What Do You Love About Your Nanny Agency?

The Responsibilities of Nanny Referral AgenciesBy Annie Davis, Agency Owner, former President of APNAWhen discussing issues of privacy for nannies we must include privacy and confidentiality of nanny placement agencies. A diligent nanny employment agency will ask for sensitive private information from prospective nannies so that a thorough search of the candidates can be conducted. […]

Do the Parents Respect Your Privacy?

Parent/Employer Checklist Yesterday we discussed how important it is for nannies to respect their employer’s privacy. Today we list the privacy issues parents who employ nannies should consider. 1. Respect fair hiring practices and laws. Do not ask the nanny about their religion, race, sexual preference, and so on. 2. Provide private sleeping quarters for […]

Have You Signed a Confidentiality Agreement?

Nanny Confidentiality Checklist Whether you have signed a confidentiality agreement with your employers or not, an important characteristic that separates a professional nanny from a mere babysitter is that a professional nanny respects the private family issues of their employers. The next time you feel like complaining to your friends (and the friends of your employers) about your employer’s family life consider our nanny […]

What Type of Thermometer Do You Use With Your Charges?

Products Nannies Love: Behind the Ear and Pacifier Thermometers Do you know anyone that still uses the manual, mercury-filled thermometers anymore? In these modern times most parents and nannies use digital thermometers. There are rectal thermometers, oral thermometers, ear (tympanic) thermometers, under arm thermometers, and thermometers that can take a temperature by on a forehead […]

Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young Shelton

Great Children’s Book for Black History Month Each Saturday this month we have reviewed great books for Black History Month. Paula Young Shelton, daughter of Civil Rights activist Andrew Young, recalls what it was like growing up during the Civil Rights Movement in her book “Child of the Civil Rights Movement.” Paula grew up in […]

Have You Heard of National Nanny Training Day?

Saturday April 28, 2012 On April 28th, 2012, nanny-related businesses, support groups and individuals will come together and hold a training event for the in-home caregivers in their local communities. This is taking place across the U.S. and Canada (31 cities and still growing). National Nanny Training Day falls on the last day of Week […]

What Do You Do to Build Trust Between Your Parent Employers and Yourself?

Attachment: An Important Part of Your Job We have been discussing how important it is for nannies and au pairs to make attachments with the children in their care. We explained how daily routines are essential to forming attachments with kids. But an in-home caregiver’s attachment with their parent employers is equally important. The most […]

Routines are Essential to Building Attachments Between Nannies and Children

Attachment: An Important Part of Your Nanny Job Children thrive in predictable environments, where mealtimes, nap times, separating from their parents, and toileting are dealt with consistently. Daily routines include greeting children in the morning, how the parents leave for work in the morning, how you serve their breakfast, how the kids get dressed, to doing homework, […]

Attachment: An Important Part of Your Job

How To Build a Bond with New Charges In our country, shared care is a way of life and how secure a child feels with their nanny is essential. When a child feels secure and cared for by his caregiver, it helps both the caregiver and child in so many ways. The child has an […]

Do You Have President’s Day Off as a Paid Holiday?

President’s Day Activities Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12th in 1809. President’s Day, which is celebrated on the 3rd Monday in February, honors Lincoln and Washington. We recommend nannies and au pairs try share some of the following activities with their young charges in honor of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. George Washington is infamous for telling […]