Ocotillo & AZ Avenue: This wonderful professional ball player family is seeking either a housekeeper or a nanny (part-time or full-time) to help during their stay in AZ for the next 6 months, starting as soon as possible through the end of March/ beginning of April.  Mom is home and very hands-on with the children so either they would like a housekeeper to help keep the house clean, maintained, organized and in order while Mom tends to the children OR they will keep their current cleaning service and have a nanny help Mom with the kids and have it be a team effort / mother’s helper position. So please apply whether you are interested in the housekeeper role or nanny / mother’s helper role. They have 2 adorable boys, ages 3 1/2 years old and 2 1/2 years old.  Their oldest son is 3 1/2 and is  sweet, active and likes to play cars, have conversations with you and interact with you, a typical 3.5 year old , not aggressive, sheltered, attached to Mom and Dad. Their 2 1/2 year old son is described as the typical 2nd child, strong-willed, has no fear, is a cuddler, goes to preschool in the mornings, and takes regular naps.
Pets: They have a 10 year old Maltese shin tzu mix. Petcare may include taking the dog to the groomers or vet. They are flexible for either a part-time or full-time schedule however they are desiring at least 3 days a week.  So it can be a minimum 3 – 5 days a week depending on the candidate and how many hours she desires.  Work hours Ideally  are 11-7pm but the timing and days can be flexible as that is the least important item on their wish list and they are flexible so it can change weekly if preferred or change as needed with notice. They have 1 small dog, so helping with vet appts, grooming, cleanup, pet care etc.. They currently have a crew that comes in for weekly cleaning but really would prefer to replace them and have a relationship with one person to get everything done on an ongoing/continual basis. Mom and Dad love hanging out with their kids and friends and family and want to be able to focus on time with them and still have their household running and maintained. For example: cleaning, making beds daily, wiping down outdoor tables and chairs, cleaning patio off, Cooking and serving simple family meals/snacks, organization and special household projects, family laundry and linens, grocery shopping, keeping pantry stocked, errands,dry cleaning, help with entertaining, help prep for traveling. They are looking for someone that is enjoyable to be around, likes children as they have two busy toddlers, a real go getter, helpful, punctual, previous experience, preferably in a high end home. They are not requiring the Covid-vaccine. Their home is 8200 square feet with a patio and a fenced pool. They have an extra car to provide for errands or will reimburse for gas if nanny or housekeeper uses her vehicle.  Compensation:  $23-$30/hr.  Starts ASAP through March/April. Please apply if interested in either a housekeeper position or nanny position and either part-time (at least 3 days) or full-time (5 days).  (REF#ARTEMP)
***To apply to this position, please email jenny@acaringnanny.com and use REF#ARTEMP in title.***
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Higley Rd & Riggs Rd: This wonderful busy professional family in Chandler has 4 school aged children and are seeking a proactive, reliable nanny / household manager to join their family and assist in keeping their busy household running smoothly. They have a 13 year old son, 10 year old daughter, 8 year old daughter and 5 year old daughter. All 4 children are in school full-time so this position is a dual role that includes both nanny and household management duties. The schedule is 30-35 hrs per week. They are flexible on exact times based on the candidate’s availability; however on average the ideal schedule is M-F between the hrs of 8:30AM-4:30PM. If the nanny needs to come later in the morning (ie 10AM) they are flexible with the start and end times. It varies based on the family’s schedule for the week and the earliest a nanny would need to be there would be 7AM. Parents drop off children at school at 8AM. Some evening / night availability would be needed when the parents attend charity events. If an evening shift is needed, the nanny would come later in the morning to start her day. Some Saturday availability will be needed as well, with advance notice. It may be a morning shift for a child’s activity or a Saturday evening shift if the parents have a dinner or event. They know their schedule 2 – 3 weeks in advance. If a Saturday shift is needed, the nanny will work less hrs during the week. No Sundays will be needed. Their daughters are in competitive gymnastics and their son plays golf and basketball. The family is desiring a longterm commitment of preferably 3 – 5 years. Longevity is important to them and their previous nanny was with them for 5 years. The children have had a nanny for the past 13 years (since the oldest was an infant) and they have always become a member of their family. They value quality care and hold onto good people. They have a casual yet fast-paced atmosphere in their home. Mom and Dad touch and go from the house and sometimes work from home in home offices. Their 13 year old son is in 7th grade, is one of the kindest kids in the world, very kind hearted, has 3 younger sisters, is extremely intelligent, and is involved in basketball , jujitsu, golf, piano and possibly guitar. Their 10 year old daughter is in 4th grade, a very sweet kid, extremely independent and self driven, very type A personality and she is totally dedicated to gymnastics – 20 hrs a week at the gym – she’s the kid who will have all her homework done, room clean, never wants to be late, preps the night before for her day, and is very responsible. Their 8 year old daughter is in 3rd grade, sweet, very happy, more of a sensitive kid, so much different from older sister, is relaxed and laid back and goes with the flow, always the last one ready, does everything with a smile , plays tennis and also gymnastics. Their 5 year old daughter started half day kindergarten, is picked up by noon, Mom usually picks her up so only on occasion would she need to be picked up. She is doing dance, wants to be the center of attention, is hilarious and extremely smart. She’s youngest so she learned fast from her older siblings, is a fast learner and very smart, funny, and loves dance, singing, and gymnastics.  Pets: they have 2 French Bulldogs who are both very friendly. Petcare is minimal and they are easy dogs and need daily feeding would need to be checked on when the family travels. The family travels to their house in Idaho in the summer and they take family vacations when they can throughout the year, usually during fall break, winter break, and spring break. The household manager will be taking on household / domestic duties while the family travels or based on her availability they would fly her out for a week or weekend during the summer to be with the family while traveling. (Flexible on travel and will work with nanny’s availability and discuss the summer plans in May) Ideal candidate will help clean, organize, and upkeep their large home, do kids’ laundry, run light errands, oversee construction projects, etc. while the children are in school and also help with the kids after school or for date nights. They are looking for someone who is organized, energetic, friendly, and loves being with kids. They want someone who is happy to see the family and help assist with their day to day. They want someone who feels like part of the family.They live on a lake and have a large fenced pool in the backyard so they encourage outside play and are desiring a strong swimmer. The parents encourage the nanny to take the children on a variety of outings since they are all at a fun stages where they enjoy doing fun activities. A family car is provided for the nanny’s use. Bonus. Use of Car. Paid Vacation. Paid Holidays. Eligible for health benefits. Compensation: $28-$35/hr. Interviewing now. Position starts ASAP. (REF#DEEV)


***To apply to this position, please email jenny@acaringnanny.com and use REF#DEEV in the title.***

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These tips for getting off to a good start can boost children’s confidence, behavior and outlook socially and academically. The shift from summer to Fall can be a tough transition for both children and their parents, with greater structure, more activities and more stress. Help your children manage the changes by planning ahead and staying positive. Check out our tips to make it easier for the whole family.

Re-establish routines – take a week or two to gradually move up bedtime and wake-up time and let them practice getting up, dressed and eating breakfast earlier. Add in bedtime reading and chores if you didn’t do this during the summer. Talk to your child about the benefits of going to bed on time so they have energy the next day. Even preschoolers can learn to set an alarm clock to get up in the morning. Praise them for being a go-getter when they get up.

Create a launch-pad – a designated area for backpacks lunch boxes and important notices and homework papers to avoid last minute scrambles.

Set a time and a place for homework – avoid daily battles by setting up a time and place for homework. The best area is the kitchen or family room so they can be monitored and encouraged. Make sure there’s good lighting and room for books and resources. Plan ahead to be available during the homework hour to head off frustration and make sure the work gets done.

Mark your calendar and plan to attend “Meet the Teacher Night” – It is August 1 in Tempe, check your school website for other districts and attend to meet your child’s Teachers, the Principal and other staff. Arrange for a babysitter now, if necessary. Walk through the school if it is a younger child or a new school, and find their classroom, locate lockers, visit the lunchroom, and encourage your child to ask questions.

Here are the first days of school for some local districts:

Chandler – Monday July 21
Phoenix – Wednesday July 30

Tempe – Tuesday August 5

Gilbert – Wednesday August 6

Scottsdale – Wednesday August 6

Paradise Valley – Friday August 8

Glendale – Monday August 11

Clear your schedule for the first week of school and put off business trips, extra meetings and avoid bringing work home to you have time to help your child get used to the new  schedule. Have some planned frozen leftovers ready so dinnertime is easy.

With a few of these tips and strategies in place, your first days of school will create a good start to the school year and make for academic success all year.

If you need an extra hand, consider hiring an after school nanny. We’re currently recruiting candidates who will pick children up from school, fix a nutritious snack, help with homework, throw in a load of laundry, prep dinner, get the kids in the car with mouth guards, clean uniforms and socks, and drive them to sports practices or appointments. We take photocopies of their Driver’s Licenses, three year MVD Records and current Auto Insurance when they interview. When checking references, we ask prior families about their driving habits.They’re happy to grocery shop or pick up the gift for the weekend birthday party. Expect to pay $16-$18 per hour and we require a hour hour minimum per visit. Click here to fill out a Family Application. and Jenny, our Family Placement Counselor will give you a call to answer your questions.

Beth Weise

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Originally from Costa Rica, Reyna has 23 years of experience as a nanny and housekeeper in the US. Her references describe her as being terrific with infants and toddlers, honest, and the most hard working person they know!  One former family tells us: “She’s very kind and always goes out of her way to make sure everything is to our satisfaction. She is just a really good, trustworthy person. She always goes above and beyond.” Another family tells us: “Reyna is very upbeat, very bubbly, and really enjoys being around them. But when she is here cleaning for us, she is just very focused and organized, and all about getting the job done. She is comfortable with travel and is bilingual, important qualities for the family that hired her this summer as their nanny/home manager in Chandler with a new baby and a busy toddler. They tell us: “Just don’t let anyone steal her away from us!”

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