What is an appropriate Nanny Summer Wardrobe?

Do you have a dress code for work? Do you have a “uniform” you are required to wear?  Even if your employer does not make you wear a specific uniform, you should have a “Nanny Uniform” for yourself and know the “do’s” and “don’ts”, especially when it comes to summer attire.

A uniform does not have to mean a starched dress, hat and formal gloves like the Norlan Nannies wear in the UK. Although they look classic, the look is not for your typical US household, and not always the most functional. You could create your own Nanny Uniform with just Khaki shorts and a polo shirt.

Although being a nanny requires you play on the floor, run outside or go to the park, that doesn’t mean you can roll out of bed and head to work.  You should always be appropriately dressed as a professional nanny and even keep an extra set of clothes in the car for those unforeseen accidents.  Not only are you representing yourself, you’re also a reflection of the family and the child(ren) you’re taking care of. You can dress in comfortable, but professional clothes without breaking the bank.

 

 

Great places for Nanny wardrobe essentials:
www.gap.com

www.hm.com

www.target.com

www.oldnavy.com

A great general rule of thumb, if you wouldn’t wear it in front of your grandparents, don’t wear it to work?

If you have questions on suitable attire, it is always appropriate to ask the the families you’re working with, or call First Class Care.

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Why You Should Send Your Nanny to National Nanny Training Day!

First Class Care, Inc. is excited to be the Chicago sponsor of National Nanny Training Day! We are having a full day of training featuring several amazing speakers in a variety of categories to help you increase your skills.

Along with all 6 great training sessions, we will have raffle prizes, goodie bags and an amazing lunch provided by First Class Care and our sponsors. You will go home with a certificate indicating your participation in National Nanny Training Day 2014.

All nannies and childcare providers are welcome!

Why You Should Send Your Nanny to National Nanny Training Day!

Learn Today, Use Tomorrow Sessions:
Your nanny will learn new strategies and solution to challenging behaviors and ages and stages transitions. She’ll leave a more confident and competent nanny!
Job Satisfaction:
Connecting with other like-minded nannies, learning new ways of doing things, being appreciated for great work she does all lead to a renewed sense of enthusiasm and commitment.
Develop Local Network:
Your nanny will meet other nannies from the local area. This is a great way to find play groups, learn about kid-friendly activities and places plus build a professional network of other dedicated nannies.

AMAZING VALUE (tickets are $55)
What do you get for the price of admission?
6 GREAT Sessions which will help your nanny in her career
Networking with other Professional Nannies
Full Buffet Lunch and Snacks
AMAZING Swag Bag full of products, information and coupons
(each bag is worth over $40)
Access to OVER $4,000 in raffle prizes including a MINI iPAD!
A FUN day for your Nanny!

BUY YOUR NANNY A TICKET TODAY!

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Nanny Delia – Candidate Spotlight of the Week

Delia is a college graduate and has 6 years of nanny experience with newborns and up including TWINS. She is organized, loyal and dependable.

Delia is seeking a full time Nanny position.
She is VERY flexible.
Gross hourly rate?  $18.00 – $25.00

 

What childcare tasks are you willing to perform? Bathe Children · Clean Children’s Room · Clean Children’s Bathroom · Make Children’s Beds · Organize Play Areas · Children’s Laundry · Children’s Bed Linens · Children’s Meals · Read to Children · Art Projects · Outdoor Sports · Arrange Play Dates · Purchase Children’s Clothes · Supervise Outdoor Play · Play Music

What household tasks are you willing to perform? Vacuum · Dust · Cook for family · Grocery Shopping · Run Errands · Pet Care

Why do you think you are qualified for this position? I am qualified for this position because I have extensive experience with multiples, infants and toddlers.I am a graduate from Loyola Univ. of Chicago. I have a solid educational background. I also have recently just graduated from nursing school.I have over 7 yrs of nursing experience and 10 yrs of babysitting.I worked as a certified nursing assistant. My experience has given me the skills to work with infants to grade school age children w/ various conditions and which helps me provide the best care possible.

 

What Delia’s References Said about her…
She is our nanny mary poppins! She is super organized.when I come home everything is clean and dinner is ready. She doesn’t have any weakness…shes a superhero in our family!

Delia is a diamond. If you get her consider yourself like you won the jack pot.

If you would like to find out more about Delia and many more amazing nannies please contact us at 847-733-2700

 

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National Nanny Training Day Registration is OPEN

First Class Care, Inc. is excited to be the Chicago sponsor of National Nanny Training Day! We are having a full day of training featuring several amazing speakers in a variety of categories to help you increase your skills.

Along with all 6 great training sessions, we will have raffle prizes, goodie bags and an amazing lunch provided by First Class Care and our sponsors. You will go home with a certificate indicating your participation in National Nanny Training Day 2014.

All nannies and childcare providers are welcome!

For complete details visit:  NNTD2014 Registration

 

Check out this video from last years event!

 

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Win a family ticket to the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago

Nannies and Moms, it’s your chance to win a family ticket to the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago. The ticket grants one family of 4 (2 adults, 2 kids) access to all of the Legoland Discovery Center’s fabulous attractions.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center is made up of a series of interactive features to immerse kids into a world where their imagination can run wild with creative inspiration at every turn.  Featuring a whole host of exciting attractions from the Kingdom Quest ride to an amazing recreation of the Chicago’ most iconic buildings, the Center not only provides fun for LEGO fans young and old, but fantastic educational benefits too.

To learn more about the rides and kids attractions at the Center, visit WEBSITE

 

 

For a chance to win a wonderful family day; enter the contest today on the First Class Care Facebook Fan Page http://woobox.com/4xgaac

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FREE WINTER SAFETY INSPECTION

Does your Nanny use her own car to drive your kids?
Make sure she gets her car checked out for WINTER!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREE WINTER SAFETY INSPECTION at DUXLER

Check Includes:
Tires
Breaks
Suspension
Battery
Radiator
Hoses
Wipers
Coolant
Level
Tops off all fluids

Make an appointment TODAY!
http://www.duxlerautocare.com

Additional Nanny Coupon Offer:
$20.95 standard oil change (up to 5 qts standard weight oil),, or a 5% off one line item for repair/maintenance, $100 maximum savings (excludes tire purchases, tax is not included)

Make sure and print out this post or show on your phone when you arrive to your appointment.

 

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Top 5 Stocking Stuffers for Your Nanny

Make your nanny feel special this holiday with a fun filled stocking!

  1. Subscription to Nanny Magazine
    Nanny Magazine is a unique magazine just for nannies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.  Ticket to National Nanny Training Day 2014
Send your Nanny to the Training event of the YEAR!
She will not only have a great time, but also be learning.

 

 

 

 

3.  Membership to INA (International Nanny Association)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.  Gift Cards (Amazon, Starbucks, Movies, Massage)

 

 

 

 

5. Ornament made by the kids special for the nanny!
Have the kids make something special that the nanny can treasure!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy the holidays with your nanny!

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New Years Eve Babysitters Available

Are you looking to enjoy a night out for New Years Eve without worry? Hire a professional nanny to care for your kids and give them a fun night to remember as well!

First Class Care babysitters go through the same in-depth interview and screening process as all of our care specialists and are available for placement throughout the Chicagoland area.

New Years Eve Babysitting Fees:
$30 agency fee
$20 an hour paid to the babysitter directly (5 hour min)
Parking must be provided or paid for.
Cancellation Policy:
If you need to cancel service after a sitter is confirmed a $50 fee will be charged
If you cancel service less than 48 hours in advance a $100 fee will be charged
Service requests with less than 24 hour notice is a $10 additional fee
Contact First Class Care at 847-733-2700 Today!
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Nanny Magazine Launch Party December 7, 2013

First Class Care is excited to help sponsor the Nanny Magazine Launch Party!
The is a great event to attend! Hope to see you there!

Register Here: http://www.NannyMag.eventbrite.com

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Tips for tipping during the holidays

Expert advice on taking care of those who take care of us.

 

 

The day after Halloween, I saw a person setting up his Christmas decorations. As I tried not to drive off the road, it dawned on me that the holidays will be here sooner than we think. Buying presents for family, friends and loved ones are a given. But what should we give the baby sitters, mail carriers, nannies and teachers who watch over our children or homes in our absence?

“Giving a tip or bonus is not required, but it’s that little something extra that tells people in your life that you appreciate them,” said Erin Krex, founder of the Illinois placement agency First Class Care. “These people are taking care of your personal space — your home and your children which are your most important prized possession. You don’t have to break the bank, but it’s also not the place to skimp.”

Krex said “cash is definitely king,” with gift cards coming in a close second. And if times are tough, Krex said even a hand-written note of appreciation can do the trick.

“Domestic workers such as a nanny, housekeeper or baby sitter — because they’re working in the home, they know if times are tough,” she said. “We always say, if you can’t give what you gave last year then always give them a card saying how much they are appreciated so they don’t think the lack of bonus is related to their work. Perhaps you can give them days off if you have work flexibility? Let them know you care and they matter. They want to know they are making their employers happy.”

Here are Krex’s guidelines for tipping during the holidays.

Domestic help— nanny or housekeeper: “What is typical is to give one week’s pay as a holiday bonus if they’ve been there for a year or more,” she said. “If they’ve been there five or ten years, typical is two weeks pay. If they’ve been there for less than a year — it’s one day’s pay for every month they’ve been there.”

Baby sitter: “If you have a Saturday night baby sitter that you use on a regular basis, their bonus is usually equal to one or two nights’ pay,” she said.

Teachers or bus drivers: “My son’s school bus driver is amazing and tells us if there is anything happening on the bus, so she gets $30-$50 gift cards,” she said. (There is usually a rule with schools that you shouldn’t be giving cash, so Krex said to check with your school district.)

“For a teacher, send an email to the parents of the class and give a gift as a group so each family pitches in $5-$10. And definitely add a personalized note.”

Doorman or garbageman: “This depends on how much they do for you, but if your doorman is calling for your car or bringing up your laundry, that bonus can be between $50-$150,” she said.

“A nice tip for a garbageman is $20,” she said.

UPS, FedEx or mail carrier: “If you’re a big online shopper and you see your UPS person or your mail carrier once a week, a holiday card with money or a gift card is truly appreciated,” she said. “A typical amount is anywhere from $20-$50. If you see your UPS person daily, you don’t want them to throw your packages!”

Published in Chicago Tribune 11/5/13

By: Jen Weigel
Lessons for life
http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/life/ct-tribu-weigel-holiday-tipping-20131105,0,4702635.column

jweigel@tribune.com
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