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

Back to School Transition for Families and Nannies

back to school transition for families and nanniesIt’s almost that time of year again when the relaxed schedules of summer end, and the rigid school day routines begin. With back to school season upon us, many families need to start preparing for trying to get their children back on a schedule. There will be homework and after school activities, and everyone has to be up earlier in the morning and in bed earlier at night. This is something the family prepares their nanny for as well.

Nannies should  know in advance what the criteria is for the school year in terms of the schedule and or any changes that will impact their jobs. Their job description may change with regard to the number of scheduled hours if she is caring for school-aged children, along with the demands of the job, such as getting the children up and ready for school, packing lunches, meeting the children at the bus stop, and helping with homework. If a family currently has a nanny who doesn’t usually perform functions like meal preparation, transportation, or homework help, they need to discuss these duties with their nanny and see if she is willing to take on these new tasks. If so, additional compensation may need to be negotiated. If not, it may be time to find a new nanny.

Another thing to consider is the age of the children. Often nannies who have been with a family for a while move on to another position once the children start going to school full-time. Sometimes that nanny will stay with the family and take on other responsibilities like housekeeping and running errands. But some nannies may only want to do full-time child care, and in that case, the nanny will move on to another family. This type of situation can be potentially difficult to deal with. The children she cared for during her employment will certainly have questions about why she’s no longer with them, and in the case of younger kids, they may have developed a real attachment that can be difficult to reconcile. The family should be involved in communicating an employee’s departure plans with the children. Families may ask the nanny to explain to children why they are leaving the home, what his or her plans are, and how the change may affect the family. Sometimes hearing the news from the nanny may allow the children to understand the situation better.

All in all, this time of year can be a little uneasy with regard to child care, but we are here to make the transition easier for both families and nannies.

Contact us at (518) 348-0400 and let us know how we can help.

Celebrate Our 25th Anniversary with 25% Off!

celebrating 25 years with 25% offIt’s hard to believe that we have been in business for 25 years, but here we are, still serving the Capital Region as the only fully licensed and insured household placement agency in town. And as our way of saying thanks to all the families we’ve worked with over the years, we have a special offer for you.

Are you looking to hire a part-time or full-time nanny for the summer or when school starts up in the fall? Need a babysitter for a date night? How about some help cleaning the house for a graduation party or other get-togethers? Sign up for temporary services and get 25% off your membership fee, a savings of over $30!

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Contact us now at (518) 348-0400 to take advantage of our 25th Anniversary savings.