I recently came across an article about the importance of free play for kids. The article stressed the importance of play for kids and how it links to their educational, social and physical development.
It’s clear that playing helps a child’s physical development. Gross motor skills are strengthened when kids have time to play and run around. But, did you know that play time can also improve a child’s communication and literacy skills? Play time on a playground with other kids or with a nanny teaches a child how to communicate and share. Play time also teaches kids how to interact with other people and read social cues. Woodbury School is showing kids how to turn imaginative play into plot lines. The schools teachers write down the ‘stories’ the kids are telling. The teachers read the stories back to the kids and then they learn to read them to each other.
The article goes on to say that young kids today have less and less time to play freely because of the emphasis on academics and structure in daycares and preschools. Hiring a nanny to take care of kids in a home instead of a structured daycare can give children more time to play freely. Nanny’s are able to give children one-on-one play time that can grow a child’s imagination.
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Read the great review we received on Dascha in the St. Louis office.
“Just wanted to write a quick note to let you know how spectacular Dascha has been every time she’s worked for us. Dascha is very detail oriented. If anything out of the ordinary comes up, like David, my 8 year old telling her “I promise that mom ALWAYS lets us do XYZ” Dascha won’t hesitate to text me to verify (and 90% of the time David was not being truthful but rather attempting to push boundaries as is want to happen with an Aspie/ADHD kiddo). Dascha always fills out the form to let me know what she’s done with the boys – which I really appreciate knowing. Dascha even brings her own toys, which makes her very popular, even if it’s something as simple as playdoh (which we have a ton of but hers is special) and will help the boys clean up after themselves. The last thing I really appreciate is her making sure she has a note from me if the boys are going to ride in the car with her. It gives me good piece of mind to know the kids will be identified correctly if, heaven forbid, they were in a car accident. Just wanted to note that it is appreciated!”
Maria in the Florida office did a great job taking care of twins.
“TLC has proven to be excellent in every way. I was worried about hiring someone to help me with our twins, but I do feel confident now with the choice of sitter TLC has sent.
Your office staff is excellent and they exceeded my expectations. It was because I was so impressed by your office staff, and because it is a family owned business, that I decided to enroll with TLC. An example of why I was so happy with your staff is that they were kind, warm, and helpful whenever I called. They treated me as if I was very important to them. Kathy spoke to me about my needs and then worked diligently with Adriana to find me the perfect match.
Maria is the perfect match for me. She is very professional yet extremely loving and warm with the twins. She is punctual, soft spoken and respectful. Maria is knowledgeable about children and I trust her experience in keeping them safe and in nurturing them. I am very happy with Maria and with your service.”
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Family S has three kids and lives in Webster Groves. They need help on Tues/Thurs from 7:30a-8:00p. $12-$14/hr
Family P has 3 active kids and lives in Ladue. Will need after school help three or four days a week. Days and hours will be flexible. $13-$15/hr
Family E lives in Webster Groves and needs care Mon-Fri from 3:30p-5:30. Two Teenagers need transportation to lessons and practices. $15-$16/hr
Family Z lives in Clayton and needs care Mon-Fri 3:00-6:30p. Family has two kids and will pay $15/hr
Family ST lives in Clayton and needs help M/T/W/F from 12:00-5:00p. Care will be for two kids. $12-$15/hr
Family C lives in Ladue and needs a nanny to care for a 1.5 yr old and baby on the way. Care T/Th from 8:00a-7:00p and ideally one weekend night a month. $13/hr
Family B has two kinds and lives in Ballwin. They need T/W/F from 3:00p-6:00p. Could add a 4th day if nanny is interested. $15/hr
Family D lives in Columbia, Il. They have 2 kids and need care M/Th/F from 7:30-5. $13-15/hr
Family PA lives in Wildwood with three girls and needs help Mon-Fri 3:00p-8:00p. Could have nanny come in an hour early every day to do some house organization. $15/hr
Family K has a toddler and a newborn and lives in Richmond Heights. They are looking for someone with newborn experience who can work T – 2:30-6:00 W – 10:30-6:30 Th – 8:00-4:00p. $15/hr
Family R lives in Clayton with two boys. Family needs before and after school care Mon-Fri 7a-9a and 3-6p. $14/hr
Family H has two kids and lives in Chesterfield. They need a mature and organized nanny Mon-Fri 2:00-6:00p. $15/hr
Family Pi has two kids and lives in Kirkwood. They need help Tues/Wed from 3:00-6:00p. $13-$16/hr
Family KR lives in Webster Groves and has two kids. One child does have ADHD and OD. Ideal candidate will have experience with kids who have behavior disorders. Nanny needed Mon-Fri 2:30-5:00p $13-$15/hr
Family G has three kids and lives in Ladue. They need care M/W 3:30-8 T/TH 3:30-7:30 F 3:30-7:00. Will also need two mornings a week. $13/hr