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Legal Side of Employing a Nanny

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This e-guide outlines the legal and tax issues associated with being a nanny employer. It’s not meant to substitute for professional legal or tax advice but it does give you a great overview of the issues you need to be aware of.

If you’d like more information or are interested in having a nanny tax specialist handle all your tax issues, check out Breedlove and Associates or HomeWork Solutions. Both are great companies, provide exceptional customer service and offer free consultations.

You are LEGALLY REQUIRED to:

1. Verify your nanny is legally PERMITTED TO WORK in the US.

2. Pay MINIMUM WAGE to your nanny, live-in or live-out, full-time, part-time or temporary, in every state. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25. If your state has a higher minimum wage, you must pay the higher wage. Click here to check on your state’s wage.

And yes, all the employers that are paying $5 an hour are breaking the law. If their nanny ever decides to report them, those employers will be paying all the unpaid regular and overtime wages, their nanny’s portion of Social Security and Medicare taxes on those wages, past payroll taxes, fines and penalties. For a more in-depth discussion on low nanny wages, check out Do Low Nanny Wages Mean Low Quality Care?

3. Pay OVERTIME, time and a half, to ALL live-out nannies and to live-in nannies working in California, Maryland, New Jersey and New York. Each state has a different threshold for OT hours so make sure you check on yours.

4. Pay EMPLOYER PAYROLL TAXES on your nanny’s gross wages. It averages out to be about 9 to 11% and includes Social Security, Medicare, federal unemployment, state unemployment and sometimes other state or local taxes. (If you’re paying a nanny less than $1,700 a year, check out the special rules here.)

5. WITHHOLD your nanny’s portion of Social Security and Medicare. If you don’t withhold these taxes in a timely manner, generally with every check, you’ll end up paying these taxes yourself, not your nanny. You don’t have to withhold federal or state taxes although most employers do.

6. Provide your nanny with a W-2 at the end of the year.

7. Carry WORKER’S COMPENSATION insurance in some states. Even if it’s not required, it’s a really good idea.

8. Pay your nanny the current IRS MILEAGE RATE for use of her car on the job.

Legally you CANNOT:

1. Claim your nanny is an INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR. It’s been tried by many and is consistently rejected by the IRS. She’s a household employee.

2. Get around employment laws by creating a SEPARATE AGREEMENT WITH YOUR NANNY. It doesn’t matter what your nanny agrees to, the law overrides any individual agreement you may have.

3. Claim your nanny as an EMPLOYEE OF YOUR COMPANY. She may allow you to go to work and run your company, but she’s still a household employee.

Be smart and:

1. Check with a nanny tax expert about laws that may apply to YOUR PARTICULAR county, city or state.

2. Create a detailed NANNY CONTRACT before your nanny begins work. This will help you create a successful, long term nanny/family relationship and detail your COMPLIANCE with employment laws. The A to Z Nanny Contract is the best in the business. Guaranteed. (Disclaimer, I developed it).

3. Get a TAX BREAK by using your Dependent Care Account, Dependent Care Tax Credit, Health Insurance Tax Credit, or non-taxable types of compensation.

4. Make sure your nanny adds a BUSINESS USE RIDER to her auto insurance policy if she uses her car for work. In many states, her personal policy won’t cover an accident on the job and you could be held liable.

I hope this quick list was helpful. I’d love to hear your comments

When Your Job Description Keeps Growing

Job creep, wtalk about moneyhen your employer keeps adding tasks to your job description, is one of the biggest challenges you can face as a nanny. You want to help, you want to do a great job, you want to pitch in but you also don’t want to feel taken advantage of. How do you find the right balance? How do you set healthy boundaries without upsetting your employers?

Job creep happens for lots of reasons.

The phrase job creep may sound new to many who are not well versed with nanny industry.  It is used to describe the additional responsibility f nannies which may come as a surprise that was not mentioned in the agreement. As per the industry rules, a nanny is only responsible for child care and not for any other chores.  The link describes more about their responsibilities Learn more about the Bitcoin TraderSometimes your employer asks you for a favor, part of the give and take of the nanny employment relationship, and then it somehow becomes an unspoken expectation rather than a one time deal. Does that mean your employer is out to take advantage of you? Not usually. It’s often the curse of the “no problem!” nanny response. When you make things seem incredibly easy and have a positive, pitch-in attitude, it’s easy for your employers to assume that it really is no big deal and that you really don’t mind taking it on. That doesn’t mean you suddenly have to become a hard core “I’m not going to do anything outside my contract” nanny to avoid job creep. 

Sometimes your employer asks you for a favor, part of the give and take of the nanny employment relationship, and then it somehow becomes an unspoken expectation rather than a one time deal. Does that mean your employer is out to take advantage of you? Not usually. It’s often the curse of the “no problem!” nanny response. When you make things seem incredibly easy and have a positive, pitch-in attitude, it’s easy for your employers to assume that it really is no big deal and that you really don’t mind taking it on. That doesn’t mean you suddenly have to become a hard core “I’m not going to do anything outside my contract” nanny to avoid job creep. That willingness to help out and your ability to get things done with (seemingly) little effort is a big part of being a successful nanny. It just means you have to be more honest and clear about your boundaries. Chances are your employer never thought that the favor she asked was going to turn into a problem. When it does, it’s up to you to help things get back on track.

Sometimes your employer does know he’s asking you to do things that are clearly outside the agreed on job description. That doesn’t automatically make him a jerk. We all have a tendency to push the envelope when we’re swamped, stressed or just need to catch a break. It’s often a lot easier for an employer to act like he’s not asking for anything out of the ordinary rather than admit he needs extra help and wants you to step up and pitch in. Asking for what we need in an open way is hard for all of us.

Sometimes your employer is piling things on because she’s unhappy with you for an unrelated reason. Rather than talk with you about it directly, she uses this tactic to manipulate you and make herself feel better. Yes, this is as dysfunctional as it sounds but it often happens when the employment relationship is in a downward, destructive spiral.

So what’s a nanny to do? Have a talk with your employers.

In the first two cases, when your employer is asking for things outside of your job description but doesn’t have any malicious motivation, it’s simply a matter of setting boundaries. Boundaries are something that will come up again and again in your employment relationship so now’s as good a time as any to figure it all out. Here’s a breakdown of what that conversation might look like. BTW, If your situation falls into the third case, if there’s a much bigger issue between you and your employer, that’s a different kind of conversation and a different post.

Nanny: Dan, I wanted to talk with you about the extra household things I’ve been doing over the past few weeks. First, I want you to know that it’s always a priority for me to pitch in and help out where I can. I feel that’s part of my job and I’m happy to do it. However, I also want to make sure that we have boundaries in place so both you and I are on the same page about our agreed upon job description. I know you’ve been swamped at work with that case going to trial and like I said, I’ve been happy to stay caught up on the family laundry, do the grocery shopping and make a few family meals during the week. However it’s starting to feel less like I’m pitching in for the short term and more like it’s an ongoing part of my job. If things are going to go back to normal in a week or so, no worries. If my job description is changing over the long term, I’d like to set up a time for us to talk about how that can work for both of us.

Let’s dissect that statement. There are important key pieces that should be part of your conversation.

Dan, I wanted to talk with you about the extra household things I’ve been doing over the past few weeks.

Focus the conversation on the issue, not on the behavior.

First, I want you to know that it’s always a priority for me to pitch in and help out where I can. I feel that’s part of my job and I’m happy to do it.

Let your employer know that you’re a team player and you genuinely want to help and support him.

However, I also want to make sure that we have boundaries in place so both you and I are on the same page about our agreed upon job description.

However is the best transition word EVER! State your need. Use team building language to send the message that you and your employer are in this together. It’s not you against them.

I know you’ve been swamped at work with that case going to trial and like I said, I’ve been happy to stay caught up on the family laundry, do the grocery shopping and make a few family meals during the week.

Let your employer know you understand the reasons behind the job creep. (Your intention, tone and body language here will make or break the conversation.) Detail what exactly you’re talking about in neutral language.

However it’s starting to feel less like I’m pitching in for the short term and more like it’s an ongoing part of my job.

Let your employer know how you’re feeling without blaming him.

If things are going to go back to normal in a week or so, no worries. If my job description is changing over the long term, I’d like to set up a time for us to talk about how that can work for both of us.

Give him a choice as to how he wants to move forward. If things will go back to normal within a set time frame, let him know this is non-issue. You’re setting your boundary here. If things are truly changing, let him know you need to sit down and have a more detailed conversation about how that will be handled. You’re not agreeing to a change, you’re agreeing to talk about a change.

If you’re facing job creep in your job, I hope this helps you successfully navigate the issue with your employer.

Looking for an information packed session designed to help you in your role as a childcare professional in a private home?  Check out my new series, the Professional Nanny Training Series.

Lora Brawley

Nanny care expert specializing in helping parents and nannies effectively navigate the hiring / job search process and develop long-term, successful employment relationships. Creator of the A to Z Nanny Contract and National Nanny Training Day.. Also a communications trainer, Positive Discipline Parent Educator and Mediator.

Nannies and Guaranteed Hours: What’s the Deal?

Guaranteed hours are one of the most confusing aspects of employing a nanny. At first glance, the idea doesn’t make much sense. Why would you pay a nanny for hours she doesn’t work? Well, there are good reasons and hopefully this article will shed some light on them.

 

 

So what are guaranteed hours exactly?

When a family provides a nanny with guaranteed hours it means that if the family chooses not use the nanny during her regularly scheduled hours, she’ll be paid for those hours anyway. So if Mom comes home at lunch to spend time with the kids before she leaves on a business trip and she lets the nanny go home early, the nanny will still be paid for those afternoon hours. If the parents leave early Friday morning to get a jump start on a long weekend at the mountains, the nanny will still be paid for the full day. If the whole family goes on vacation for a week in the summer, the nanny will be paid for the full week.

If the nanny decides to take time off (assuming she doesn’t have paid vacation time or sick days available), the family isn’t required to pay her for that time. So if the nanny takes the afternoon off to attend a special event, the family isn’t required to pay her for those hours. If the nanny calls in sick after using all her paid sick days, the family isn’t required to pay her for that day. If Grandma has the kids for the morning and the nanny is given the option of organizing the kid’s playroom or taking the morning off and she decides to take the morning off, the family isn’t required to pay her for that time.

The bottomline is if the family decides they don’t need the nanny to work, she’s paid for the time anyway. If the nanny decides she can’t or doesn’t want to work, she’s not paid for the time.

 

Am I legally required to provde guaranteed hours?

No, providing guaranteed hours isn’t legally required. However it is a standard benefit in the industry. Employers that don’t offer guaranteed hours will be passed over by most experienced nannies who require this guarantee as part of their standard benefit package. Families that do find a nanny willing to work without this guarantee, usually a caregiver new to the industry, often run into trouble within the employment relationship over this issue. (I’ll talk more about why that is below.)

 

Why should I pay my nanny when she doesn’t work?

Your nanny relies on a regular paycheck to meet her financial obligations and goals. That means she needs to receive her full pay every week of the year. If she’s docked pay when you come home early or go away, it impacts her in a real world way. For some nannies, losing even a day’s pay means they won’t be able to make their car payment or cover their rent. For those nannies that do have a savings cushion, it’s still difficult to stay on track when they don’t know when or how often their paycheck will be less than expected.

I often hear the argument that other hourly wage earners aren’t paid when they don’t work so why should nannies be. It’s true, this isn’t a benefit that’s offered in any other industry. However in other industries, full-time workers are guaranteed the opportunity to work full-time hours. The boss at Home Depot doesn’t decide to close the store on Friday morning so he can enjoy a long weekend at the shore. The bank manger doesn’t close the bank early on a sunny afternoon so he can take his child to the zoo. The customer service center doesn’t close down for a week so the boss can go to Hawaii for spring break. In other industries full-time hourly workers can rely on a regular paycheck. It’s the unique nature of the nanny care industry that makes guaranteed hours a needed benefit for caregivers.

But what about part-time nannies? Right now, guaranteed hours for part-time nannies isn’t a standard benefit. However more and more families are offering this guarantee to ensure their part-time nanny is available to work when they need her to. If your part-time caregiver can’t count on a set number of hours from you, she’ll move on to a family that’s more reliable.

Some employers feel guaranteed hours are an unfair thing to ask for. If you’re in that camp and the above reasons haven’t swayed you, think of your nanny strictly in childcare terms. If your child was enrolled in a day care, family care center, or preschool and you picked him up early or went away on vacation, you’d still have to pay your full invoice. They don’t give you a discount for the time your child isn’t actually there. You’re paying for availability, not for the actual time childcare is provided. Nanny care works the same way.

 

Can I exchange pay now for hours worked at a later date?

Banking hours is one of those ideas that seems like a good comprise in theory but ends up not working well in the real world. The problem is your nanny has to make up the hours she owes you by working early mornings, late nights, or weekends in addition to her normal schedule. And although intellectually she knows you’ve paid her for that time previously, emotionally she feels she’s getting the short end of the stick. After all, it wasn’t her choice to miss work. She was ready and willing to come in. You just didn’t need her. And those banked hours take a big chunk out of her off time. To make up one 10 hour day, she might have to work 2 or 3 Saturday nights. Those are nights she has to give up her much needed down time or additional babysitting income. It doesn’t take long for her to become resentful.

Also banking hours is illegal. Your nanny must be paid for every hour she works and paid within the pay period she works the hours in. So you can’t pay her in December for hours she’ll actually work in January. Doing that opens you up to a claim for unpaid wages.

 

Can I ask her to do other things while we’re gone?

Yes, some families ask their nanny to catch up on bigger tasks like organizing the play room, rotating the seasonal clothes, or school shopping during their time away. You can ask your nanny to do anything that’s included in your nanny contract. However it’s out of bounds to ask her to tackle tasks outside of her job description like cleaning out the garage, power washing the house, or waxing the floors. (And yes, sadly those are real examples!)

While you can fill your nanny’s time with additional tasks, I encourage you to think about simply giving her the extra paid time off. It’s a gesture that goes a long way in the give and take of a successful employment relationship.

 

Hopefully this article has given you a better understanding of guaranteed hours. If you’re looking for a nanny contract that covers this and over 80 other issues, check out the A to Z Nanny Contract. It’s the best in the business…guaranteed.

 

Lora Brawley

Nanny care expert specializing in helping parents and nannies effectively navigate the hiring / job search process and develop long-term, successful employment relationships. Creator of the A to Z Nanny Contract and National Nanny Training Day.. Also a communications trainer, Positive Discipline Parent Educator and Mediator.

HomeWork Solutions

I’ve been referring clients to Homework Solutions for years because they offer popular service plan choices, competitive pricing and top notch customer service. They are also very active in the nanny community and support quality care in many real world ways. If you’re looking for a partner to help you with your nanny taxes, check them out. Say you were referred by Lora Brawley or Nanny Biz Reviews and get a free initial tax account set up: a $100 value! You don’t need to register for any of their paid services to take advantage of this great offer. That package includes

a free phone consultation where you can get ALL your nanny tax questions answered by experts.
a free payroll analysis that will tell you what your tax obligation and your nanny’s payroll deductions will be.
free registration with taxing authorities to establish employer accounts. This means you don’t have to wade through a lot of confusing tax paperwork.
free New Hire Reporting, a legal requirement of all U.S. employers. Another paperwork hassle you don’t have to deal with.

Apart from above solution homework solutions is a renowned brand for paying nannies and senior caretakers, since 1993 they are in the field of household payroll services. You can spend time with your family and the homework solution will take all the hassle of paying your nanny and pay your taxes as well. Crypto CFD Trader will give you the full review of the homework solutions. 

Disclosure: I recently joined their referral program but that isn’t the reason I recommend them. I turn down more referral programs than I join by a long shot. I recommend Homework Solutions because they’re one of only two full service tax companies that I trust enough to send my clients to.
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National Nanny Training Day Event List Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Nanny Biz Reviews is proud to be the creator and coordinator of National Nanny Training Day. (Check out the post that started it all.) The 2012 event brought together over 1,300 nannies from cities across the United States and Canada. The 2013 events are already being planned and the nationwide initiative has lots of great surprises in store.

Surprises are meant to secret but here we are giving a small glimpse of it to give you the feel, at the end of the program like any other institute we will be providing you the certificate but the plus factor is we give 100% job placements. is it a scam link will give you few more details about the nanny training program. 

Our certification program covers 

  • CPR and first aid certification – this is the most important of all, as many families will not consider your candidature if you are not CPR certified.  
  • Water safety certification – this certification is important especially if you are working for a family who enjoys beaches, swimming pool etc. 
  • Infant care- taking care of a newborn is not so easy for that one needs training. 
  • Nanny basic skills – under this you get trained for child safety, nutrition, pediatric care etc.   
  • Drivers license- you will also teach you driving and assist you to obtain a license, it is important for a nanny to know driving for an emergency. 

If you’d like to plan an event in your area, check out the organizer’s information page.

Arizona
Phoenix
A Caring Nanny
Tucson
Trusting Connections
California
Los Angeles
The Help Company  
Westside Nannies  
Palo Alto
Town + Country Resources  
 
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Networking Nannies
San Francisco
Stanford Park Nannies  
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Town + Country Resources
Westside Nannies
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Denver
ABC Nannies  
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Florida
Miami
  Sitter Central Miami
 
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Atlanta
Metro Atlanta Nannies
A Friend of the Family
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A+ Nannies of Atlanta
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Illinois
Chicago
First Class Care
 
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  Cambridge Nanny Group
Massachusetts
Boston
Massachusetts Alliance of Professional Nannies
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 Detroit
   Michigan Professional
Nanny Association
Missouri
St. Louis
TLC for Kids
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Las Vegas
Nannies and Housekeepers USA  
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Albany
A New England Nanny  
NYC
Beth Lehman, nanny
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  The Help Company  
 North Carolina
 Durham
 Triangle Area Nanny Group
Ohio
Solon
Alexandria School
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Philadelphia
Nannypalooza.com
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Austin
Mom’s Best Friend  
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Mom’s Best Friend  
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  Morningside Nannies
Washington
Seattle
Northwest Nanny Association
Washington, DC
Association of DC Area Nannies, ADCAN

Connection-Centered Discipline Nanny Certification the path to better behavior from kids and a more collaborative relationship with parents

I’m so excited to introduce a project I’ve been working on for a while: the Connection-Centered Discipline Nanny Certification. This training was created from the ground up especially for nannies. As a 22 year nanny veteran, I know the unique challenges nannies face when dealing with discipline issues. As a Positive Discipline Parent Educator, communications trainer and mediator, I can help you successfully meet those challenges, effectively incorporate the Positive Discipline approach into your daily work and enlist the support of your employers.

The Connection-Centered Discipline program is built on the concepts of Positive Discipline, an internationally recognized approach that hpositive disciplineas hundreds of thousands of fans. It’s used in homes, churches, and schools around the world with kids from toddlers to teens. And there are over 30 published Positive Discipline books dedicated to every age group, family situation and unique challenge including children with special needs, Why? Because it works for reasons that we can feel good about. It focuses on connection, cooperation, respect, kindness, and encouragement. But it does so without being permissive or indulgent. It’s the perfect balance between Kumbaya and “It’s my way or the highway!” parenting.

 

Are you in the right place in your career for this training?

If you’re new to Positive Discipline, this training will teach you an effective step-by-step approach that will equip you to handle whatever discipline issues come up.

If you’re currently using Positive Discipline, this training will deepen your understanding and practice of the approach and give you fresh ideas on how to handle challenging behaviors and ages and stages transitions.

Discipline becomes a matter of concern when mom is out of sight, and it is never so easy to play a bad cop with a kid. This training will help you to set the rules for a kid and make them follow the rules, this training is specially designed to tackle those situations when you tend to lose your cool, the training will teach you no yelling, no spanking concepts. This Suggested Web page will tell you more about our training.

This certification also includes in-depth training on creating a collaborative, mutually supportive relationship with your employers. You’ll learn proven nanny / family team building strategies and have access to parent tip sheets exclusively designed for and available through this program.

So wherever you are in your career, this training will help you move to the next level.

 

Who should attend? Nannies who want to…

become more skilled at identifying and working with the “why” behind challenging behaviors in order to make long-term and lasting changes in kids’ attitudes and group of nanniesactions.

learn successful strategies for defusing sibling rivalry and ways to teach kids real world problem solving skills.

master the art of encouragement, focusing on effort and improvement, and let go of the habit of empty praise.

understand how to ground discipline decisions in the three aspects of respect: the adult respecting the child, the adult respecting herself, and the adult respecting the needs of situation.

become more intentional and purposeful in their words, actions and reactions.

make themselves more valuable and marketable in today’s super competitive job market.

 

The Connection-Centered Discipline Nanny Certification program includes:

• exclusive training program designed especially for nannies

• local 2 day weekend intensive or 8 week online course with a 2 hour class each week

• interactive format filled with experiential activities and large and small group discussions

• one-on-one assessment and coaching session at the end of the program

• Nanny Certification

• 1 year membership in private SMART Discipline discussion and practice groupSMART Discipline Nanny Certification

• training manual

• resource library filled with downloadable tip sheets to share with parents

• webpage dedicated to telling to parents why having a Connection-Centered Discipline Certified Nanny is valuable to their family

• audio training on how to translate your new certification into a higher salary during your job search or yearly performance evaluation

 

Schedule

Saturdays from 9 to 11 AM Pacific time / noon to 2 PM Eastern time, February 16th – April 6th, 2013

Sundays from 1 to 3 PM Pacific time / 4 to 6 PM Eastern time, February 17th – April 14th, 2013 (no class April 7th due to Easter)

ATTENTION: This is an interactive class so to provide for the best learning experience, participants must attend 6 of the 8 live classes and watch the recording of any class missed.

 

Connection Centered Discipline Nanny Certification $295

$75 non-refundable deposit required at the time of registration
note: if the class doesn’t reach a minimum enrollment, your full deposit will be refunded

• space is limited so register early

• full balance is due 3 weeks before class start daterefer a friend

• register before December 25th and receive $50 off your final payment

• refer a friend to a scheduled session and receive $25 off your final payment plus your friend will also receive $25 off her final payment

• attendees of the online class can attend a future in-person class for only $75

Encourage your employer to pay for your training! Click here for a tip sheet to share.

Nanny Rights and Responsibilities

FACT: Training and education of caregivers is one of the most important factors associated with the quality of the child care they provide. This is especially true of caregivers who are not associated with a professional organization like NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children).

Take a minute to really think about that. It’s pretty amazing that investing a couple of hours a few times each year can have such a powerful effect on how well a nanny does her job. It’s also pretty amazing, in a shameful way, that we as an industry haven’t demanded that basic and ongoing training be a requirement for working as a nanny. We’re the only segment of the greater childcare industry that hasn’t stepped up and set standards for our caregivers.

The ongoing conversation about domestic workers rights keeps bringing me back to the idea that yes, we have rights but we also have responsibilities. We should expect fair and legal treatment from employers but they should expect us to put in the time and effort it takes to be a quality provider. I can almost hear the chorus of “You can’t teach a person to love a child!” out there. And of course that’s true. But we’re not getting paid to love a child. We’re getting paid to provide quality childcare. And yes, there is a difference. Ask any nanny who’s left a job and had to explain to a child that although she won’t be taking care of her anymore, she will love her forever.

It a natural instinct of a person to love a child whom she takes care of! But nannies responsibility is not restricted to taking care of a child but also to help the new mother in her household chores, and other home organizing activities. The nannies responsibility changes with the age of a child. Bitcoin Society App tells you more about a nannies responsibility.

So while we’re out there fighting for our rights, let’s start accepting our responsibilities. Agencies, start requiring the nannies you place to have a solid childcare knowledge foundation and start offering and requiring regular ongoing training. Online sites, start educating parents that training is a critical part of the qualifications puzzle and start offering training opportunities. Organizations, both nanny and domestic worker, start offering trainings in formats that support and help your particular members. And please don’t use language, education level, time, or cost as a reason not to do it. In every state across the country caregivers working in other settings, from every ethnic background, with a wide variety of written and verbal skills, who are busy and can’t afford a whole lot, are taking training. If they can do it, we can too. Parents, start hiring nannies that have passed a basic childcare training course and are committed to continuing education. Then invest $100 or $150 a year to pay for it. Nannies, get trained. Attend classes through your local nanny agency, resource and referral agency, community college, favorite online site, conference, whatever. Just do it. We can’t keep proclaiming we’re committed to children or demanding to be viewed as professionals or raging against unfair treatment if we’re not willing to step up and do our part.

Remember training doesn’t have to be at a college level or take months to complete or be really expensive. Two classes on a Saturday morning with a fun and engaging trainer and other caregivers who really understand what’s it’s like to be a nanny can make a big difference.

To support this goal, I’m organizing a National Nanny Training Day. It will be an annual event on the last day (Saturday) of NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child. This year’s that’s April 28th, 2012. My goal is to get businesses, support groups and individuals to come together and plan a training event open to all in-home caregivers in their local communities or regional areas. By working together we’ll increase the visibility of the event, make new connections in our local areas and promote quality nanny care and the important role training plays in the big picture. This ties in perfectly with The Week of the Young Child’s purpose to “focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.” WOYC already draws national media attention so this a great event and organization to hitch our wagon to.

Don’t know about The Week of the Young Child? It’s is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world’s largest early childhood education association, with nearly 80,000 members and a network of over 300 local, state, and regional Affiliates.

NAEYC first established the Week of the Young Child in 1971, recognizing that the early childhood years lay the foundation for children’s success in school and later life. The Week of the Young Child is a time to plan how we – as citizens of a community, of a state, and of a nation – will better meet the needs of all young children and their families.

If you want to be involved with an event, please let me know. The official planning won’t start until after the first of the year but it REALLY helps when I know what cities are in. I’ve created a new facebook group and email list to get us connected.

As always, if you have any questions please email me. I’m excited about this new project and I think it can lead to some great things.

Please help me spread the word by sharing this posts with other that might be interested. Thanks!

SPARK Award Sponsoring APNA Agencies

Select agency members of APNA, the Association of Premier Nanny Agencies, have come together to sponsor the 2013 SPARK Awards for Excellence in Nanny Care. Their generous support has made these awards possible. Each of the sponsoring agencies promote excellence in nanny care every day through their placement services. If you’re a parent or nanny looking for a premier agency, I encourage you to check them out. Or stop by their facebook page and say thanks for sponsoring the SPARK Awards!

For those who do not have much idea about APNA agency, let s introduce them, they are the premier nanny agency in the country. APNA was established in 1993 since then they are the top company for nanny placement and hose hold staffing services.  They are dedicated to their services, they treat their remembers as a building block of the agency and honors them for their repute. with the continuous change in the industry, APNA has also updated itself to meet the industry needs. They are the most honest and ethical business partner to work with.  APNA has its presence all over the country in almost all the states. Today every mother of a child looks for APNA agency nanny because of their dedication and unique way to handle all the child issues and problems. To more about APNA agency nanny care click on Crypto CFD Trader, this will help you to understand more about them. 

A Caring Nanny
Scottsdale, AZ
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A Choice Nanny
Columbia, MD
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A Friend of the Family
Atlanta, GA
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A New England Nanny
Clifton Park, NY
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ABC Nannies
Denver, CO
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Annie’s Nannies
Seattle, WA
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Aunt Ann’s In-House Staffing
San Francisco, CA
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Choose the Right Nanny
McKinney, TX
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First Class Care
Chicago, IL
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Mom’s Best Friend ~ Austin
Austin, TX
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Mom’s Best Friend ~ Dallas
Dallas, TX
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Morningside Nannies
Houston, TX
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Nannies and Housekeepers USA
Las Vegas, NV
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Stanford Park Nannies
Menlo Park, CA
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Town + Country Resources ~ San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
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Town + Country Resources ~ Palo Alto
Palo Alto, CA
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Westside Nannies ~ Beverly Hills
Beverly Hill, CA
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Westside Nannies ~ San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
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White House Nannies
Bethesda, MD
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nominate a nanny for the SPARK Award

To nominate a nanny for the SPARK Award, just complete the short form below. The nominated nanny will receive an email letting her know she’s been nominated and inviting her to complete the nominee submission form and submit the necessary supporting materials. Click here view the eligibility requirements.

Anyone from employer, friends or family can send the nomination of a nanny to the spark award. for sending the nomination the nanny must be currently working as a nanny, she can becare giver, child care specialist or a governess. To get selected for the award she should be achiever who has enriched children living with her care. One can send a nomination for an experienced nanny to new nanny. The only criteria to get selected for the award is she should be extraordinary at her work and should have a positive and encouraging attitude. The nanny will be selected by online voting and selection committee. The winner nanny will be honored at local nanny training center.  The winner will get gifts and cash prize. I repeat again anyone can nominate a nanny including the nanny herself, the only thing you have to do is just fill in the online nomination form with all the details before the last date of submission of the form. let us not forget how much hard work a nanny does to bring up a child. She does an equal hard work like a mother, so we must appreciate their work and honor them. Click on Crypto VIP Club to learn more about the award.   

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Introducing the SPARK Awards for Excellence in Nanny Care

Last year while working on National Nanny Training Day, I was struck by how many amazing people we have in our industry and how little recognition they receive. I feel so lucky to work in a field where I’m surrounded by nannies who give their all to the kids they love and care for each and every day. Who personify lofty ideas like passion, commitment, creativity, life-long learning, devotion, professionalism and service. Who teach, support, play, encourage, hug, soothe, laugh, explore and love for a living. I think those nannies deserve recognition and appreciation (along with some great gifts!) so I’ve created the SPARK Award for Excellence in Nanny Care. Along with honoring the dedication and hard-work of nannies, the SPARK Award celebrates the diversity found in today’s nanny workforce and showcases what quality nanny care looks like in the real world.

So what criteria are nannies judged on? Of course the most important part of being an excellent nanny is providing excellent childcare so that’s at the top of the criteria list. In addition, there are characteristics that all successful nannies share and SPARK outlines those things. A nanny with SPARK:

has a Service-minded or “How can I help?” outlook.

acts in a Professional way.

has a positive Attitude about her job and her role as a nanny.

is Resourceful and knows where to go for information, ideas and support.

is Knowledgeable and understands how to foster a child’s healthy development.

We all know one-size-doesn’t-fit-all in the nanny world so there are two award categories, Enthusiastic Newcomer and Seasoned Veteran. The Enthusiastic Newcomer is for caregivers who’ve worked as a nanny for 2 or more years. The Seasoned Veteran is for nannies who’ve been doing it for 10 plus years.

Anyone can nominate a nanny and you can nominate as many nannies as you want. (I know I couldn’t choose just one!) All you have to do is answer a few quick questions to get the ball rolling. Just click here to nominate someone right now.

Nominees will complete a short online application, submit reference letters and a 2 to 10 minute video. The process is quick, easy and painless. OK, for those of you like me that don’t like being on camera it might be a little painful but you can do it!

The winners will be chosen through a combination of online voting and a selection committee. Yep, your vote helps pick the winners. You’ll have the chance to watch each nominee’s video and vote for your favorite nanny through the Nanny Biz Reviews’ facebook page. Are you already trying to figure out how you’ll choose just one nanny? Don’t worry. You get 5 votes.

At the close of the voting period, the two nominees in each category with the most votes will become finalists. The selection committee will choose a third “wild card” finalist in each category.

The vote tally for each nominee will be converted into a score which will count for 50% of the nominee’s total score. Each member of the selection committee will score each nominee and those committee scores will count for the other 50% of the nominee’s total score. The nominee with the highest total score in each category will be the winner.

Whew! That’s a lot of math but the winners will really represent the diversity and the collective voice of the nanny community.

The winners of the 2013 SPARK Awards for Excellence In Nanny Care will be honored at their local National Nanny Training Day event on Saturday, April 20th, 2013. Each SPARK Award winner will receive a gift package including a cash prize. I’ll be stalking businesses, ahem…I mean graciously asking businesses over the next several months for prize contributions so I can’t tell you exactly what the prizes will be right now. But I promise the winners will be happy and the rest of us will be jealous.

Like most other things, this project wouldn’t be able to happen without a sponsor. Select APNA agencies have generously come together to be the collective sponsor. They see the great work nannies do every day and are excited about being part of the SPARK Awards. They were my first (and only!) sponsorship call because their commitment to exceptional client service and quality nanny care is the perfect companion to the mission of the SPARK Awards. You’ll be hearing more about each agency throughout the year but take a look at the complete list here.

For all the details on the SPARK Award, please visit Nanny Biz Reviews. I’ll need your help to spread the word and make the dream of honoring nannies in a real way becomes a reality.

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