The school year has started.  And, when kids go to school they start sharing germs!

Chances are sometime this school year your kids will have sore throats, runny noses, fevers, or the flu and will need to stay home.   It is not easy for working parents to stay home from work when their child is sick.

In fact, A 2012 study by C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital found that 50% of today’s work force is worried about finding sick child care.

TLC for Kids is here to help!  TLC temporary caregivers are available to take care of sick kids who can’t go to school or daycare.   If your school or daycare calls during the day and your child needs to come home let us know.  We can try to send someone over within a few hours.

If you need help after hours our Emergency Service Coordinators Sarah and Debbie are available until 9:45 pm Sunday through Thursday and start working again at 6:30 am Monday through Friday.

All TLC for Kids caregivers have experience working with children and have been screened by our professional staff.  Register with TLC at tlcforkids.com or call 314-725-5660 for the St. Louis, Mo. office and 305-256-5905 for the Florida office.

 

TLC for Kids was recently honored for our exceptional back-up care program! TLC has partnered with Bright Horizon’s to provide back up care for families in Florida and Missouri.  We are love being able to assist working families with their care needs and are honored to receive this recognition.  Recently TLC owners Sharon Graff-Radell and Stephanie Graff sat down with Bright Horizon’s to discuss what makes TLC stand out from other agencies.  You can read excerpts from the interview here.

TLC for Kids is a St. Louis-based organization with an expansion office located in South Florida. Co-owners Sharon Radall and Stephanie Graff are sisters who fully understand the difficulties of balancing work life and a growing family and who do everything they can to support the clients in their care.

TLC was chosen as this quarter’s agency spotlight because of its well-established relationship and rapport with office staff, and because of their caregivers who are singularly focused on making a great impression on families.

That focus, say the owners, begins with the hiring and training process. Prospective caregivers are asked careful questions about past caregiving experiences. They also receive detailed orientation and training, which includes best practices on engagement, expectations, and communication. Orientation is also an opportunity to review the required introductory phone call and the importance behind it, and to discuss how a caregiver can effectively interact with the family upon arrival, at day’s end (a “what we did for the day” note is essential), and throughout the day. During this time, caregivers also get activity goody bags that they’re required to bring to care sessions.

Maintaining engagement requires commitment from everyone. The office does its part by offering ongoing education, monthly newsletters covering hot topics, and occasional meetings and events designed to give the caregivers a platform to be heard. Such efforts help TLC develop their caregiver pools and strengthen the loyalty and commitment shown by everyone who works for them.

Stephanie and Sharon believe we are all a team striving towards quality care, “The caregivers are at the heart of what we do. TLC for Kids believes that caregivers need to feel important and hear feedback both positive and constructive. Good caregivers are a key component to success and should not be taken for granted.”

 

The TLC for Kids staff provides care for children, newborns and the elderly. All of our sitters are thoroughly screened and are trained to provide the highest quality care in the state. TLC for Kids is currently hiring in our South Florida and Tampa offices and in St. Louis, Missouri. If you are a nurturing caretaker looking for a rewarding job in Tampa, Miami or St. Louis caring for others visit our website at tlcforkids.com

In 1985, TLC for Kids introduced the concept of in-home, as-needed nanny care to St. Louis families. This means families had the ability to access childcare at any time by just calling the TLC office. Two years ago TLC opened an office in Miami, Florida helping Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach families with as-needed care.

One reason in-home, as-needed care is so important is because sickness is inevitable when your kids are going to school and daycare. Everyone is playing with the same toys, touching the same desks, and swapping different germs.
So, when your child is sick, but you can’t take off work, what do you? The answer is simple: Call TLC for Kids. TLC has nannies that are available specifically for taking care of sick children.
Because we know sickness rarely pops up during convenient times, like our office hours 8-5:30, TLC for Kids has an emergency service line that is open from 6:30-8 AM and evenings from 6:45-9:45 PM. If you call outside of these hours, TLC ‘s own After Hours and Emergency coordinator checks the messages regularly.
Cold and flu season is here, unfortunately. We hope your children don’t get sick this year, but if they do, know thatTLC is ready to help you by providing quality and reliable back up childcare.
Need a back up sitter? Call the TLC office today: (314) 725-5660 or (305) 256-5905.

 

January and February are busy with sick jobs.  Our nannies and sitters are often called in to care for sick kids since mom and dad have to go to work.  When doing a sick care job for TLC for Kids  always follow the parent’s guidelines and remember to get permission in writing before giving any medicine.
Here are a couple of extra tips to keep in mind when caring for sick kids.
1.  Always use a digital thermometer.  The most accurate way to take a temperature for a child over the age of one is with orally with a digital thermometer.
2. Don’t treat kids under the age of 12 with a multi-symptom cold medicine.  The best way to treat a cold is by using a humidifier, a saline solution for the nose, and by giving lots of fluids. With parents permission you can give acetaminophen or ibuprofen for fevers or achiness.
3. Always use the medicine dispenser that came with the medicine.  Teaspoons used in everyday kitchen ware can vary from set to set.
For more tips on treating sick kids you can watch this video(http://children.webmd.com/sick-kids-8/default.htm) .
Remember to wash your hands, get plenty of rest, and drink lots of water so you can stay healthy!