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Come See Us at the Kidz Expo!

hannaford kidz expoThe 2015 Hannaford Kidz Expo is this Saturday, March 7th from 10am-5pm at the Empire State Plaza concourse in Albany, and this year, A New England Nanny will be there too!

Among the usual entertainment and fun activities for kids this event offers, a new feature has been added for this year – the Toddler Zone! This will be an area for the smaller kids to run around and play in a contained environment. We will have an information table set up in the Toddler Zone, and some of our caregivers will be on  hand to provide supervision for the kids.

So come meet us, come meet our child care professionals, and make it a fun day in downtown Albany with the kids! For more information about the event, click here. Hope to see you there!

Nanny Agencies vs. Online Agencies

nanny agencies vs online agenciesA good agency is a helpful resource in finding a nanny or other household employee. After all, household employers hire staff to make life more convenient, easier, and fun—enabling the employer to direct his or her energies toward enjoying his or her family or home.  Online nanny agencies have become more popular in recent years, and while both traditional agencies like A New England Nanny and online ones each have benefits, there are many differences that may help an employer to decide which route to take when hiring a nanny or other employee.

Our comparison chart below shows the general differences between us and online agencies.

   A New England Nanny
 Online Agencies
 Time Savings
  • All searches assisted by agency staff.
  • Job postings managed by agency staff.
  • Agency staff assist in job description and work agreement development, may provide interview questions and other necessary paperwork.
  • Agency will assist in scheduling interviews.
  • Agency will generally offer a select few qualified candidates, helping employers to immediately target the best candidates.
  • Search on your own.
  • Do the selection process yourself for your preferred candidates.
  • Post jobs yourself.
  • Develop job description and work agreement yourself (some sites offer templates or articles to help).
  • Perform background checks on your own (unless included).

Note: There can be even more effort involved on your part, and therefore the process can take longer.

 Turn-around Time
  • Depending on our current pool of candidates, this could be fast, or you may need to wait for a list of qualified candidates.
  • Can help you find a large number of prospective candidates in a matter of minutes, which may lead to your selection of candidates for interview.
 Cost
  • Because you are engaging a consultant with staff and many included services, you will be paying a higher fee.
  • Membership to online sites tends to be less expensive, however there can be “additional fees” in add-on services.
 Screening
  • Pre-screened applicants.
  • Phone and face-to-face interviews conducted before family interviews
  • Reference and employment checks verified.
  • Full background checks provided.
  • You may have to conduct all pre-screening and interviews.
  • You conduct your own reference/employment checks.
  • You conduct background checks (unless included).
 Expert Assistance
  • Assistance and guidance with job offer.
  • Job description development.
  • Compensation package.
  • Experience based on agency selected.
  • No personal guidance.
  • You are responsible for job offer.
  • Limited resources for employment policies.
  • Limited guidance on fair hiring/compensation.
 Tax, Payroll, and   Insurance Advice
  • Agency provides compliance education and materials.
  • Referrals for detailed advice and free consultations.
  • You decipher compliance requirements.
  • Some sites do refer to a tax and payroll service, such as GTM.com.
  • Some sites do post articles on tax and payroll issues.
 Post-placement Support
  • Ongoing support after placement.
  • Managerial advice and job coaching.
  • Temporary babysitting services.
  • Emergency backup care for unexpected absence of primary caregiver.
  • No managerial or personalized support after hiring.
 Guarantee
  • Usually an agency will guarantee a placement by providing a replacement or an extended membership so you can use its services again for free.
  • Limited or no guarantee.

 

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact us at (518) 348-0400.

2014 Nanny of the Year!

2014 Nanny of the Year Last week was National Nanny Recognition Week, and as we have done in previous years, we have selected a nanny that stands out as our Nanny of the Year. For 2014, we are proud to announce that our Nanny of the Year is Sonya!

Sonya has been working in childcare for over 15 years. She grew up in a small town near the Canadian border, and received her degree in Elementary Education from SUNY Plattsburgh. Sonya first came to A New England Nanny in 2004 and has worked with three of our families as a full-time nanny. She has also worked with families through the temp program and has been wonderful. She has chosen to be a nanny as her career, her commitment to her families is remarkable, and she loves what she does!

When she is not working as a nanny caring for her 18-month-old charge, she enjoys spending time reading, camping, visiting with family and friends, visiting with her past families and catching up on how everyone is doing, and as you can see from her photo, going to Disney! Sonya currently resides in Cohoes with her husband and her cats.

Sonya has been recognized as our Nanny of the Year for all that she has contributed to her families and continues to do!

We are very much honored to have Sonya as a part of our staff here at A New England Nanny. Please join us in congratulating Sonya!

Hiring On Your Own?

hiring on your ownAre you hiring a nanny or household employee? Have you found the right one but aren’t sure what steps to take? Are you concerned about background checks, reference checks, interviews, and all the paperwork that the hiring process entails?

This is a very time-consuming process, and most families are unable to take enough time out of busy schedules to conduct the in-depth screening, interviewing, and paperwork needed for hiring a new person for their family.

Don’t go it alone – let the professionals at A New England Nanny take care of it for you!

A New England Nanny is a fully licensed and insured household placement agency, providing peace of mind to thousands of families for over 23 years. Once you have found the domestic worker you are interested in hiring, our experienced, professional staff will handle the following:

  • Applicant interview
  • Applicant reference checking
  • Criminal checks
  • DMV check
  • Social Security trace
  • Credit check
  • Drug screening
  • Complimentary payroll consultation (if applicable)
  • Manager consultation
  • Sample employment contract
  • Sample Work Agreement
  • Employee Handbook
  • Tools and tips for a successful employment relationship, including:
    • Daily time log
    • Medical care release form
    • Time off request form
    • Performance evaluation form
    • Incident report form

We are offering this valuable package for a one-time fee of just $1,000!
For more details and information on taking advantage of this service, please contact Melissa Schoonmaker, Director of A New England Nanny, at (800) 929-9213 ext. 7202.

Our Featured Nanny: Alicia!

photoWe are excited to introduce you to a member of our talented team, Alicia P.! Alicia joined A New England Nanny this past spring, and she has been a valuable addition to our staff. She is part of our temporary services team, caring for children of all ages and providing companion care as well. The most telling sign of her success? She keeps getting requested by families to come back!

Born and raised in Saratoga County, Alicia graduated from Ballston Spa High School and is currently taking classes in early childhood education. Her hobbies are reading, scrapbooking, and being outdoors as much as possible. Currently residing in Malta with her family, Alicia had this to say about why she enjoys working with A New England Nanny:

“I enjoy helping people – I think that’s why I like this job so much! Whether it be an elderly person or a child, I like to help. Children are so much fun and I enjoy helping them grow and learn. I have two children of my own, ages 6 and 7, and they are my world!”

If you would like to request Alicia for child care or companion care services, please contact us at (518) 348-0400.

National Nanny Training Day 2014

We had a great turnout for the annual nationwide event! Our nannies learned some new ideas for hands-on activities for their kids from nanny Christina, received first aid training and car seat safety tips from Kyle of the Clifton Park Halfmoon Emergency Corps, had a delicious lunch, learned some child-related nutrition tips and ideas from Kathryn of Primal Bliss, and became CPR certified! (Click the photos below for larger images.)

national nanny training day 2014

Christina Spina discusses crafts for kids.

 

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Kyle fields first aid questions.

 

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Kathryn discusses nutrition for children.

 

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Nikki Sementa provides CPR training.

 

Special thanks to Rumors Salon and Spa, Tumbling Tykes, Tiny Tots Tea Room, MakIt Products, and Bounce Around for providing coupons and treats for our nannies! And thanks to GTM Payroll Services for sponsoring the event.

We’re already looking forward to next year’s event – hope you can join us!

national nanny training day 2014

 

Avoid Nanny Scams – Use a Nanny Agency

Most people are now aware that if they receive an email from someone claiming to be a Nigerian prince who wants to give them thousands of dollars in exchange for their bank account information, they know it’s a scam. Unfortunately, many scams still exist that are not as well-known, and some of those scams target nannies and babysitters. These scams are usually done through email, or even online through Craigslist.

The most recent one to make headlines was from May of 2012, when a University of Missouri student was bilked out of $2000, all because she thought she was getting a job as a nanny. According to an article from the Better Business Bureau, the student used an online resource site that connects families with potential household employees. She was contacted by the scammer via email, and after some exchanges the job was offered. The student’s bank account was wired a fraudulent check for $2,775, most of which was to be saved to buy a wheelchair for the scammer’s son ($375 was a supposed advance on the student’s pay). Later the student was informed that the wheelchair would be purchased elsewhere, and was instructed to withdraw $2,400 from her account and wire it to a wheelchair dealer in Texas. The next day, the bank informed the student that the $2,775 deposit was a fake, and now she had to pay back the bank the $2,400 that had been withdrawn.

But it’s not only those looking for employment that get scammed; families looking to hire someone have also fallen victim to scams from people pretending to be nannies. According to this article on fraudguides.com, these scammers develop a relationship with a family, convincing them of their eligibility to work in the U.S., and finally getting a job offer. But then the scammer will take advantage of the trust they’ve built up, asking for money to buy their plane ticket, or for a sick family member, etc.

The Better Business Bureau offers these tips on avoiding childcare scams:

• Be cautious if a “parent” wants to communicate only via text messaging or emails.  He or she might be trying to hide a foreign accent or withhold a phone number.

• Look out for emails or texts containing poor English or grammatical errors.

• Be wary of anyone who is hesitant to give out personal information, such as place of employment, address, names of friends or other references. He or she might be fearful of a potential employee checking out his or her background.

• Beware of “sob stories” or anything else that appears to try to get sympathy.

• If a potential employer or employee asks you for money for any reason, it is likely a scam.  Never transfer money to anyone you do not know.

Of course the best way to avoid scams is to use a reputable nanny agency. For nannies, an agency will match you up with a trusted family that will be the best fit for you and the family. For families, an agency will do pre-employment screening, background checks, check references, conduct face-to-face interviews, and many other services to ensure your family’s safety and satisfaction.

For recommendations on using a nanny agency, please click here.