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FULL-TIME NANNY POSITION WITH TODDLER IN PARADISE VALLEY, $18-$22/HR
Lincoln & Tatum: This wonderful busy professional family in PV is seeking a caring organized, educational full-time nanny to care for their sweet 15 month old son. The schedule is M-F from 7AM-4/5PM for a 40-45 hour work week. Their son is a sweet and calm, fun and loving child, who loves to explore, is very curious, constantly loves to play, is walking, is self-feeding, and uses baby sign language. He likes his freedom so doesn’t like to be restricted, and enjoys independent play so needs a nanny to support his growth and development. He has a great rhythm and routine to the day. His toys are all engaging, hands-on educational toys and the parents are desiring a nanny who will focus on the educational aspect of the job and create a fun learning environment daily as he transitions from one stage of development to the next. They have a casual yet semi-formal atmosphere in their home. Both parents work from home in home offices and they employ a housekeeper who will also be present in the home for deep cleaning. The nanny will only be responsible for domestic tasks related to the child: child laundry, bottles, dishes, child meal prep, maintaining the upkeep and cleanliness of the 3 play areas. Ideal qualities and characteristics desired in a nanny: calm, compassionate, caring, nurturing and understanding of children. The parents appreciate the Montessori style of parenting. They are raising an independent, inquisitive, adventurous, respectful young man, and want a nanny who can guide him along his journey. They maintain a structure to their home and their child’s routine throughout the day which requires the nanny to be organized, punctual and mindful of her time. The nanny will be expected to manage the child’s diet by  simple children meal planning and preparing breakfast, lunch and dinner for him daily. They have several resources available that will guide the nanny so she is not expected to know everything, but rather have a willingness and ability to learn. They use many mobile apps, and would want the nanny to be tech savvy. Lastly, the nanny should have a wonderful ability to communicate with the parents and the child. They want to welcome the nanny to their family and as such, want her to be honest and upfront about any issues or situations that may come up. Primary care is within their home. There is a pool in their backyard and weather permitting they are open to stroller walks and park play in their subdivision. As the pandemic dies down and their son gets bigger, they will be open to the nanny taking him on outings. No driving is needed at this time. Travel may be desired (including internationally) so a passport is preferred. Compensation: $18-$22/hr. Paid Vacation. Paid Holidays. Interviewing now and position starts ASAP. (REF#RUPV)

 

***To apply to this position or to inquire about more details, please email jenny@acaringnanny.com and use REF#RUPV in title. $500 referral bonus and $100 sign-on bonus.***

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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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Tatum and McDonald: An adorable one year-old boy needs an experienced, enthusiastic nanny to help care for him every Saturday from noon-8PM (with flexibility). They are seeking someone with toddler experience who is going to actively engage and interact with their son. Salary: $15 or more depending on the right person. (REF#DLSAT)

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Caring Nannies Recently held a cutting edge one day training event in Paradise Valley with 37 nannies in attendance, greatly exceeding our expectations! We were expecting 8 but hoping for 20!  Nannies who had never experienced training geared to the private home environment were delighted and encouraged.

 Why do we need to train nannies? Doesn’t a good nanny already have the skills she needs to work successfully with children?

There is no other job as important as raising a child, your own or someone elses, and the informal home environment lends itself to parents and nannies thinking that ongoing training isn’t needed. It just comes naturally, right? However, research shows that nannies become skilled professionals when experience and a warm engaging personality is combined with knowleldge of how a child develops physically, socially, intellectually and emotionally plus creative ideas to make it happen.

The event was open to nannies throughout the community and many of the parents graciously paid the registration fee.

As in any profession, there is always more to learn, and it’s motivating to receive the appreciation for their critical impact in their unique role. The opportunity to network with  others in their field and exchange contact information is encouraging. Nannying can be isolating with no peers to talk to during the day.

With Kathy Rowe from Music Together, in a very hands on fun session, we experienced  how to incorporate music into the day–a huge brain boost to children. Jeremy King from Az Tutor and Life Coach laid out how to effectively develop responsibility and self-motivation, a seasoned Newborn Specialist explained the keys to babies and toddlers taking naps and sleeping through the night. Martha Rockwell, professional career coach and owner of A+Resumes, gave tips on how to find our dream jobs, and a panel of expert Home Managers discussed how to move from Nanny to Nanny Manager.

Breakfast and lunch were included as well as a goodie bag including a kid’s cook book. Fun prizes were raffled off including a large basket of essential safety devices from Childproofers USA, an hour of professional career and resume counseling from Martha, a make-over from Dephane Marcel from Salon Moda Fina in Scottsdale, and a Monster Repellant Spray from Fairytale Wishes. Lice Doctors generously sponsored our lunch.

The event was sponsored by Nanny Biz Reviews and was held in conjunction with National Week of the Young Child. Caring Nannies is tremendously encouraged by the success of this years training and is already at work planning our next training event this fall. At Caring Nannies, we are asking our caregivers to commit to two out of three training events per year, because we have experiencd the difference training makes.

Beth Weise
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