Today, we’re exciting to feature a guest post from Helen Adeosun, founder of SitterCycle – a site that helps nannies earn the kinds of certifications that moms want to see on their childcare providers’ resumes. Helen has been a teacher and has years of experience nannying, and so knows how important it is that the people taking care of our kids be skilled, vetted, and certified. SitterCycle classes ensure that more nannies have what it takes to be more like a second mom than just another babysitter.
As March ends, I’m getting ready for another type of madness – the summer care madness. Starting with spring break I often get asked by anxious parents to suggest places for high quality care options, specifically a part time or full time nanny or even summer camps for their little ones. The “summer madness” as I like to call, builds and gets crazier as we get closer to the summer months and parents scramble posting flyers, ads on care.com, and blasts on craigslist hopeful for the right nanny.
- This is a great opportunity to get input from your kids and your partner.
- What days and times do you need nannies to work? What times do you need?
- What prior experience and education would you like for your nannies to have?
- Do you prefer a nanny that is highly structured or do you need flexibility?
After you make your list of qualities prioritize the top 3 and leave room to make a decision based on your nannies’ fit with children and recommendations from previous employers.
If you don’t plan ahead, the cost of care can catch parents off guard. A nanny in the Boston area on average (and of course a great nanny) may be $600-$800 a week. Are you ready? If so this is an opportunity to weigh your options. Would you consider a summer nanny share with another family or possibly a part time nanny. Don’t forget that summer activities and transportation are also additional costs. We recommend that you set aside a weekly stipend for activities on a prepaid card/debit card.If you can spend one Saturday morning planning and saving in April by June you’ll be set!
Start posting and interviewing
Hopefully these tips help you breathe a little easier, go out and find that great nanny! Happy searching!