TLC for Kids provides quality in home child care for families in Missouri and Florida. Our nannies and sitters get great feedback from the families they help. From time to time the reviews are so awesome we can’t keep them to ourselves!
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.”
TLC is a family owned business that has been helping families with their in home childcare needs for thirty years. We would love to help you too! For more information please visit our website at tlcforkids.com.
Another month for our “Three minute Q and A with TLC nannies.” Each month we are bringing you some great Q and A with our nannies so they can share some info and insight about the nanny profession and educate others on some of the fun aspects of the job. This month we interviewed Maria. Maria is one of the temporary nannies on our babysitting staff.
1) Why did you apply with TLC? I was working as a substitute teacher in St. Charles County and there was a huge influx of retired teachers that entered the substitute teacher pool. My income was affected by this sudden change in the market. My sister was using TLC when family members could not help her and she suggested that I look into getting on board. My sister seemed very happy with the babysitters that had come to her assistance and I decided to apply.
2) What do like best about working with children and families? I love challenging children to use their imaginations and to pretend play. I took a course on “How We Learn” and pretend play is the best way to hone learning, problem solving, communication and creative skills.
3) What is your long-term career goal? When I am not babysitting, I am a touring actress for my own children’s theater company as well a touring actress for a murder mystery dinner theater company. I am living my dream come true. Working for TLC, keeps me grounded in reality and allows me to encourage others to pursue their dreams.
4) What is your go to ice breaker when you are meeting a new child? I try to make sure that I know the child’s interests going in. I bring up early upon first meeting that I have brought something that is in line with the child’s interest. I also include them in the conversation early on.
5) Do you a favorite organization or person you follow on Social Media that is childcare related? No specific entity. I work with Children’s Librarians throughout the Midwest, since they are a major client of my children’s theater company and we are constantly swapping ideas.
What you post on-line matters, and it is available to viewers potentially forever! TLC for Kids wants to review some common mistakes that get you rejected for any job, not just a childcare job.
First, in today’s technologically advance world employers are able to “check you out” even before they hear your voice. So sometimes a potential employer’s first impression of you could come from that picture of you doing a keg stand that you posted three years ago. You know the old saying “a picture is worth a thousand words”? Well, it is true. Whatever you do make all of your social media accounts TOTALLY private or better yet don’t post anything that wouldn’t make your grandmother proud.
Here are a few other things that could be potentially damaging besides your pictures.
1) Complaining about your boss and/or your job is a big no-no. This is unprofessional and shows a lack of loyalty.
2) Using foul language is not only offensive to some but also shows a lack of maturity.
3) Sexual oversharing is offensive to some and also shows a lack of maturity.
4) What and who you choose to “like” or “follow” tells a little secret about you.
5) Making discriminatory or hateful comments related to race, gender, religion, politics, etc.
It is also beneficial to look at the email address, username and passwords that you use. While firstname.lastname@example.org might be cute to use with your friends, it is completely inappropriate to use in a professional capacity. At some point, your application will be reviewed by someone who has access to your password. Once again, keep it clean!
Lastly, your voicemail message is very important. Make it short, sweet and professional. No soap box speech or “Promiscuous Girl” lyrics on your outgoing voicemail message.
Keep these tips in mind when applying for a job, especially a childcare job with TLC for Kids.
Everyone at TLC for Kids is so happy to help families find great childcare. Read what happened to Adriana, our Nanny Placement Counselor in Florida, the other day.
“The funniest thing happened to me the other day while I was getting my hair cut at a salon in Coral Gables, Fl. While I was talking to the hairdresser, she asked me what I do for work. I told her I hire and help place nannies with families all over South Florida and we often placed nannies in the Coral Gables area. She mentioned that there were a lot of families with children living in the apartment building the salon was located in. She said she often sees a pair of twins in the building with their nanny and began talking about how cute they were. When she described the nanny and the kids, I realized it was a TLC nanny! One of our nannies had been placed to work with twins in that building!
She went on to tell me how the kids always seemed to be having such a great time with the nanny. The nanny also seems to be happy, and that she could tell they had a very close and happy relationship.
I am so glad to know that here at TLC we are making a difference for the families in this community by providing quality childcare!
Working as a nanny is a fun and rewarding job. In fact, more and more people with experience in childcare are finding that being a nanny is a great career. Nanny jobs allow skilled social workers, teachers, daycare providers and nurses the same thing: the opportunity to help children.
As a nanny you are with children everyday in their home. You are able to provide a loving and stable environment for kids. Childcare experts and parents agree that this type of environment is beneficial for kids. Being a nanny allows you the opportunity to spend time with a child everyday. You watch them grow and develop. You will be there to see a child sit up for the first time, you will be there when they are learning to crawl, then walk and run.
A nanny also has the opportunity to teach kids. You are one of the child’s first teachers. Everyday nannies are singing the ABC song, counting out the number of swings at the playground, and talking about what color the flowers are in the garden. Watching a child learn is very rewarding. Along with teaching, nannies are coloring, cutting, gluing and stamping fun art projects and gifts for mom and dad.
Being a nanny is all about taking care of children while providing support for the family. It is a fun and challenging career for anyone with childcare experience.
If you are interested in becoming a nanny in Missouri of Florida please visit our website today to learn more and fill out an application.