Archive for June 2011

TLC for Kids, Featured Nannies of Summer!

Each time a new job is set up with a client, I am always proud of the credentials and experience of the nannies on our staff.  Each nanny is professional and truly passionate about working with children and each are responsible for making TLC for Kids, St. Louis’ Premier Nanny Agency!

This inspired me to feature a few in this week’s blog post.  Please give us a call if you would like to request one of these very special nannies!

TLC caregivers offer a fun, nurturing environment for your children, but their various backgrounds can offer your family so much more.

As you will see below, we have caregivers with extensive backgrounds in special education, neonatal care, multiple care, counseling, social work, sign language, physical and occupational therapy and nursing.

If you have any friends, family or colleagues who would benefit from access to caregivers with an extra specialty, please pass the word along. Please also give us a call if you want to request one of our featured caregivers.

Madeline B. is the mother of two teenage daughters and a 6th grade Elementary School teacher who has worked for TLC on the weekends and during the summers for the last 4 years. She enjoys working with children of all ages.

Ginger S. is currently a third grade teacher and has been working in the classroom for more than 10 years. She has experience working with children that have special needs, including: ADHD, Autism, Asperger’s, Down’s, LD, and developmental delays. She is very creative and energetic, and loves doing math and science projects with kids.

Erika A. has a degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education and has taught for ten years. She has worked with all ages, most recently with 3-5 year olds, in a classroom setting. She loves children and enjoys watching them grow and learn. Erika loves doing fun and exciting activities with children, especially sensory activities. She also has extensive experience working with children with special needs.

Jill B. is a mother of a three year-old and has been working with children for over 15 years. Jill is certified in Sign Language and is a Licensed interpreter.

Valerie K. is a graduate of NYU and completed her Masters in Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. She works full time as a Social Worker at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Hospital and enjoys babysitting in the evenings, on the weekend and overnight. She has been babysitting, working as a camp counselor, ABT therapist and grief counselor for a combined total of 15 years. Valerie also has experience with multiples.

Debby L. has been a Neonatal/Pediatric nurse for 23 years. She taught CPR and infant care classes for 17 years and has experience with newborn through teens. Debbie has four children of her own and two grandchildren with another on the way!

Rosanne N. is a college graduate and has been working with children for over 25 years. She has raised three children of her own and has three grandchildren. Roseanne has worked in every facet of childcare from infant room aide to private elementary school principal. She is energetic and enthusiastic. She will provide a safe, fun, nurturing environment for your child.

Kim P. is a graduate student working on her Master’s in Education. She has worked for the Special School District in St. Louis, for two years in both Elementary and High schools. She is also trained in applied behavioral analysis (ABA therapy).   She has been babysitting for over 10 years and has most recently been a summer nanny for an infant.

Colleen S. is a graduate students working on her Master’s in Social Work. She has worked as a full and part-time nanny and has experience with newborns through preteens.

Jenny M. is educated as a Secondary teacher. She ran a before and after school program for five years and has been babysitting over 10 years. She loves planning activities, going on outings and being creative. Jenny is currently going to Saint Louis Univeristy for a second career in Nursing.

Each temporary nanny goes through TLC for Kids extensive screening process and are on-call 24 hours per day!

Have a great week!

Thanks, Jessica

HANDWRITING OVER THE SUMMER: PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

Brought to you by: North Shore Pediatric Therapy

Our kids work so hard all year long, but did you know that after only 5 weeks children start to lose some of that knowledge?  Spending a little time each week going over the basics can help your child retain most of what they’ve learned over the past school year!

Children worked so hard on writing at school, and they should continue writing over the summer to prevent losing all of the progress they made. Practice makes perfect! Repetition will decrease anxiety and keep them at or above the expectations for the following year. Here are some fun writing exercises you can try over the summer:

HANDWRITING EXERCISES:

Write a story with your child. Each day, set aside time for her to write a few sentences or paragraphs (depending on her age) for a special story. By the end of the summer, you will both have written a special story together. This approach will keep your child interested, as she will enjoy reading her contributions each day.

Have him practice the formation of specific letters by writing large capital letters with sidewalk chalk on the driveway. Next, have him use a hose with a nozzle to spray a stream of water and erase the chalk lines. This will help increase fine motor control and strength.

While you are in the car, or sitting on the beach, use “air writing” to send each other messages. You can also have her write messages to you in the sand on the beach, in the water at the pool, or in the shaving cream while dad is shaving.

Just have fun with it. You can also set aside some serious writing time where you purchase handwriting books at the local bookstore or toy store, or print worksheets from the Internet for practice. Repetition, repetition, repetition!

Have a fantastic summer!!

Big Savings on a Summer Nanny!

It’s summer break and some of you may still need to wrap up your plans for summer childcare.  Good news!  We have quite a few wonderful nannies that are still interested in securing work for the summer.  Even if it’s just a few days a week, hiring someone for the summer months is the way to go.

Remember TLC Temps and Sitters are NEVER allowed to take children swimming, but a Summer Nanny can!

Having a TLC Summer Nanny is like having your very own camp counselor, tutor, driver, and household helper all wrapped up in one! Summer nannies will schedule fun parent approved outings for the kids like going to amusement parks, swimming, museums, bowling, play groups, the zoo, and more. TLC nannies will also do tutoring over the summer so that the kids are on track for the upcoming school year.

Since we have so many nannies available, we are able to offer our registered clients substantial savings on a summer placement!* Give me a call to discuss discounts for full-time, part-time, and long term temp (up to two months) placements.

All you need to do to start your search is to click on the link below, and I will have candidates for you to interview within 24 hours.  If you have any questions please give me a call, otherwise, I will be in touch as soon as I receive your application!

https://www.tlcforkids.com/?register_parent

And don’t forget, we have great sitters available for weekends, days, and evenings, too!

*Already have a summer nanny? For each referral you send us, earn credits toward TLC services!

Have a wonderful summer!