What are the Benefits of a Nanny Share?

benefits of a nanny shareFor families looking for ways to cut child care costs, a nanny share is one option. Families can hire a nanny to watch their respective children simultaneously, or a nanny can work part-time for two different families. In either case, the families share the cost and still enjoy the benefits a nanny provides.

The main benefit of a nanny share is affordability – between the cost of hiring a nanny and the cost of daycare, child care is not cheap. But with a nanny share, families pay a more reasonable amount, as each family pays only a portion of the nanny’s hourly rate instead of what you’d pay if you hired her on your own.

Example: if the going rate for a nanny in our area is $600 per week, then nanny share families would each pay a reduced rate of about $400 per week. That means each family is saving $200 per week over what they’d pay if they hired the nanny for just their own family. Over the course of a year, that adds up to a lot of savings.

It’s also great for the nanny, as she’s now making an extra $200 per week, which is very reasonable since caring for two families requires extra coordination and schedules.

NOTE: Household employers who participate in a nanny share must both be set up as employers and take care of the payroll, taxes, benefits, etc. It is illegal to have one family reimburse the other for their share of the nanny’s wages. When sharing a nanny, BOTH families must provide all the necessary payroll and tax paperwork. It would be the same as a person working for both McDonald’s and Burger King; the employee would receive separate paychecks, separate W-2’s, separate insurance coverage, etc.

Tips for Making a Nanny Share Work

  • The family with which you enter a nanny share should have a child-rearing style similar to your own, since the nanny will be caring for both family’s children at the same time.
  • The children in both your family and your nanny share family should be around the same age, so their progression stays consistent.
  • If your children and your nanny share family’s children don’t already know each other, make sure the kids all get along before starting a nanny share. You want to ensure the children are compatible and avoid any potential behavioral problems.
  • Make sure both families clearly communicate their expectations with the nanny. All parties should be involved in determining the nanny’s work schedule, when she will be off for holidays, and how much vacation time she receives.

For more information, read about Eight Steps to a Successful Nanny Share, then contact us if you have any questions.

When is a Child Too Sick for a Nanny?

child too sick for a nannyOne of the worst feelings a parent can have is when their child is sick, especially when the child is too young to communicate exactly how they’re feeling, where it hurts, etc. Needing child care can complicate things when a child is ill. Parents often don’t like to leave their children when they’re not feeling well, but sometimes they simply can’t stay home. Certain illnesses are contagious, however, and so exposing a caregiver to a contagious child can become an issue. So when is a child too sick for a nanny?

A New England Nanny will provide nannies or babysitters to mildly ill children. “Mildly ill” is interpreted to mean the child:

  • does not have an excessively high fever
  • has preferably been to a doctor
  • is recuperating from an illness such as: cold, ear infection, fever, minor injury, pink eye*, strep throat*, tonsillitis, or intestinal disorder.

*For contagious illnesses that are treatable with medication, the child must be on an antibiotic for at least 24 hours.

For contagious illnesses that are not treated with medication, A New England Nanny has the right to refuse care due to the possibility of spreading the illness to the caregiver, who in turn could spread the illness to other homes/children they may work with. These illnesses include:

  • stomach flu
  • hand-foot-and-mouth disease
  • chicken pox
  • measles
  • mumps, and others

These are conditions that may warrant care being refused. A caregiver has the right to refuse to stay, if upon arrival, conditions are different that were initially described to the agency’s representatives.

Please contact us at (518) 348-0400 if you have any questions.

Domestic Employment Laws in New York State

domestic employment laws in new york stateWhen it comes to paying household employees, A New England Nanny recognizes that nannies, housekeepers, senior care workers, etc. are professionals who should be compensated legally by employers with the appropriate taxes and benefits in mind. Here in New York, there are many nuances and details to know when it comes to paying domestic workers.

GTM Payroll Services has put together a guide for household employers in the Empire State to understand their responsibilities when it comes to paying their domestic worker. The guide is also beneficial to household employees for knowing their rights and what benefits they are entitled to.

Not only are there things like minimum wage, overtime, and workers’ compensation insurance to consider, but New York is one of only a handful of states to have a Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, which contains many protections and regulations specific to household employees. Plus New York has a Paid Family Leave law that all employers must abide by. Other items like disability insurance, the new employer SUI rate, and the state’s taxable wage base all must be considered when paying a household employee in New York.

Check out GTM’s guide, and if you have more questions about being a household employer in New York, contact them for a free consultation.

Vaccinations Up to Date for Back to School Season?

back to school vaccinationsParents – it’s back to school time; are your kids’ vaccinations up to date? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a recommended schedule of immunizations for infants, small children, pre-teens, and teens. This schedule is designed to protect infants and children early in life, when they are most vulnerable and before they are exposed to potentially life-threatening diseases, and then to continue the prevention in older children.

The schedules show the age or age range when each vaccine or series of shots is recommended. There is also a catch-up scheduler tool to see recommended vaccination dates if your child has missed any shots. Your pediatrician can answer any questions you may have.

2018 Recommended Immunizations for Children from Birth Through 6 Years Old

2018 Recommended Immunizations for Children from 7 Through 18 Years Old

As children return to school, there are requirements in New York State regarding vaccinations. Make sure you are aware of these before your children start school. For questions regarding child care programs, schools, and post-secondary institutions, contact the NYS Dept. of Health Bureau of Immunization’s School Assessment and Compliance Unit:

Phone: 518-474-1944

Email: osas@health.ny.gov

The Importance of Nanny Daily Reports

nanny daily reportEmploying a nanny or other domestic worker is often mistakenly handled as an informal work situation. In fact, it is a professional endeavor requiring formal personnel practices and policies. One of these practices can be receiving a daily report from your nanny. Many parents want to know details about what their child(ren) did all day, including things like meals, snacks, naps, activities, any places you went, and any behavioral issues (good or bad). If a child is sick, the report is a great place to record any medication given, including the dosage and time administered. Parents can use the report to write reminders or important information their nanny might need on a given day.

Some parents may wish to keep the reports in a binder to track their child’s progress and routines, and see how things change over time. A collection of reports can be a fun gift to give the child when they are older.

The nanny daily report can be on a simple pre-printed form that the nanny fills out throughout the day. Many examples of these can be downloaded for free online – just search for “nanny daily reports” and you’ll see many sites that offer these, such as this one from parent24.com:

nanny daily reports

If you and your nanny have more high-tech leanings, there are many apps you can download to track feeding schedules, diaper changes, activities, and medical information. Many of these apps allow for photo sharing and notes so no detail is missed. Some apps also let you track your nanny’s hours and any overtime that occurs. Many of these apps let you add other family members or school staff, and the information is synced in real time so all parties have all the info at the same time. Some of the apps we’ve come across are Daily Nanny, Baby Connect, and Nanny Notes – you can find them in the Google Play Store (for Android devices) or the App Store (for Apple devices).

Whether you use the printed version or an app, make sure you and your nanny discuss these reports so the nanny knows what’s expected of her, allowing for good communication and a smooth working relationship.

 

Downtown Albany Goes to the Dogs!

downtown albany dogs

We are very excited to partner with the Downtown Albany, New York Business Improvement District (BID) to be a vendor at an upcoming painting event for Albany-area families…and their dogs! Paw-Casso: Paw-painting for pups & people! will be held at the brand new Olde English Downtown Dog Park (located inside Wallenberg Park in downtown Albany at the intersection of Broadway, Clinton Avenue, and N. Pearl Street) on Saturday, August 25 from 11am-2pm.

For a $5 suggested donation, you’ll receive safe, washable paints and a canvas for your dog to customize with their own unique paw prints. All proceeds will benefit the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society.

Local pet-centric vendors will be at the Olde English Downtown Dog Park with goods and services for your pup. Stop by our table to learn about our pet-sitting services!

A raffle featuring prizes from The Olde English Pub and the Downtown Albany, New York BID will benefit the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society.

FREE PARKING is available in the ParkAlbany Quackenbush Garage (25 Orange Street – across from the Dog Park on Broadway).

We hope to see you and your furry friends on the 25th!

8 Summer Day Trips from the Albany NY Area

day trips albany nyParents and nannies are often on the lookout for new ideas for keeping the kids entertained. But sometimes the usual local haunts and activities just won’t cut it. Sometimes you need to pile into the car and hit the road! Luckily the Capital Region of New York offers plenty to do just a short drive from the Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga, and Troy areas. Here are eight places that are sure to be fun for both you and the youngsters.

  1. Cooperstown – just 90 minutes from Albany, this little town is world famous for the National Baseball Hall of Fame. But even if you don’t have baseball fans in your family, there is plenty else to see and do. The Farmer’s Museum is one of the oldest “living history museums,” featuring exhibits, craft demonstrations, and hand-on activities that show what life was like centuries ago. It’s fun and educational for all ages. There is boating and kayaking on Otsego Lake (also known as Glimmerglass Lake), and the cute town features lots of shopping and dining.
  2. Lake George – the “Queen of American Lakes” is an hour from Albany, and has plenty to offer for the whole family. Miniature golf courses and ice cream shops can be found all around Lake George Village, with great shopping and dining along the waterfront. Numerous types of boat cruises and other water activities are always popular, including swimming in the sparkly clear water. There hiking trails in the hills surrounding the lake, and the historically-inclined will enjoy Fort William Henry, French and Indian War site from the 1700’s.
  3. Howe Caverns – an absolutely stunning adventure, and only 45 minutes from Albany! Several types of cave tours are offered, depending on age and how adventurous you are, but the basic tour is perfect for families of all ages. The enormous caverns are lit with multi-colored lights, highlighting the intricate details of this subterranean wonder. Plus there’s a short boat ride on the underground river! Beautiful rock formations and the comfortable year-round temperature make this a must-see for Capital Region families. During the summer, there’s an outdoor activity area with zip lines, rock walls, and more.
  4. Manchester, Vermont – the Green Mountains of Vermont are beautiful during every season, and Manchester is a great place to begin exploring. Manchester is an hour and a half from Albany, and you’ll find plenty of charming shops, restaurants offering delicious local fare, and historical buildings to wander by. Just outside of town there is a wealth of hiking and biking trails, fishing excursions on local lakes, and just taking in the natural beauty of southern Vermont.
  5. Lake Placid – It might only be a couple of hours from Albany, but this village in the Adirondacks feels like it’s a world away. Gorgeous flowers and trees surround the huge lake, and the year-round activities are bound to keep families entertained. In the summer, hike the bridges around High Falls Gorge or the trails at Cobble Hill, or take the mountain bikes out for some action. Of course lots of fun is to be had on the lake itself – waterskiing and tubing, cliff diving, or just a leisurely cruise around the water will hit the spot. The winter season offers some of the best skiing in the Northeast, especially Whiteface Mountain. You can also check out the Olympic Center, the Olympic Jumping Complex, and the Olympic Sports Complex, all created for the 1980 Winter Olympics. The Village of Lake Placid features great dining options at its many restaurants, hotels and resorts, with fun shopping experiences on Main Street, and many cultural activities.
  6. Kaaterskill Falls – Just over an hour away from Albany is one of the most picturesque waterfalls in the region. Kaaterskill Falls is the highest cascading waterfall in New York State, with more than a 260-foot drop! Renowned painters and photographers have captured the beauty of this natural wonder, and the trail to reach the falls is less than 1.5 miles round-trip, making it doable for many kids. However, caution is advised as the rocks near the falls can be very slippery – make sure everyone stays on the marked trail.
  7. Hudson – When you think of the Hudson Valley, the town of Hudson is what should spring to mind. A frequent destination of visitors from New York City looking to escape to the tranquility of Upstate NY, Hudson has lots to offer, and it’s only about 45 minutes from Albany. This walkable town features a shopping district, historic architecture, and is home to numerous restaurants of all kinds. Surrounded by farms, there is a focus on local, farm-to-table eating that draws foodies from all over the state. 10 minutes outside of town is the Olana State Historic Site, a 250-acre landscape designed by artist Frederic Edwin Church. The grounds feature a Persian-inspired house at its summit, showcasing amazing panoramic views of the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains.
  8. Natural Stone Bridge and Caves Park – Located a little under 90 minutes from Albany in Pottersville, NY, this site includes natural formations that are over a billion years old! Also featuring the largest marble cave entrance in the east, this beautiful area can be explored via a self-guided trail that winds around waterfalls and deep pools. Some of the caves are accessible by foot, but others require spelunking gear. Tours are available during the summer for the more adventurous. Kids can also enjoy the playground, rock walls, gemstone mining, dinosaur bone digs, and there’s even a disc golf course for those so inclined.

As you can see, there’s fun for everyone – and you don’t have to go very far to find it! Have a favorite day trip destination? Tell us about it in the comments. And if you need an extra hand with the kids on one of these trips, or want to leave the little ones behind so you can get away for the day, call us at (518) 348-0400 and we’ll send a professional caregiver to help.

July Nanny of the Month!

july nanny of the monthIt’s time again to recognize a member of the A New England Nanny team that has WOWed our clients!

This staff member has only been with us less than a year, but in that time has proven to be a real team player. She is being recognized for:

  1. Providing excellent care, based on client feedback
  2. Working without hesitation when available.
  3. Keeping her schedule current and correct
  4. Her superb communication with the agency, always following up in a timely fashion when contacted

For these reasons, Kyra has been named our July Nanny of the Month! Thank you Kyra for positively representing A New England Nanny and being an integral part of the team. We appreciate all you do for our families.

We are very pleased and lucky to have Kyra on board as part of our staff.  She will be awarded a $50 Visa gift card and our many thanks for being a positive representation of the agency.

Do you need a Kyra for your family? Call us at (518) 348-0400 and let us know how we can help.

Child Care & Housekeeping During Saratoga’s Track Season

child care housekeeping saratoga trackAnd they’re off! Today is opening day for the 2018 Saratoga Springs horse racing season, and whether you live in the area or will be visiting during this exciting time of year, we have your child care and housekeeping needs covered.

Track season in Saratoga is great for families – the thrilling races, the food, and fun activities are abundant during these six weeks. But we know that sometimes you want some “grown-up time,” especially for the nightlife in Saratoga after the horses have gone to the stables for the night. That’s where we come in. Let us send a professional, experienced babysitter to your home to take care of the kids while you hit the town. Staying at a hotel? Our thoroughly screened caregivers can simply stay in the room with the kids, or at the family’s request, they can chaperone children to local museums and attractions, take them swimming in the hotel pool, see a movie, or grab a bite to eat while you’re enjoying the great restaurants and shopping Saratoga offers.

If you live in town and will be hosting out-of-town guests or throwing a track season bash, we have professional housekeepers to get your house in top form. We’ll clean, organize, and help with running errands and preparing food – whatever you need for a Winner’s Circle-worthy event!

If you need child care or housekeeping during the Fasig Tipton yearling sale, the Whitney, the Travers Stakes, or any of the terrific events during Saratoga’s track season, let us know how we can help. Call (518) 348-0400 or visit our website to learn more.

Fun in Lake Placid 2018

Last week we had the opportunity to once again provide child care services for Edward Jones Investments during their conference at the Crowne Plaza Lake Placid! The children of the conference attendees got to play games, do arts and crafts, and meet some wild animals! All while in the hands of our professional, loving caregivers.

Check out some photos below. If you or your organization needs child care during conferences and events, please contact us and we’ll work with you to make it fun for all.