Like any other relationship, good communication is vital to having an effective nanny/parent-family relationship. To avoid any miscommunication, TLC for Kids suggests creating a work agreement, or contract, for both the nanny and family to agree to.
But what does a work agreement include?
Agreed upon salary: After you and your nanny have agreed on a salary, it should be clearly stated in the work agreement. This salary should include a description of paid holidays, how many allotted sick days your nanny has, and how many vacation days also. It should also include how sick days and vacation days will be handled. How much notice is needed for vacation days? Will vacation days be paid or unpaid? Will sick days be paid or unpaid? Whatever you decide should be defined in the agreement to avoid any conflict.
Job description: To ensure quality work, your nanny needs to know what is expected of her. In your agreement, you should write out a detailed description of what her daily duties include. Written clear expectations give you something to refer back to if responsibilities aren’t completed.
Employment reviews and raises: Let your nanny know how her work will be evaluated and how often. Will it be a discussion every two weeks, will it be a written review every month, or will it be a bi-annual evaluation? Once you figure out the mechanics, add them to your work agreement. Your work agreement should also include whether this is potential for raises and bonuses.
Termination: Although hiring an in-home caregiver feels much more intimate than most jobs, it is important to remember they are still a household employee. In the work agreement, you should outline clear steps to what happens when you or the caregiver is ready to terminate the position. How many weeks notice do you need from the caregiver if they decide to leave? If you choose to fire the nanny, will it be on the spot or will you give her notice? If so, how much notice? Once you figure out what is comfortable for you to do in this situation, define it in the work agreement.
As you can see, a work agreement will set the tone for the job and assure that everyone is on the same page.
Contact TLC for Kids today for help drafting your agreement or to hire a sitter: (314) 725-5660.
Ever wonder about the woman on the other end of the phone, calling you to give you a job? Now is your chance to meet the wonderful women that run TLC for Kids behind the scenes, and how TLC for Kids got started.
Sharon Graff-Radell and her sister, Stephanie Graff-Yaffee, developed TLC to help parents find safe quality in-home childcare. They were the first to make sick childcare, on-call nannies, and in-home nanny care available to St. Louis parents. Sharon served on the Board of Directors for the International Nanny Association (INA), of which she has been a member since 1988. Sharon was named Young Entrepreneur for the state of Missouri in 1990. Stephanie has been recruiting and matching nannies with families since she graduated from Emory University in 1989. Together with the assistance of the other TLC staff members, they have developed specialized training programs for nannies and postpartum care providers.
Angela is TLC Vice President. She has been involved with TLC since she entered college in 1987. After working as a temporary nanny for five years, Angela joined the office staff in 1992. She specializes in matching families with the best available temporary nannies. She also coordinates TLC’s newborn and postpartum care, as well as group childcare for events, meetings, weddings and religious organizations. Angela has also been active in the International Nanny Association where she has presented workshops and consulted with many agencies in the development of their temporary services.
Jessica is the Placement Director for TLC. She personally meets with both families and nannies seeking full and part-time nanny placements. Jessica will advise families on expectations, salary and benefit packages, taxes and contracts for household employees. Jessica also thoroughly screens all candidates and personally interviews each one. After meeting with both parties and considering their needs, she matches families and nannies together. Her goal is to make introductions based on childcare philosophy, experience, location, salary and personality. She joined the TLC Team in 2006 with a solid background in the areas of childcare, education, and business. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas, earning a double major in English and American Studies. While in college, Jessica worked at conventional as well as early intervention preschools. Jessica joined TLC after three years being employed at a major educational multi-media company in the St. Louis area.
Maria oversees the hiring and training of all the TLC for Kids Temporary Babysitting Service caregivers. Maria interviews and screens all of our temporary babysitters, selecting only the best for our TLC families. In the evening when the TLC office is closed Maria works from home 8pm-9:30pm accommodating any last minute requests, caregiver cancellations and emergencies. Maria has been an integral member of the TLC family since October of 1999.
Debbie Hipp is the Social Media Director and works with Jessica in the permanent placement department. She has worked with TLC for Kids since 2000. Debbie did permanent placements for TLC for five years. After taking some time off to be with her three kids Debbie is back with TLC. Along with screening and interviewing permanent nannies she handles TLC’s social media. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter! Debbie has an undergraduate degree in Marketing and a Masters in Business and Administration.
The next time you get a call from the TLC office, you’ll know exactly whom you’re talking to.
Families everywhere are getting ready for the beginning of the new school year. Here are some helpful tips from Good Morning America parenting expert Ann Pleshette Murphy so you can be prepared for the first day.
1. Start readjusting to a school-year bedtime now.
2. Hang a family calendar and color-code everyone’s activities.
3. Gather all school forms as they arrive.
4. Book babysitters now for your school’s parents’ night and other dates when they’ll be in-demand. Call TLC for Kids to help with all your babysitting needs.
5. Create a family station where you can find what you need as you head out the door.
6. Set up an in/out box for school forms.
7. Look at online organizational websites.
8. Discuss goals for the year.
9. Institute a night quiet hour.
10. Reach out to your child’s teacher.
Good luck on the first day. Don’t forget to post your first day of school photo’s on our Facebook page for a chance to win $20 credit towards any TLC for Kids agency fee.
While TLC for Kids has a reputation for providing care to families with younger children, they also have services for families with older kids too.
TLC for Kids has nannies available to work as household managers. Household Managers are a great fit for families with school age kids.
A household manager has a wide range of job responsibilities:
• Take the kids to school in the morning
• Clean and organize the house
• Do laundry
• Run errands (grocery shopping, dry cleaning)
• Schedule appointments (and take the kids to the appointments, if needed)
• Handle repairs and maintenance services
• Pick kids up after school, and take them to after school activities
• Care for children when sick
A household manager keeps your home and family running seamlessly. Having a household manager allows you to enjoy time with your family when you are home, and focus on work when you’re at work.
Want to know more? Call TLC for Kids today (314) 725-5660.