if its worth setting up an interview in person. In the phone interview, ask about the nanny’s background and experience in child care, her certification and her preferred work schedules. Put in mind though that judging a person through a phone conversation can be tricky so keep the interview conversational and if you like what you hear, schedule the in-person interview.

Make sure to make a list of questions you need to ask such as the nanny’s skills, child care philosophy and history of employment. Also, don’t forget to ask about personal things such as her hobbies and family background. Allow the potential nanny to ask questions as well so you can determine if you can communicate with each other well.

For the interview, you can ask the potential nanny to come to your house. However, if you feel like it is too much inviting someone you barely know at your home for an initial interview, you can conduct the venue at any convenient place you like such as a your local coffee shop or deli. In fact, anywhere will do as long as it is quite enough to talk.

Interviewing the nanny outside your home puts the nanny in a less-intimidating territory and put her at ease. If all is well during the interview, you can then invite the prospect nanny to your home and meet your child

Do not end the interview without asking the following questions:

Where was she last employed? Does she have any official document such as certification papers proving she is a qualified and trained nanny.

Does she have any experience in dealing with children in an emergency scenario? What are here methods in dealing with tantrums? What are here views in child discipline?

What are the usual activities she has in mind for your kid? Is she okay with accompanying your kid to school activities?

Before you say yes and hire the nanny, make sure to do a background check first and determine if the nanny does not have criminal records. These are the things that you need to do before finally letting someone into you home and give full access to your children.

Why You Should Create A Nanny Contract And How To Get Started

Formal contracts are designed to protect all parties who are entering into a service agreement, especially in the event of disputes that might occur after contract documents have been signed. While a nanny contract could be an idea that makes you feel uncomfortable, according to the director of Domestic Workers United, Priscilla Gonzalez, this contract is capable of developing a respectful relationship between you and the nanny you have hired.

A solid nanny contract should talk about things like compensation, duties, responsibilities and vacation time.

1. With a word-processor or typewriter, type the words “Nanny Contract” at the top center of your first page.

2. Enter your name and address and the name, social security number and address of your nanny as well as the name of the charges that your nanny will be caring for.

3. Type the start date of employment and create a section titled “Responsibilities and Duties”. Beneath this heading, write the days and hours that will be worked by the nanny, a description of the related duties, whether these include cleaning, cooking, picking up children from school and activities as well as the nanny’s privileges, such as use of landlines, televisions and home computers.

4. Start a section titled “Compensation and Benefits”. Enter the salary info for your nanny, state whether taxes will be deducted and define how overtime will be compensated. State whether these payments will be issued on a weekly basis or otherwise. Incorporate benefits like paid holidays, sick days, personal days, vacation days and acceptable reasons for time off. State whether your nanny will be going on family vacations, whether health benefits are provided and when reviews are performed. If the nanny will be living with you write out how meals will be handled and if this individual will have his or her phone line.

5. Write down how you want transportation to be handled by the nanny if shuttling your children to activities and school. State whether this person will be added to your car insurance or if it will be necessary for your nanny to use a personal vehicle. If a personal vehicle is used, write down the planned compensation for mileage and whether you will be providing car seats for your kids.

6. Offer detailed instructions on parenting, like the number of hours that children can watch television, appropriate forms of discipline and the safety rules that should be observed.

7. Make statements concerning dealings with newborns and whether or not the nanny’s duties will include care for the newborn and how much compensation will be added in this event.

8. Determine whether this contract is “at will”, which means that you or the nanny will be able to terminate the agreement without the need for notice or whether you want to have a “notice” capacity so that either party will need to provide notice before terminating the agreement and you must additionally supply severance pay. If you have a “notice” contract, you will need to write the amount of severance pay that the nanny will get should notice of termination be supplied by either party.

Learn How To Train A Nanny To Properly Care For Your Child

The need to make sure that your nanny is properly trained in order to know for certain that not only are the basic needs of your child being met, but also that your little one is safe and being stimulated is one that all moms feel.

When is a good time to hire my nanny?

You should hire a nanny as soon as possible given that there is no certainty that the perfect “Mary Poppins” is going to come walking through your door. You will likely have to try out several individuals before you locate one that you trust and who you feel is capable of handling the task of watching your child when you are away.

What features should I look for when choosing a nanny?

You want to hire an honest and reliable person and then train this individual properly. We are often searching for the perfect nanny – a professional who is extremely reliable, willing to work hard and who already knows all that there is to know about taking care of children and who is able to manage all of the duties around the home. All of these things without ever complaining or growing fatigued – This is rarely possible to achieve – instead, try looking for a person who is reliable, honest and willing to learn – then teach them your way of getting things done.

Begin with the very basics, be direct, allow for plenty of questions and give the both of you ample time, this is how to train a nanny.

From the moment that you bring you baby home, encourage your new nanny to spend time with you and your baby. Show your nanny the best way to change the nappy, which creams to apply and when and how often you want to have nappies change, such as when the baby wakes up or in the middle of feeding time. After the nanny has watched this process a few times, allow her to do these things while you watch so that you can offer plenty of guidance.

You can then show your domestic worker how to get the baby down to sleep – again always be direct about the different calming techniques such as swaddling, dummies and rocking.

Last, teach your domestic worker how to feed the baby including timing, quantities and sterilizing – mention how long the baby is allowed to finish the bottle and when he or she will need to be fed. After you feel that the nanny has mastered these basic skills and is capable of doing things your way, spend some time with her in mapping out the normal routine while accounting for time spend feeding the baby, doing household chores, sleeping and play time.

When it comes to housework you might have to lower your standards a bit and should be clear about the different things that you want done on a daily basis like making beds and washing dishes as opposed to activities that would be nice to have done such as polishing the silver of cleaning the windows. It is vital to have a routine established and to explain how important it is for your child to have a routine by acknowledging that the routine will supply the child with a sense of security and will allow your nanny sufficient opportunity to get housework done.

I am just about ready to return to work and have not yet left my baby alone with my nanny, how do I now the nanny will manage?

Give your nanny a chance to get to know your baby and to learn more about the various things that must be done. Begin by allowing her to change the nappy – show her how you want this done and then allow her to complete this task on her own. Slowly begin to add new responsibilities such as sterilizing bottles and feeding and winding the baby. After you are satisfied that she can manage these things. Start popping out with friends to have coffee or go to the shops – without bringing your baby along. Start by leaving when you know the baby is going to be restful or in a pleasant mood and make sure to leave contact numbers so that the nanny can reach out to you if necessary.

Keep in mind that it is vital to give the baby ample time to adjust to the nanny before returning to work so that the baby trusts the nanny and the two are relaxed together.

I have worked very hard to establish a routine for my baby and I want to be certain that the nanny adheres to it.

What should I do?

Create a list of vital activities and times and allow your nanny to follow you throughout the day until she has a clear understanding of how to do these things – show your nanny these activities more than one time and talk about them as you move along. This list should include feed, sleep and wake times.

Create a basic document that can be used as a basic report on the baby’s day such as:

Feed – what time these occur, how much and what, Rest – when and for how long, Play – what, when, where and duration, Nappy changes – when and content details. It is good to encourage observations and comments given that your nanny will spend a large amount of time with your child and will likely be the first to notice changes in your baby such as when bottles are being finished faster and quantities should be increased or when the baby is to have the sleep times adjusted. This way, you will always know how much the baby is eating, sleeping and playing each day and whether or not there are any issues of concern.

Keep in mind that the routines for babies adjust with age, moods and other circumstances that are a lot less predictable, be firm about wanting the nanny to adhere to your routine and ask her to talk with you about any issues so that the routine can be adjusted as necessary, e.g. adjusting sleeping times, introducing solid foods and so forth.

I have hired a wonderful nanny but she isn’t doing it right!

The job can be done in many different ways. Keep in mind that the individual your nanny worked for in the past might have different standards for getting things done. Make sure to go over your instructions and to show how you want things accomplished whenever you can. Write out task lists and always offer feedback – both when things are done correctly and when they need to be improved upon a bit.

While nannies can be very nurturing and sweet, it is vital that they know how to properly stimulate your baby as they begin to grow.

Give your nanny weekly ideas and talk about why the baby should be stimulated. There are tons of interesting books, websites and training courses that can provide ideas for developmental activities that are age-appropriate. Not only will these resources help with the developmental process, but they will give your nanny a challenging change of routine and the chance to do something enjoyable during the day.

I am nervous that she is going to leave my baby to make it through all of her housework and do not want my baby to feel neglected.

Clearly write out your priorities. Your nanny is eager to make you happy and will likely be overwhelmed by the challenge of keeping the house tidy as well as carrying for your little one. It is up to you to establish priorities and to clearly communicate these. For instance, “Please give the baby all of your attention and do all that you can while she sleeps” or “Please tidy the kitchen and make the beds before doing any other house work”

Make sure she knows how to handle an emergency

No home is completely child proofed and accidents can occur. Your nanny should know the dangers of the home and should be able to respond properly in an emergency. Have her complete a First Aid course so that she can address choking, burns, cuts and knows how to stabilise the baby through CPR and mouth to mouth. Keep important numbers next to the telephone including those for mom and dad, fire and poisoning services, ambulance and a reliable neighbor or two, who can assist if necessary.

Keep in mind that your nanny adores your baby and has his or her best interests in mind.

Establish open communication and allow you nanny to share her observations and concerns. Use care when offering constructive criticism as harsh criticism can make the nanny scared of caring for the child when all you really wanted was to have the baby’s nappies changed more frequently.

How To Hire A Nanny

When considering childcare options and what may work best for you and your family, learning how to hire a nanny can show you the many advantages this option offers. One of the biggest advantages is that baby gets to remain in the comforts of home and is not exposed to excessive numbers of viruses and bacteria as are children in daycare.

Having someone care for your children at home also offers convenience. You don’t have to take time off from work to drop off or pick up your child from daycare or when he or she is sick. Plus, your child has the nanny’s undivided attention.

Hiring a nanny does have its downsides. For one, a single-person is not as dependable as center-based daycare. If the nanny is unable to work because of sickness or another reason, you have to find a backup. Secondly, you’ll basically have a non-family member in your home a lot, even around the clock if you choose to have a live-in nanny. In addition, nannies are expensive, which is why only 7 percent of families with infants and toddlers choose nannies as a childcare option.

If you have determined that hiring a nanny for your family is the best option, however, develop a detailed job description, even if you don’t plan on placing an ad. If you have a clear idea on what you want in a candidate, your candidate field will become smaller, narrowing your search. Outline responsibilities such as laundry, housekeeping and grocery shopping, or other chores you may want performed. Remember, however, that chores take time away from your children. Determine hours, regular pay, and overtime pay, if applicable. Do research on typical rates in your area and ask friends and acquaintances for advice on what typical pay scales are in your area.

Other things to consider are how to handle time off. Standard vacation time is generally two weeks for new hires. You will also need to consider whether you will cover the nanny’s health insurance or transportation costs.

Once you have the details in hand, you are ready to screen applicants via phone interviews. During the interview, describe job details and inquire about the nanny’s age, experience, driving record,particularly if chauffeuring or errands are a normal part of the job, salary requirement and why she wants the job. Candidates that you like on the phone interviews can then proceed to an in-person meeting at your home to complete the selection process.

5 Tips On How To Let A Good Nanny Go Gracefully

A time is going to come when you will need to let your nanny go. It might be because the child is going into day-care, you are having a career change, or possibly you might be relocating. Whatever the reason, if the relationship has been a positive one, when you are letting the nanny go you will want to make it as smoothly and painlessly as you possibly can.

Take a look at these five tips to make things go as gracefully and gently as possible.

1. Be Business Like And Honest

Explaining your actions in a thoughtful, professional and complete manner is something you owe to your nanny. You will want to be certain they will have plenty of time to locate another position, and your hope is that the employment relationship ending is going to be just as pleasant as all that went on before it.

Be certain to highlight all the great experiences you have felt and enjoyed during your nanny’s employment, while you are explaining the reasons for your decision. You might also want to offer the nanny some sort of a gift, possibly something that your child has fashioned themselves.

2. Notice

You might need time to make your transition, and your nanny might need time to find a new job. With this in mind, you will definitely want to give them no less than two weeks notice, and if you can do 1-2 months it would even be better. It might be that the notice will be dependent on an agreement made at the start of the employment. If you did have an agreement at the start, be certain to review it carefully before proceeding.

There could be a problem that might arise if the nanny finds employment before the expected date for them to leave. This could be avoided by offering a bonus to the nanny if they remain until the date you would like to see them end. This could work out well for both them and you.

3. Help Your Nanny Locate A New Job

Helping your nanny locate a new position can truly make the whole business work so much more smoothly for all. It might be wise if you start looking for a possible family that may be interested in a nanny even before you let the nanny know what you are going to be doing. You can ask around and secretly put the word out with your friends that you are looking for a family that might be looking for a nanny.

There is little doubt that your nanny will be so appreciative if when you let them know your plans, you can also offer them a positive alternative.


Offering positive references to your nanny will be so beneficial to them in their search for a new position. It just looks so good for them if they can approach a new interview with a letter from you showcasing all the positives they bring to the table. It will also help so much if you tell nanny that you would be happy to take telephone calls from potential employers.

5.Exit Interview

Conducting an exit interview is an important step to take ending the relationship. Before their end date, take the time to sit down and talk.

Your nanny has been an integral part of your child’s growth. You will want to get their perspective of the child, and also you will want to know how you can be a better employer.

Your nanny will want to know from you what they might do better in the future. Sharing both positives and negatives in a kind way will be of great benefit to them moving forward.

Just be certain that if you did in fact have an agreement in place when the relationship began, you have taken the time to carefully reread it.

Nanny’s First Day

A nanny first day is always exciting. The nanny will be ready to take care of children and make new relationships. Of course, her first day can be a little stressful too. She will not know her daily routine yet, and it may take a little while for the children to bond with her. The nanny can also be anxious about not meeting the parent’s expectations.

To help make your nanny’s first day a success, follow these steps:

1.Take Care of the Paperwork

It is important that all of the nanny care paperwork and documentation be filled out correctly. It is always best to get this taken care of at the beginning of the nanny’s day.

The nanny should begin by filling out Immigration Form I-9, You can find this form at the website of the U.S Immigration and Citizenship services. The nanny will need a passport or another form to show proof of being legally able to work in the United States.

The nanny should also fill out a W-4 Form for tax withholding. This form can be found on the Internal Revenue Service Website. If the parents decide to hire a payroll company, they can give it to the parents as well.

A nanny should also sign an employment agreement that states the nanny’s responsibilities, wages, schedule, taxes, and anything else that is important. If possible, have the nanny review the contract before her first day of work to make sure that there are no concerns that need to be resolved.

2. Give the Nanny a Tour
Once the paperwork is done, a tour should be next on the list of things to do.

On the tour, the nanny should be given keys to home and learn how to set the alarm if there is one. The parents should show the nanny how to use appliances in the house like the microwave, washing machine, oven, and dryer. The nanny should also learn where the food and bottle are if any of the children are still being bottle-fed.

The nanny should also see other rooms of the house like the children’s rooms. The parents should show the nanny what the children’s favorite toys are and any potential problems like dangerous stairwells or locations where cleaning chemicals are being stored.

3. Give Out Emergency Contact Information
You should prepare a form in advance that has all of the emergency numbers and contact information for your nanny. It should explain how to get in touch with nearby relatives and have the children’s pediatrician’s information listed. Put this form in the office or kitchen and have a copy for the nanny to keep in her vehicle if she is going to be driving the children anywhere.

4. Introductions
If the nanny has not met your children yet, this is the time to introduce them. You want the meeting to be natural, so have it in one of your children’s favorite play areas. Young children often have stranger anxiety, so do not be alarmed if it takes them a little bit of time to get used to their new caregiver.