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Why Can’t I Find a Nanny? 4 Challenging Scenarios and Solutions

Are you a parent currently looking for a nanny to cover any of the following scenarios?⁠ ⁠

  • Split shifts⁠
  • Rotating shifts⁠
  • Before/after school care⁠
  • Nanny-housekeeper⁠

Maybe you’re at your wits’ end trying to figure out how to solve these childcare situations?

We have some not-great news.⁠ 😬⁠

It’s extremely challenging to find nannies for these situations. This was true before the pandemic and it’s even more so now.⁠

 

Why is it SO HARD to find nannies for these types of scenarios?

  • Nannies are in VERY high demand right now. After years of going without proper childcare due to the pandemic, parents are literally scrambling to find nannies. Many are being put in a position of having to hire a nanny as an alternative to unreliable or unavailable daycare. There are more childcare positions than ever before. It’s a Nanny’s market!
  • There are fewer nannies currently working with families due to the pandemic.
  • In general, even Nannies looking for part-time hours prefer to work full days, 2 to 4 days a week, instead of half-days. This includes nannies who only babysit occasionally. Since they may be working during the day until 5 pm or so, they are not typically available to do after-school care shifts unless they start after 6 pm.
  • It’s a lot harder to make a living & organize life around work that takes place in bits (i.e. a few hours in the mornings or afternoons, very short shifts, shift work coverage, or split shifts).
  • More nannies will choose to work one job with longer hours over several jobs with shorter hours.
  • A Nanny and a housekeeper (or cleaner) are 2 very different job roles!

 

 

For most people, split shifts and rotating schedules ARE NOT attractive job scenarios.

So what can families do INSTEAD?

Depending on your situation, you can:

  • Offer more/longer consecutive work hours.
  • Hire a full-time Nanny/Household Manager – someone who can provide the childcare you need, plus some home organization tasks. Think grocery shopping, paying bills, organizing the children’s rooms and closets, light meal prep, the kids’ laundry, etc. (but no household cleaning duties)
  • Hire a live-in nanny
  • If you need childcare AND housekeeping, hire 2 different people for those 2 job roles
  • Consider hiring a student enrolled in a Faculty of Education or Early Childhood Education program. Students sometimes have more flexible schedules that may allow them to work short shifts during the day. Plus, you know that they have at least some experience working with children and have undergone a preliminary background check to be admitted into their education program.
  • Tap into your community! Make friends with your neighbours who also have kids to see what childcare solutions they use. Many families are opting to share nannies between close neighbours and this solution may work provided the nanny’s job responsibilities are balanced and they are compensated accordingly.

Parents, we know finding a professional Nanny is a tough, time-consuming task. The Nanny Solution, can help you hire a regular nanny on a part-time or full-time basis in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto or Ottawa.

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8 tips to hire the perfect nanny

You are about to hire a nanny and put the livelihood of your children into the hands of someone that you do not know, and for most parents, hiring a nanny is an overwhelming process. Ultimately, you want to find someone whom you can trust to provide the best care for your children while you are away. If you follow these tips during your nanny search, you can ensure your chances of hiring the perfect nanny for your family.

  1. Establish the needs of your family

    Make a list of requirements that are important to you. This can include personality traits, specialized skills, amount of experience, age and education and training. You will also want to take into consideration the scheduling requirements, salary and benefits that you are willing to pay, the responsibilities that the nanny will be expected to handle and what types of discipline the nanny will use.

  2. Create a job description.

    Just like a business would create job descriptions for their employees, you will want to type up a one-page job description that entails all of the nanny’s duties. This will not only be helpful to share with potential candidates and nanny agencies, it can also help you come up with interview questions and lay the foundation for the employment agreement.

  3. Advertise the position.

    If you are thinking about going through a reputable nanny agency, you will certainly reduce a lot of the legwork of performing the search for that perfect nanny. However, if you want to find a nanny on your own, you can type up a condensed version of your job description and advertise the position in the local newspaper, online and/or on flyers posted at nearby churches, fitness centres and local community centres. In this case, you may get swarmed with applicants and you will have to sift through the applications carefully and make sure that they are qualified before proceeding onto the next steps.

  4. Conduct initial screenings with phone interviews

    This step can be reduced tremendously if you choose to utilize a nanny agency – they will perform the initial screenings and send you only candidates who match your requirements. If you are performing the search on your own, you will want to discuss the criteria that you listed in Step #1 first. Of course, personality and chemistry are vital for a perfect fit and you will get a good feel for this over the phone. You will want to narrow your applicant pool down with the initial screenings over the phone.

  5. Start the face-to-face interviews

    Once you have narrowed the applicant pool down to several serious potential candidates, make arrangements for them to come to your home, one at a time. You may want to interview each candidate alone, without the children first, just in case the candidate is not the perfect one. If the interview goes well, there is a great chemistry between you and the candidate and your gut feeling is good, go ahead and invite the children into the room to see how the candidate interacts with them. Remember, your children will also have to like the nanny in order for her to suit your family perfectly.

  6. Hold working interviews/paid trial time

    This is an observation period that will allow you to watch potential candidates in action. Set up 3-5 days that are similar to a “regular” day for the nanny so that you can accurately assess their performance. During this time, you will be able to pick up on any problems or issues, such as lateness or inability to handle the tasks at hand…or it will strengthen your decision about who would be best for the job. If you are utilizing a nanny agency, they should provide you with a period of time within which they will send a replacement if the nanny is not working out, which is typically 90 days, so be sure to use your trial time wisely.

  7. Perform background and reference checks

    A good nanny agency will handle this step for you comprehensively. They have the know-how to obtain this information and may even provide monitoring services throughout the term of employment. If you are conducting the search on your own, contacting references and checking for any bruises in the candidate’s backgrounds can certainly provide you with enough information to make a final decision. (A background check is absolutely vital to provide you with the peace of mind that you want.) Be sure to ask previous employers about timeliness, attitude and behaviour, and if they think the candidate will be suitable for the duties on your job description – as well as handling the amount of children that you have.

  8. Present the job offer and employment agreement

    You’ve finally found your perfect nanny! Smart businesses present their employees with written employment agreements to promote clear expectations and minimize the potential of misunderstandings. This can also be a crucial step for you and your nanny. A good nanny agency will assist you with creating an employment agreement that works for you and the nanny, presenting the job offer and mediating during the negotiations. If you are hiring without a nanny agency, you will want to create an employment agreement that is extensive and all-inclusive. In addition, you will want to type up a job offer and be prepared for negotiations and to alter the job offer as necessary.

Once an agreement has been made, it’s time to enter into the relationship by signing the employment agreement and setting the start date for your new nanny. You should build on your relationship by setting up monthly evaluation meetings with your nanny. These meetings can be the perfect time to discuss any issues or problems that the nanny is encountering and come up with solutions as a team. In addition, this is a great time to provide her with both positive feedback and constructive criticism. In addition, you will want to set up a meeting that marks the yearly anniversary for your family and the nanny to discuss the possibility of a bonus or a raise. We hope that these steps help you find that perfect nanny for your family. If you find that you do not have the time that is required to do the footwork of searching for that perfect match, we are here to provide you with our expertise and experience! Feel free to contact us any time.

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What should I pay my nanny?

At Nannies on Call, we find that that the average hourly rate that nannies seek is sitting between $25 – 40+ (Across Canada), with the average being about $30 gross per hour.  At $30/hour and 40 hours per week, this equates to about $63,000 annually. This is a fair wage considering the forever rising cost of living, and the professionalism shown by these nannies.  If these figures are not in your budget, there are a few options to reduce your costs.  Nanny shares, allowing a nanny to bring his/her own child to work with them, or hiring a nanny who is less experienced are just a few examples.  The old adage of ‘You get what you pay for’ is very true!

A few other things to consider:
1) How many children do you have? Their ages? Multiple children in a household will warrant a higher wage.

2) Are you looking for full time or part time hours? How many hours/days per week do you need the nanny? Typically a Nanny will be seeking a higher wage for part time hours. 

3) Will the nanny be required to live in or out? What and where are the accommodations if live-in? Live in is more cost effective but you will have someone living in your home.

4) Will you require any overtime? Depending on what province you are in, there may be overtime after a certain number of hours per week. For example, in BC, anything over 8 hrs a day or 40hrs per week, the employee is paid time and a half. Anything past 12hrs a day is double time.

5) What types of benefits do you plan to offer? (i.e. Health insurance, holidays, sick days, cell phone, car?) Many of these are tax deductible for the employer.

6) Do you need a nanny who drives? Would the nanny need their own car or do you plan to provide one? Driving nannies are paid more. If they are using their own vehicle to drive your children, they will be required to track their kms (for work purposes) and reimbursed the current government standard (currently $0.61 km).

7) Do you expect the nanny to perform any non-child related duties, such as housekeeping or errands? A nanny that can offer both child focused care as well as additional housekeeping or cooking should be paid a higher wage. Often House Managers are offered the top end of the pay-scale in any given city.

8) Do you require the nanny to have an education degree? Early childhood degree? Nursing degree? Teaching degree? Expect to pay top dollar for someone with an education background as well as nanny experience.

9) Will you need your nanny to travel with you? This should be discussed ahead of time. Plan to pay your nanny’s travel expenses including their regular wage. If they are working more, overtime rates would be included. Depending on if the nanny has their own room, you should consider a per diem as well.

10)  Do you want someone who speaks another language?

11) Taxes – There are things involved other than just paying someone’s salary. You are required be paying someone as an employee as per the CRA which means remitting taxes on their behalf as well as paying an employer portion. Depending on what province you live in, this will range from anywhere from 7 – 12% over and above your nanny’s gross wage. This would also include having appropriate in home insurance with Worker’s Compensation.

Extra Tips: If a nanny is looking for a higher wage than you are willing or able to pay, consider offering a competitive package that includes more vacation (the standard is 2 weeks paid per year as well as any other time not needed), metro/transit passes, medical benefits and attentional paid sick time. Do you want your nanny to be paid biweekly, bimonthly or even monthly? Make sure you know the rules for your province before making that decision. Carefully look into what the overtime rules are as well. Pay your nanny what they are worth.  If they feel that they are underpaid, they will be looking for another job in no time. Bottom line is that you should carefully consider what you can afford before hiring a nanny, so that you are not stuck making changes after someone has started.

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The Rising Demand for Nannies During the Pandemic

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early 2020, parents had to scramble to find childcare as daycares, preschools, and elementary schools closed their doors. As a result, the demand for Full Time Nannies increased drastically. At the same time, families with existing Nannies extended their contracts in order to secure long-term childcare, which in turn, slowed down the usual Nanny turnover rate, making available Nannies even more scarce. These factors are how the Nanny labour shortage began, so what’s been keeping it going over a year and a half later? Where are all the Nannies and what does the labour shortage mean for your family?

There are a number of reasons why families are still struggling to find a Nanny to care for their little ones. A few that we’ve encountered here at The Nanny Solution are: 

  • Many families acted quickly and either hired a Nanny at the onset of the pandemic or retained their existing Nanny. This took many professional childcare providers off the market early on.
  • Some former Nannies have made the decision to transition out of working in childcare during the pandemic, out of concern for both their own health and safety and their loved ones’. 
  • There are currently fewer Nannies available to work, as many of the Nannies in Canada are/were only here on two-year work visas. 
  • The majority of families only want to hire a Nanny that has been fully vaccinated, and unfortunately, not all Nannies are vaccinated. 

The demand for qualified, professional, fully-vaccinated Nannies is exceptionally high, while the supply is lower than ever. So, what does that mean for your Nanny search?

  • Expect to pay a higher wage. Nanny wages have soared as a result of the pandemic labour shortage, and we are seeing rates of $25 to $40 per hour across Canada.
  • Nannies may require medical benefits and/or additional paid sick days in their contracts. You can also expect to see a COVID-19 clause in the contract.
  • Nannies’ roles have changed over the past couple of years, as parents have transitioned to working from home and many children are attending school from home as well. These changes require increased communication, flexibility, and boundaries, as well as appropriate compensation. 

All that being said, if you’re just beginning your Nanny search, or if you’re coming to the end of your contract and trying to decide whether to hire a new Nanny or not, don’t get discouraged! There are still wonderful Nannies out there who are looking for work. It may take a little extra patience to find the right one for your family, but the peace of mind that comes with having safe, reliable, professional childcare is well worth it! 

Start your search today!

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Establishing Healthy Boundaries

We believe that nurturing the nanny-family relationship is key in creating a harmonious environment for nannies, parents, and kids, and helps nannies want to stay with their work families for the long haul.

Here are 3 actionable steps to set up healthy boundaries in the nanny-family relationship.⁠

Know Your Responsibilities

Nannies: as an employee, parents are counting on you to be punctual and to perform your nanny duties diligently with care and enthusiasm.

Parents: As employers, nannies are counting on you to respect and honour their work hours, timely payment of their salary, and duration of the work contract.

When both parties respect and honour their obligations, they both have peace of mind and trust.

Prioritize Communication

Nannies: Speak with your employers about any work-related questions or concerns you may have sooner rather than later. Be assertive and proactive.

Parents: Nannies are amazing, but they are not mind readers. If you like things done a certain way then you have to show your nanny, train them, and give them regular feedback and praise.

Remember: Lack of communication is the #1 cause of relationship breakdowns!

Be Realistic

Nannies: Be proactive in completing your work tasks and offer flexibility (additional time or tasks) to your employers when you can. But remember that your free time outside of work is valuable, necessary, and important too.

Parents: Give your nanny a reasonable list of daily tasks; be respectful and realistic when asking for additional responsibilities or additional work hours. Remember that your nanny has a life outside of work and needs downtime too.

In establishing and maintaining healthy boundaries, both nanny and family feel appreciated and respected.

To learn more about how we can help you find a wonderful nanny that is a perfect match for your family, start here.

To join our pool of extraordinary, professional nannies, see our requirements.

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Nursery Must-Haves

Creating an environment that is calm, comfortable, and conducive to sleep is essential when you’re setting up your baby’s nursery. We’ve put together a list of nursery must-haves — according to the baby experts, Newborn Care Specialists — to help you create the optimal sleep environment for your little one!

Changing table or changing pad

Whether you have a dedicated changing table or you set up a changing pad on top of a dresser, we definitely recommend using one with a cover. A cover makes cleaning up after any particularly messy diaper changes easy — just pull it off and throw it in the washing machine.

Diapers, wipes, cream, and disposal system

Keep these items close by the changing station for easy access. You may want to invest in a diaper genie for disposing diapers in, or simply use a lined garbage bin with a lid.

Crib (or bassinet, followed by crib)

You can decide to have your newborn sleep in a crib right away, or you can start with a bassinet and then transition them to a crib as they grow.

Firm mattress with waterproof mattress pad and tight-fitting sheets

Whether you’re using a bassinet or a crib, we recommend using a firm mattress and tight-fitting sheets, in order to reduce the risk of the sheets coming off and entangling or suffocating your infant. We also highly recommend putting a waterproof mattress pad underneath the sheets for easy clean-up following accidents.

Swaddle or sleep sack

Rather than using a blanket for warmth, newborns and infants should be placed in a swaddle or sleep sack at bedtime. Loose items, like blankets, increase the risk of entrapment or suffocation and should not be used in the bassinet or crib.

Pacifiers

Babies have a natural need to suck using a pacifier helps meet that need, while also soothing them. In addition, the use of pacifiers is recommended, as they help reduce the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).

Blackout curtains

Blackout or room darkening curtains aren’t essential, but they do minimize the amount of natural light in the room, which may help your baby sleep a little bit longer.

Sound machine

Sound machines help muffle outside noises, soothe the baby, help them complete sleep cycles, and can create a calm, peaceful sleep environment. They’re not essential, but they are highly recommended.

Soft night light

Having a soft night light in the nursery is more for the parents’ and/or the Newborn Care Specialist’s benefit. It can help you move around and navigate the room while the baby is sleeping, without disturbing their sleep cycle by turning on a bright light.

Baby monitor

These days, there are more options out there than the walkie-talkie style sound monitors we grew up with. You can now purchase movement monitors, some of which you can even connect with your phone, which alert you when your baby does not move/breathe for a period of time. Video monitors are also available, so you can check on your baby without entering the nursery and disturbing their sleep.

Comfortable chair or glider

You are going to spend a lot of time feeding your baby and rocking them to sleep, so you want to make sure you have a comfortable place to sit while you do so. A good, comfortable chair or glider is a worthwhile investment, in our opinion.

Nursing pillow

Nursing pillows help prop the baby up during bottle feeds and/or while you are breastfeeding/chestfeeding them. These pillows can save your arms from getting tired and give you more mobility.

Side table

We recommend putting a small side table or nightstand next to the nursing station. This is where you can keep small items, such as water and snack for yourself, your phone, and, of course, burping cloths for easy access.

Burping cloths

You’ll always want to have plenty of burping cloths on hand for after feeding. Spit happens!

Small clock and baby tracker

Having a clock nearby — either a digital clock with a dim light or a quiet manual clock — can help you keep track of the baby’s feeding and sleeping schedule and patterns. A baby tracker is a useful place to record these patterns, and to ensure your baby is getting adequate sleep and feeding regularly.

Laundry hamper

Finally, we recommend having a laundry hamper in the nursery. It’s easier to just toss any soiled sheets, clothes, cloth diapers, burping cloths, etc. in a hamper, rather than having to carry them out to another room.

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3 Things You Need Before Hiring a Nanny

 

Choosing to hire a nanny in Canada is one of the most important decisions families make.⁠ 

Whether you choose to do your own nanny search or work with a nanny agency, there are 3 things you must do and know before you start this process.⁠

In our experience, ignoring these 3 things typically results in a lot of wasted time and frustration for both parents and nanny candidates.⁠

Know Exactly What You Need

Hiring a nanny means hiring someone who has a specific set of skills and experience.

As a parent, you need to be clear on which skills & experience you need your potential nanny to have, focusing and prioritizing your “must-haves” over your “nice-to-haves”, before you begin your nanny search.

When you know exactly what you want it will be easier to identify which nanny candidates are potential good matches and which ones aren’t.

If you’re working with an agency, it will be a lot easier for them to find ideal matches for you, or to let you know if what you’re looking for in a nanny is unrealistic so that you don’t waste your time.

And speaking of time…

Invest Time In Your Nanny Search

Hiring a nanny, or any employee for that matter, is a process that takes time.

Make sure that you actually have the time and make the time to invest in your nanny search, whether you’re doing it on your own or working with a nanny agency.

With an agency, you will need time to fill out a family questionnaire where you’ll share information about your family and your specific needs. You’ll need to speak with the agency directly to learn about the hiring process, including your responsibilities as an employer.

You’ll need to make time to go over nanny resumes, to interview potential candidates, and to give the agency feedback after each interview.

You may need to make time to have trial workdates with potential nannies and give feedback about your experience with each.

You may need to make time to re-evaluate your needs and start the process again.

Sometimes you get lucky and find your perfect nanny match quickly. Other times it takes a bit longer.

Prioritize Communication

⁠If you’re hiring a nanny on your own, be clear on your needs and expectations with potential nanny candidates.

If you’re working with a nanny agency, be honest about your family’s needs and expectations. Is your child anxious, or a picky eater? Do they have any special needs or require any type of special support? 

Remember: Nanny agencies work hard to make the best nanny-family matches based on the information they receive from both families and nannies. Share any questions or concerns you may have in a timely manner and trust the advice you receive from them. They absolutely want you to succeed in your search.

As an agency, our goal is to help you make the right childcare decisions for your family and if you choose to work with us to help you find your ideal nanny, we want the experience to be positive and successful.

To learn more about how we can help you in your nanny search, start here.

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Newborn Care Around the World – India

 

With the exciting announcement of the Newborn Care Specialist services we are now offering, The Nanny Solution team has baby fever! We sat down with Rupanshi, our Nanny Liaison, and the newest mother on our team (she gave birth to her sweet boy, Aayansh, in early 2020) to ask her about birth practices and newborn care in her home country of India. You can read our interview with Rupanshi below. 

Rupanshi: Before I begin, I just want to say that India, like Canada, is multicultural and each region has its own set of customs and traditions. I am from the capital region, and have a bit of knowledge of the traditions that we follow in the north.

What are some unique birth traditions in India?
R: There are quite a few. For one, we do not reveal our pregnancy until the 1st trimester is over, in order to avoid evil (I know). And during pregnancy, moms are not supposed to eat papaya, lift heavy objects, or even exercise. Then, after a baby is born, mom and baby are generally made to wear black anklets and beads, and we apply a black mark behind the ear or on the forehead to ward off evil (I still do it with Aayansh). We also have a holy prayer on the 6th day of the baby’s birth for his/her future, and a havan (fire ritual) after the baby is 40 days to announce the arrival. 40 days is the incubation period wherein we are allowed to only go to the doctor’s clinic. At home, new moms are supposed to remain covered, with oil on our head and covered with a cap or scarf. This is due to the fact that the woman’s body is still recovering, and 40 days ensures complete recovery. Also, before honey was considered unsafe for babies, it was tradition to give honey to babies, even before mother’s milk.

Where and how do most births take place?
R: Hospitals are usually considered the safest option, at least in metropolitan cities. I have seen some home births, but only for lower income groups. They usually try for a government hospital too.

Is there the equivalent of a baby shower in India?
R: Yes, it is called a “god bharai”. It is a beautiful tradition wherein married women whisper something nice for the baby in mom-to-be’s ears and give a gift in her lap, called “god” in Hindi. There is music, a little bit of dancing, and lots of food (we are big on food). We also have baby showers, just like in the western culture, but we do not have baby registries in India. My sister had a baby shower, and mine was planned, but unfortunately had to be cancelled due to COVID.

Who is responsible for caring for the newborn during the first weeks?
R: A lot of people have hired help, if they can afford it, but generally it’s the grandmothers who help around the house. India still has the concept of a joint family, wherein we live with our parents and sometimes aunts, uncles, and cousins too, so it is not very uncommon to have the grandmother already living in the home. In urban cities, most people get help from Nannies or Newborn Care Specialists. Jappas, as they are called, come from Kolkata (a city in the Eastern part of the country) and specialize in newborn and new mom care. They are booked beforehand and called on when the mom is in the hospital for delivery. By the time mom delivers the baby and returns home, Jappas are there to take over. They do everything — from cleaning, feeding, changing, burping, swaddling etc. to making healthy and nutritious food for mom to promote milk production. They are what we call “baby experts”.

What does that care entail?
R: They provide massages for both mom and baby, and help out with feeding, burping, changing, swaddling, — anything and everything the baby needs. They sleep in the same room as the mom, and they are there for the first 40 days of the baby’s life. In our culture, we can only leave the house after 40 days (outside of doctor’s visits), as mom is still recovering and the baby hardly has any immunity.

Do these practices differ depending on socioeconomic status or class?
R: Absolutely! Nannies and maids are not cheap, but even a middle class person can often afford them. Jappas can be expensive, but they are a lifesaver for many families. In fact, one of my cousins had her first baby and did not hire a Jappa. However, she saw the difference in the care between her firstborn and others’ children, and she was impressed. She is currently pregnant again and has already booked one for once the baby is born. If a family can afford to hire a Jappa, they often do — it’s an investment in their child and their family’s future.

Thank you for sharing your culture with us, Rupanshi! It’s fascinating to hear about birth practices and newborn care in other parts of the world. We could definitely get on board with those massages for mom too!

If you are looking for a Newborn Care Specialist, Contact Us to find out how we can help you.

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Nanny Appreciation

 

In our previous post, It’s Time to Check In with the Nanny , we encouraged families to check in with Nannies and show their appreciation for their hard work and ongoing support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. With this in mind, we have put together some suggestions for how to show the Nanny that you appreciate them. When it comes to expressing gratitude, remember that a caregiver who feels valued and appreciated is more likely to stay with a family than one who does not.

Here are some ways and gift ideas to show appreciation for your nanny:

Say “thank you”

How do you let the Nanny know that you appreciate them without spending a dime? Tell them! It’s always nice to get verbal recognition for the work that you’re doing. Encourage your children and other family members to do the same too.

Cards

Giving the Nanny a thank you card is another easy way to express your gratitude and acknowledge their hard work. A homemade card, one signed by the whole family and/or decorated by the kids, is especially thoughtful.

Evaluate the Nanny’s benefits

Does the Nanny receive guaranteed pay and overtime? Are they entitled to paid sick days, time off, and/or holidays? What about health benefits? Are they reimbursed for work-related costs, such as cell phone use, car mileage, gas, etc.? Do you provide annual bonuses? These are some benefits to consider offering the Nanny if you don’t already have them in place.

Paid day off

Giving the Nanny an additional paid day off (separate from their usual paid vacation time) is another great way to show your appreciation. Bonus: you’ve already budgeted to pay for childcare that day, so it doesn’t really cost you extra.

Bonus pay

If you can afford to pay the Nanny a bonus, do it! Now more than ever, many Nannies are struggling to make ends meet financially (especially those who are only working part-time or have been laid off from their other jobs due to the pandemic), and any form of bonus pay is guaranteed to be appreciated.

Treat them to a day at the spa

Self-care is essential, but caregivers often have a hard time making their own self-care a priority. Treating the Nanny to a day at the spa is one way to say “thank you” while also promoting them to have some much needed rest and relaxation.

Gift cards

You can get the Nanny a gift card to one of their favourite stores, a local restaurant, or even to the spa. Gift cards are a great alternative to cash bonuses, as they encourage the Nanny to treat themselves to something they really want, but may not ever buy for themselves.

A special meal

Many restaurants are not offering dine-in service due to the pandemic, but you can still treat the Nanny to a special takeout meal of their choice. Many restaurants and food delivery services (such as UberEats, DoorDash, etc.) offer gift cards, so the Nanny can enjoy a delicious restaurant meal from the comfort of their own home.

Homemade gifts

Getting the children to make thank you gifts is another sweet, thoughtful way to show the Nanny how much your family appreciates them. Pinterest is a great place to find simple homemade gift and arts and crafts ideas.

Nanny vouchers

Another creative way to show your appreciation is by putting together a book of vouchers for the Nanny. Vouchers can include “Good for one paid day off”, “Leave one hour early”, “Takeout dinner of your choice”, and many others.

Gift baskets

Gift baskets are a classic way of saying “thank you”. Many places sell beautiful gift baskets with curated locally made products, gourmet foods, or a variety of other themed items. Choose something special that reflects the Nanny’s personal taste and/or specific interests.

Fresh flowers

Having fresh flowers delivered to your Nanny’s home is another thoughtful and unexpected way to show your appreciation. Most cities have floral delivery services, but leaving a bouquet of flowers out in your home with a card addressed to the Nanny is also a nice gesture.

Film a family “thank you” video

Filming a “thank you” video takes a little bit more effort and coordination, but it is an incredibly thoughtful way of letting the Nanny know just how much they mean to the entire family. It can make for a fun project for the family as well!

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The Newborn Care Solution

The Nanny Solution is delighted to announce that we are now offering the professional services of Newborn Care Specialists! 

A Newborn Care Specialist is a highly specialized and trained child care professional who focuses on the care and well being of newborn infants.

How is a Newborn Care Specialist different from a regular Nanny?

  • As a newborn care professional, a specialist generally works independently with minimal guidance from parents.
  • They are well versed in helping establish good feeding and sleeping habits in newborns.
  • They are familiar with behaviours, appearance, and general care of newborns.
  • They may also have experience caring for preemies and multiples.
  • They understand and recognize signs of possible food allergies, intolerances, and reflux in newborns, and know ways to help.
  • They have an understanding of Postpartum Mood Disorders, can recognize them, and confidently address them as they arise.

How can a Newborn Care Specialist help you and your family?

  • They can provide support with sleeping, feeding, and development of newborns during their first 3 to 6 months.
  • They can set up and execute a successful plan for getting your newborn to sleep through the night and nap well.
  • They can be hired to care for your newborn for overnight shifts or around the clock the care (usually a 20-hr shift).
  • They understand the value of, and can support, a breastfeeding or chestfeeding parent.
  • They can educate and build up parents in caring for their newborn while supporting their values.

If you’re interested in hiring a Newborn Care Specialist to help care for your little one, Contact Us.