FULL-TIME BILINGUAL NANNY/DOMESTIC HELPER POSITION (LIVE -IN OR LIVE-OUT) IN PARADISE VALLEY, $45- $55K
Tatum & Doubletree Ranch: This wonderful family in Paradise Valley with a sweet 1 year old daughter and a 2nd baby (boy) due in June is seeking a full-time bilingual nanny/housekeeper to join their household and grow with their family, preferably for the next 3-5 years. The schedule is a flexible 45 hour work week, in which the exact hrs (M-F) can be worked out between the family and the nanny and it is a combo nanny/ domestic helper role.  They are open to both live-in or live out candidates.  For live in candidates, a private bedroom and bathroom is provided and 2 consecutive days off. For live-out candidates, the nanny must be willing to spend the summers in Aspen, CO for the months of May – Sept. They have a semi-formal atmosphere in their home. Mom is a stay at home Mom and Dad works from a home office when he is not traveling for business (2 weeks per month). Their 1 year old daughter is super sweet, really easy-going and she’s walking and is talking more and more every day. She loves reading books and loves to play outside in the grass, flowers, and rocks. The family also has a pool in their backyard. Pets: one large, professionally trained dog. Travel is definitely important since the family spends their summers (May – Sept) at their home in Aspen, CO so the nanny must be willing to travel and spend the summers in Aspen.

Must be flexible to perform a variety of tasks, including being a team player with Mom and helping care for the children as well as assisting with domestic tasks around the house. The household duties include: light cleaning, linens and children laundry, helping Mom with meal prep and helping clean with Mom, light errands. They have a housekeeper every other week to do the deep and heavy cleaning. Seeking a candidate who is desiring a long-term position, who will become part of their family. They highly prefer a nanny who is fluent in Spanish since their daughter already knows Spanish words and is spoken to in Spanish daily. Other important qualities and characteristics: a warm and pleasant demeanor; passionate about working with children and has a love for teaching (language and reading); flexible, proactive, takes great initiative and is willing to pitch in. Compensation: $45K – $55K. Benefits: Paid Vacation, Paid holidays, Cell Phone.The family currently has an aupair for the next few months. Starts in April.  (REF#ESPV)
**To apply to this position or to inquire about more details, please email Jenny@acaringnanny.com and use (REF#ESPV) 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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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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