Category: Childcare

Tips for Preparing Kids for a New Babysitter

Congrats! You’ve hired a new babysitter. You feel like you’ve won the lottery, and you’re already dreaming of future date nights. You’re nervous about walking out the door that first time and leaving the sitter in charge, but you know she’s bright, fun, and more than capable. Your kids might not be so sure, though. If you’re anything like me, it can be easy to focus on emergency numbers and pantry items and forget to take time to get the kiddos settled with the new face in the house. My presc...

Posted on May 21, 2015 at 5:00 AM by Jenny Rowland

4 steps to finding the perfect nanny

In today's economy, many households have two working parents. That's where a nanny comes in. But hiring a nanny to care for your little one can be an intimidating process. As a former nanny and the founder of nanny agency Olive.You.Nanny, I suggest these tips for finding the perfect nanny.

Step 1: Getting Started with Interviewing

When you’re armed with a clear understanding of how the interview process works, things can be MUCH easier.

Reach out to potential candidates to sch...

Posted on January 18, 2015 at 8:00 AM by Sarah Davis

Finding the Right Child Care Center

As a parent/guardian your number one goal is to protect and enrich your child. We’re constantly tasked with ways of enhancing that experience, and for those of us with the Internet at our fingertips – we know there is endless amounts of contradictory information.

Let’s get one thing straight, there’s no such thing as one size fits all when it comes to any part of your parenting experience. You always have to make decisions about what’s best for your family and meets your needs. However, th...

Posted on December 05, 2014 at 7:30 AM by Jackie Kardesh

How to Find and Keep Your Rock Star Nanny!

As a Placement Provider for Olive.You.Nanny, I am constantly putting the puzzle pieces together to find compatible matches for families and nannies. I have found there to be some key questions that need to be asked during the interview process to ensure a happy and compatible match is made for both the nanny and family involved. If you can find someone who naturally aligns with your parenting style, family values, and worldview while clicking personality wise, then you are on a good path to n...

Posted on September 03, 2014 at 7:30 AM by Sarah Davis

10 Tips to Successfully Find a Summer Nanny

With school out for the summer many families will struggle to manage the summer chaos, especially with kids at home all day. For many parents hiring a nanny seems like the best approach but it can be time consuming to find just the right person. Following are my 10 tips to make your search for a summer nanny a bit easier.

1.     Plan Ahead – Try not to wait until the last minute as many summer nannies are looking for jobs that start as soon as possible.

2.     Create a job description –...

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 9:00 AM by Erin Krex

What to Ask in a Nanny Interview

There is a lot to consider when hiring a nanny. Interviewing, screening and selecting potential nanny candidates can be a daunting task, but it is an important part of finding a nanny that is a good fit with your family.

Try to use open-ended questions that will prompt for informative answers, such as questions starting with: What? When? Why? How? Where? Or tell me about… This will avoid getting Yes and No answers.

1.     Experience and Background: Look for a nanny who has experien...

Posted on November 20, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Katie Lewis

What to Ask When You Are Choosing a Childcare Center

You’ve just confirmed you’re pregnant and can’t wait to share the good news. Who should you call first? Your parents? Best friend?

Nope.  If you’re considering group care after your maternity leave is over, the first people you should call are your local childcare providers.

My best advice is to start early, do your research and have a plan B (and C and D!). When I give a tour, I like to ask (but can usually tell) if it’s anyone’s first tour. That overwhelmed look when I say the wo...

Posted on October 30, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Kids Work

Important Questions to Ask When Choosing a Child Care Center

You’ve just confirmed you’re pregnant and can’t wait to share the good news. Who should you call first? Your parents? Best friend?Nope.  If you’re considering group care after your maternity leave is over, the first people you should call are your local child care providers.

In this fantastic, family-friendly city, getting ahead of the game is essential to ensuring a smooth transition from maternity leave to group care. The last thing you’ll want to do with those precious last few week...

Posted on October 10, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Kids Work

A Day in the Life of an Infant at Day Care

Truth:Taking your infant to day care for the very first time is going to be way harder on you than it is on them, but it is still a big family transition.

More Truth: While you are toiling away in the working world, your baby is going to be living the life, playing with new fun toys, painting beautiful works of art, and listening to her friends and teachers sing songs.

Don’t believe it? Let’s do a little comparison of your average working day versus your baby’s time spent at Kids’ ...

Posted on July 31, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Kids Work

So You've Found the Perfect Nanny: Now What?

Congratulations! Your search is over, and you’ve found your perfect Mary Poppins! So why aren’t things going smoothly? Relax; there’s a transition that needs to happen, and you may encounter some speed bumps along the way.

Wouldn’t it be glorious if your child instantly warmed up to her new nanny? In real life, we want our children to have a healthy wariness of new people. To your child, your new nanny is teetering on the brink of stranger-hood. Having a new caregiver spending many hou...

Posted on June 28, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Jessica Minahan