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.

 

Do You Need to Hire a Senior Care Worker?

need to hire a senior care workerIt’s never easy to realize a senior loved one can no longer live completely independently and needs some assistance. But in order to provide the best quality of life possible, some seniors will need a companion or other caregiver to help them stay in their own home. Seniors may also require help with maintaining their home, especially if they are aging in place in their own house. Here are some possible signs that you need to hire a senior care worker.

Signs Your Senior Needs Help at Home

  • Spoiled food that does not get thrown away
  • Missing important appointments
  • Unexplained bruising
  • Difficulty getting up from a seated position
  • Difficulty with walking, balance, and mobility
  • Uncertainty and confusion when performing once familiar tasks
  • Forgetfulness
  • Unpleasant body odor
  • Infrequent showering or bathing
  • A strong smell of urine in the house
  • Noticeable decline in grooming habits and personal care
  • Dirty house, extreme clutter, and dirty laundry piling up
  • Stacks of unopened mail or an overflowing mailbox
  • Late payment notices, bounced checks, and calls from bill collectors
  • Poor diet or weight loss
  • Loss of interest in hobbies and activities
  • Changes in mood or extreme mood swings
  • Forgetting to take medications, or taking incorrect dosages
  • Unexplained dents and scratches on a car

Whatever type of help your senior needs, family caregivers cannot do it alone. That’s where we come in. Our senior care companion services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We offer on-call, temporary, part-time, or full-time options to meet your specific needs.

Contact us at (518) 348-0400 and let us know how we can make your life easier.

7 Nanny Transition Tips

nanny transition tipsEnding a job is never easy.  Whether it is the nanny’s or the family’s decision, or a mutual agreement to part ways, there are many things for nannies to take into consideration during this time of transition. To help you through this challenging and unsure time, we have developed some nanny transition tips and helpful resources to get caregivers back on track and on the way to the next great chapter in their career.

Transition Checklist

  • Make sure to return any items that your employer provided you during employment (i.e. car or house keys, car seats, garage door opener, gas card, cell phone, etc.).
  • Make sure you understand the process of receiving your final paycheck and any remaining pay (severance) that has been agreed upon.
  • Ask for a letter of reference from your employer.
  • If applicable, contact the agency you were placed through to notify them of the situation and to reactivate your profile with them.
  • If you have been involuntarily terminated or you feel you are entitled to unemployment benefits, contact your state’s unemployment office to find out if you are eligible (see resource #2 below).
  • If you have medical or dental insurance through your employer, find out if you are eligible for COBRA or Mini-COBRA (see resource #1 below).
  • Make sure to update your previous employer if your address changes so the proper W2 year-end tax information is sent to the correct location prior to January 31st of the following calendar year.

Helpful Resources

1)      Health/Dental Continuation Coverage

2)      State Unemployment Benefits

3)      Job Placement Resources

  • NannyJobs.com (http://www.nannyjobs.com) is a job posting site where household placement agencies recruit for nannies and other household employees.  Create a profile, apply to jobs, and search the agency directory for a placement agency near you.
  • My Next Move (http://www.mynextmove.org/): Search careers by keywords, browse careers by industry, and discover your interests and related careers.  Receive a job market outlook, salary range, and suggestions for similar occupations.     
  • Sponsored by the US Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration, CareerOneStop (http://www.careeronestop.org/) provides local resources to explore new careers, find education and training, get advice on resumes and cover letters, interview tips, salary negotiation, and more.

Best of luck in your job search and your future endeavors!

Capital Region Wedding and Event Child Care

capital region wedding child careWhether you’re hosting or attending a conference, meeting, wedding, or corporate party in the Capital Region, A New England Nanny’s professional team is skilled at expertly addressing the individual child care needs of each event, allowing you and your staff the freedom to focus on other things.

Weddings

When it comes to weddings, one issue that may arise is whether or not children should be invited. While some couples may wish to avoid any screaming tantrums or general disruptiveness that young children may provide, they also know that friends or family members may find it difficult to attend the wedding if they cannot bring their kids. This can make for an awkward and uncomfortable situation.

With A New England Nanny, the happy couple doesn’t have to make that choice! We work with wedding planners, brides, and hotels to ensure that their child care is covered by our experts. Now you can let your guests bring their children to your wedding, comfortable in the knowledge that they are being well-cared for away from your ceremony.

Conferences and Events

Choosing A New England Nanny to manage an event’s child care needs ensures a safe and fun time for the children, as well as a seamless, worry-free experience for you, your staff, and your clientele.

Providing services to groups of any size, A New England Nanny takes great pride in the high-level of service that we can offer you and your clients, including staffing, pre-planning and coordination, scheduling and vendor negotiation as needed, as well as managing on-site representatives.

Our phenomenal team of qualified Child Care Professionals and experienced Event Coordinators work to ensure an enjoyable experience for all children and their parents.

Our Conference & Event Child Care Coordinators expertly manage:

  • All Planning & Staffing
  • Family & Child Registration
  • Activities and/or Kid’s Camp
  • And Much More…

A New England Nanny creates age-appropriate programs designed to meet your clients’ specific needs. We are experienced in coordinating everything from simple events that utilize favorite games and activities, to more elaborate events that incorporate bounce houses, live entertainment, and more.

Interested in meeting with our knowledgeable Conference & Event Coordinators? Call (518) 348-0400.

Download our New Brochure!

We are excited to show you the new A New England Nanny brochure!

Please feel free to download it and share with anyone who needs child care, senior care, housekeeping, pet sitting, emergency backup care, hotel and event child care, or just about any other household employment service.

Let us know what you think!