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.

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.

 

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.

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.

 

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!