Saturday, May 9, 2015

Available Jobs of the Week

Dear Nanny Candidates,

We are entering the busy season as so many families are lining up to hire new nannies. The demand is exceeding supply of nannies. We are eager to post some of our latest jobs and invite interested candidates to respond by emailing about interest in any of the positions.  Recruitment is our focus and we are looking for extremely experienced, dedicated professionals with passion for working with children in a home setting. 

Top Jobs of the Week

1. Dual Career Doctors in Beacon Hill Seek a full-time live-out Nanny JUNE
Their darling infant will be 3 months at the start date. The hours will be
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 7:45 am-6:30pm and Wednesdays 6am-5:30.
Fridays will be off.

They seek a very experienced, caring, reliable, responsible, dependable applicant with a sincere interest in being part of the growth and development of their child. Also important would be an effective communicator and experience with or training in early childhood development. Nanny should also be somewhat flexible as they are dual career doctor. Nanny will be treated with much respect and become a family member.

Responsibilities include daily care of baby, feedings, meal prep, changing of diapers, bath, nap schedule, developmentally appropriate and engaging play. These parents are not fans of TV or screen time and want the children to be actively engaged. 

The salary is $20-$22 an hour commensurate with experience. This is a super lovely family looking for  GREAT and a long term commitment. Nanny does not need a car. there are no pets.

2. Brookline- Full-time LO nanny needed for darling 3 month old boy. Start ASAP
Hours are M-F 8-6:00, sometimes 6:30

They seek an extremely experienced nanny with much infant and toddler experience. They also want a nanny who understands early childhood development, is engaging, caring, loving, proactive, safetly conscious and capable of coming up with appropriate outings and activities. Communication skills are also key as is passion for working with children.

Responsibilities include daily basic care routines, walks, to parks, read, play, and other appropriate baby activities. Also responsible for naps, food prep, baby laundry and keeping his areas picked up and clean

Salary is 18-22 and commensurate with experience. Nanny does not need a car. They are thinking of getting a dog in the future.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Sorry for the Radio Silence

So sorry for the radio silence. We are back on the blog reaching out to nannies and families with the message that we are very much here and very much involved in continuing the tradition of placing passionate, experienced and highly dedicated professional nannies with kind, caring and respectful families with great job descriptions and reasonable expectations.

We are excited about the upcoming busy season and are blessed with the most incredibly qualified and wonderful professional nannies and great families. Now, more than ever is a time that the highest standards must be upheld as more and more people are turning to careers as nannies with the proper background, training or experience. It takes more than "love of children" to work as a nanny. We are so proud of the nannies we have placed through the years. We are also so pleased with the pool of current nannies we are working with. As a pioneer agency established in 1984 we are in it for the long term and know just how important our work is.

We will be posting many more posts and are excited about what we do, who we work with and the future of the in-home childcare movement. Nannies, thanks for all that you do and give.

Here's to a great season!!!


Marsha Epstein
American Nanny Company, Inc.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Dreaded Transition- Changing Nannies- What's a Parent to do?

For many families the transitioning of nannies is anxiety-provoking and complicated. It is inevitable that children (and parents) will become incredibly bonded to their caregivers and therefore experience an array of emotions as the dreaded departure date  approaches.  While many parents seek out long-term relationships with a nanny they are probably not anticipating just how painful the ending of a five, six, seven or even eight relationship can be.

One parent's reaction to the news that her nanny of five years would be leaving, "I felt like I was losing a limb."  This mother was  panic-stricken and concerned about the reality of finding a replacement half as valuable and half as perfect a fit for her family. Her question  "What shall I tell the children and when?" followed as I could sense the strain in her voice. She is not alone.

We at American Nanny Company, Inc.  are often asked for tips/suggestions on best ways of managing the transition for the children and the steps parents might take in easing the change.

  •  TIMING IS EVERYTHING-  Assess when it is best and how to break the news to your children. Take into consideration the departure date, the nanny's reason for leaving and the ages and temperaments of your children. Some parents even consult their pediatricians for advice on when and how to share the news.  It is best to give your children enough time to process the the upcoming transition  and to learn about the plan in place. 
  •  ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND UNDERSTANDING OF THEIR FEELINGS/EMOTIONS IS CRITICAL-  Now is the time to encourage the expression of feelings and to let your child know that he/she can always talk about their feelings with you and your partner. Acknowledge the attachment/bond they have experienced with their nanny and let them know how it is normal/ok to be sad.  You might want to add that your nanny will also experience sadness and miss them too.  (Better to have loved and lost then to not love at all). Also clarify the role that the nanny played as a "partner" with you and your partner not as a surrogate parent. As parents, you are the constant in their lives and just like teachers there will be a change in nannies. Every ending leads to a new beginning. Also assure them that the nanny will continue to play some role in the lives of the family.
  • PARENTS AND NANNY NEED TO ASSURE CHILD/REN THAT IT IS NOT THEIR FAULT THAT THE NANNY IS LEAVING- Assure that the nanny is not leaving because of anything that they have done. 
  • INVOLVEMENT OF NANNY IN THE TRANSITION CAN BE VERY HELPFUL- Assuming that the relationship with the departing nanny has been a healthy one do consider having your nanny discuss the situation and their feelings with the children. She/he might stress that even though she/he is leaving their love for them is "forever." There should be reinforcement that although the relationship will change it will still persist albeit in a new form. Here is where the nanny/parents need to be honest and not over promise or raise expectations of children too high.   
  • OVERLAP OF OUTGOING AND INCOMING NANNY- works well when the outgoing nanny is on board with the choice and the role of introducing the new nanny to the kids, neighborhood and help walk them though...

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Job Of The Day- October 2, 2013- Must Love to Play!

As September rolls into October our agency is fortunate to receive some incredible new positions.
From time to time we like to feature "our job of the day." We are pleased to present a job the most of us in the office think will be so much fun and so meaningful for the right nanny.

The parents are warm and friendly and have enjoyed an incredible relationship with an incredible nanny They hope to find another wonderful nanny for their three spirited children and  Two boys 4 and 6 and their 2 year old sister. The mom shared," an energetic Mary Poppins type would be perfect."  The start date would be November or September or could be earlier for the right candidate.

They seek a loving, nurturing nanny who enjoys being present, active with kids and able to stimulate and engage them in meaningful and developmentally appropriate activities. Responsibilities would include driving to and from school activities, helping the children get ready in the morning, taking them on outings to the park, museum, aquarium and engaging in arts and crafts. Also preparing their lunches and bathing them.

The schedule is M-f 7- 5:30 with some flexibility. These are really good kids who are healthy, curious, active, well behaved and respectful. A swimmer would be preferred as the family has a pool. They would also love to hire a nanny with a strong educational background who is willing to get out and do sports.

This will be such a rewarding job for a super nanny with lots of get up and go and experience. While this couple is dual career please note that the mom works part time and is in the home some but works very well with the nanny as a respected member of the team.

Salary is competitive with health insurance offered. Most critical is that the nanny be top-notch.

Monday, September 23, 2013

It's National Nanny Recognition Week Again! #NNRW

 September 13, 2013

Dear Employer,

Today marks the first day of National Nanny Recognition Day. Let this be the perfect opportunity to let your nanny know just how appreciated and respected they are.

NNRW was established in 1998 as a way to celebrate and recognize the many contributions and roles that professional nannies make and play in the increasingly complicated lives of their employer families. I recall the inauguration of this day and how families, nanny agencies and the mass media were encouraged to focus on the positive aspects of the in home childcare movement rather than on the negative portrayals of "nannies gone awry" popularized in movies and the press.  It also provided a time in which a family could spend time reflecting upon all that their nannies do for the children, parents and helping the household run smoothly.

Now is the time... a great time to let our nannies know just how much and what they mean to us. It is time to give thanks for their ongoing care, dedication, insights, patience, understanding, flexibility, developmental knowledge, and engagement that they give on a daily basis.

Suggestion for ways to celebrate and express our appreciation: 

1. Include children by helping them make a special gift, card, hand printed mug or personalized framed picture of the child and nanny together.

2. A great time to give your nanny a contribution to a gym, or museum membership.

3. A day at the Spa is always a wonderful way to say thank you to your ever nurturing and tireless nanny.

4. Membership in the INA  (International Nanny Association) or offering a paid trip to a Nanny Palooza Event is a wonderful way to support the professional development of your nanny. Also contributing to tuition for relevant coursework is very appreciated. Supporting ongoing educational and professional education is a win-win for your nanny and your family.

5. Have a very special family dinner together at which your nanny is honored.

6. Treat your nanny to a concert, sports event or dinner at a favorite restaurant.

7. A gift card to a favorite store is always a huge hit.

8. Great time to look at an upgrade in benefits or a salary increase based upon their good performance and meeting of expectations.

9. An additional paid day off or paid vacation week is another way of saying thanks.

These are very general suggestions. Perhaps you will come up with something more fitting for your nanny.

Interview Tips: When Affect Trumps Resume and a Warm Smile Can Result in a Signed Contract

The new client left a message on a Sunday evening. She was depressed by an interview she had with what seemed to her a most "promising" candidate  "Is it normal for a candidate to not ask one question about the children?"

We had a phone interview conversation on Friday in which we reviewed her job description and discussed the qualifications that were a "must-have" and those that were more secondary. As the director of a nanny agency one very important role that I play other than the obvious (explaining our process, fees, policies, vetting, interviewing, reference and criminal background checking); is the diplomatic management of parental expectations.

The candidate in question had a sterling resume with years of long-term nanny experience with infants, multiples and toddlers. She had a BA in Early Childhood Education and rave references. In a review of candidates sent by the agency our client narrowed it down to three and the person she interviewed was ranked #1.  Having been in the business for almost 30 years I am well aware of multiple realities and how there are always two sides to every story. 

From the parent's perspective it seemed that the candidate never smiled, could not make eye contact and sat on the couch with her arms crossed and her head bowed.  She barely looked at the sleeping baby in her mother's arms as she shot question after question about the business/financial side of things at the proud but sleep deprived new mother.  The questions being asked were important but should have been shelved for a later time. I was surprised by some of the questions as the candidate had been briefed by our office prior to her being contacted by our client. She would have known the salary range, hours, schedule, benefits package, and basics of the job description. Clearly she had glossed over this information and was ill-prepared for her interview.  As an agency we try not to waste time by being clear about these matters. It makes no sense to send a candidate seeking top market salary to a client who wishes to stay at the lower end.

Throughout the interview the candidate was flat, showing little if no emotion and not an inkling of passion for working with children. The parents tried to bring her out by asking open-ended questions that should have elicited more detailed and open responses. When asked  " As a career nanny what is it that makes you stay in this field?"  Her affect flat and her eyes downcast she replied, " I'm not sure." After that this dual-career couple could not wait to get her out of their house.

In following up with the candidate we let her know that the employer did not feel that the interview went well. She was not surprised. Getting her to open up and process things in greater detail was not easy. Knowing that her references were so positive we decided that we would try to give her some tips for her next interview. Perhaps she listened. Perhaps she took some of our coaching to heart, We also understood that for whatever reason she did not feel comfortable with the parents and offered that she felt herself shutting down. 

Postscript:  The family interviewed a few more candidates with more positive experiences. They ended up hiring the third candidate they met. She has less experience and formal education than the first the couple had interviewed. Her resume was not one that would leap out at any one. What she had was a heart of gold, a passion for working with children and parents, and an open, sunny and positive affect that lit up the room. She asked many, many questions; questions that demonstrated her interest in the job, the children and understanding of the parent's job description. It was clear that she wanted to make sure that they would also be on the same page and that this would be the kind of "fit" built to last. She could not take her eyes off of the baby and be the end of the interview was holding her on her lap. Her smile was broad and her laughter genuine.  She was offered the job the next morning and she accepted. 

Friday, January 11, 2013

Most Discussed Email Of Our Week

Dear ANC,

I have spoken with all of my past nanny employers and none of them are comfortable giving their numbers to your agency. The _______'s do not live here anymore as the mom took a job outside of the Boston area. The ________'s are ultra private people and do not want any  people contacting them; even your agency. They are very busy and the mom has too many issues to take the time out of her day to talk with you.
The _______'s being such a prominent Boston Family do not want to give out telephone #'s or any information about their children to anyone. Therefore, I am unable to give out #'s or email addresses as ALL of my employers desire their privacy. I will forward you a new resume with all family names deleted per all families request.

Looking forward to working with you!



 This was a most unusual letter and we realized that this candidate did not understand the role of the nanny agency despite our one hour meeting. So much to chew on, here.  Our reference checking is one of the most important steps we take in  the intricate process of the vetting and understanding  of who our applicants are and how to successfully place them. Any employer who has had the good fortune to have hired a nanny owes that professional a thoughtful, detailed and thorough reference. Our advise to any nanny is to make sure that they have a written letter from any employer before conclusion of their job. They should also make sure that their employer is willing to talk with prospective employers and the agency they are working with.