Finding a great fit

Okay, on paper the nanny looks great. They’ve got the references, experience and education you want. Now it’s time to prep for an interview. Here’s one question that helps families find a great fit: How do you want to spend your time while the child is napping?

A lot of nannies don’t care. They’re just as happy doing dishes as watching TV. But what about that super experienced nanny who’s going back to school to be a nurse? She cares. And she wants to do homework. Understandable, but does that fit with what you’re looking for?

Some families have a ton of stuff to do around the house and want the nanny to help. Don’t tell the nanny whitewash the answer by telling them it’s probably fine. You need to tell them the number one priority is to get the household tasks done and the homework may not be possible.

On the other hand, if this nanny really sounds great and you 100% want her, you may need to changed your “asks.” Remember, the nanny is also interviewing you and she may opt for another family who can permit homework. Maybe you should hire a cleaner or household organizer to help with that if you really want the nanny.

We help families navigate a multitude of issues like this. Give us a call or shoot us an email if you think we may be able to help.

call or text: 206-817-8988

Summer nanny jobs

Summer Nanny

Looking for a nanny job this summer?

Students looking for summer jobs have a lot of things to consider: How much can I make over three months? Will the experience help me down the road with a long term career?

Working for a family to help take care of their child can be a rewarding experience. For starters, summer can be a difficult time for families. When school is out, parents have to worry about someone watching over their little ones so the parents can continue to work. You can make a difference in a child’s life by watching them during the week. Parents appreciate the care an individual attention a nanny can bring, particularly when they can bring helpful skills to the table. Can you teach their child how to swim? How about arts and crafts? Some parents would appreciate it if you can help their child with math workbooks or reading.

Seattle is a special place to spend the summer. Maybe your nanny family would like you to take their kids to the Woodland Park Zoo. Or maybe you can take them to Lincoln Park’s famous saltwater swimming pool on the shores of puget sound. The weather here is as good as anywhere on the planet. And with your time off, you can check out the Capitol Hill Block Party, go camping or catch a Mariner’s game. The stuff to do on your time off is endless.

As far as finding a great family to work with–that’s our job. We always do a home visit to learn more about the families and identify their needs. We help nannies and the client communicate clearly and set expectations. And we’ll stay in touch after you start work, making sure things are going smoothly. We value your work and will do everything possible to find the right job for you.

Drop us a line on the Nannies page. We’ll be in touch shortly. Or if you prefer, email us at Call or text: 206-817-8988