School years are busy.  Mornings are spent rushing to catch the bus or drive carpool.  Days are spent running errands, taking kids to practices, helping with homework,  and putting the kids to bed so we can do it all again tomorrow. 

I can not wait for summer!  This summer the kids and I are going to relax and unwind with the help of a summer nanny. Having a summer nanny is a great idea for families with school age kids. Summer nannies provide fun, reliable, and consistent in home childcare.  No more rushing around in the morning! Having a nanny come to the house will take away the stress of the morning routine, and maybe, let us all sleep a little later 🙂

The interview is an extremely important step in the hiring process. The interview can be held, at your home, at a coffee shop, the library or park.

When interviewing a nanny, rely on your intuition and observations when evaluating the nanny’s responses, mannerisms and appearance. A parent’s impression of a nanny candidate can be a telling sign if the nanny is a good fit for the family.

During the interview, parents should first inquire about the nanny’s background, experience, training, driving record and other skills related to working with children. Then, by asking open ended questions about the nanny’s interests, after work activities, and child care philosophies, parents can better evaluate how compatible the nanny is with their family.

When describing employment expectations, parents should be specific about job duties, hours, salary, time off and other practicalities of the position. Seeing and hearing the candidate’s reaction can provide valuable clues to how the nanny will feel about the position.

Parents should also observe the nanny with their children before offering the nanny the position. Take note of how the nanny interacts with the children and how the children respond to the nanny.

When deciding which nanny to hire, carefully weigh all the information gathered about each candidate. Check each nanny’s references (even if they come from an agency) and interview the top candidates a second time before offering the position. Parents should listen to their intuition and remember that the nanny will be a part of their family’s life. They should ask themselves, “Does this candidate seem as though she will fit in well with our family and work well with our children?”

 

To assist with the current crisis, TLC is temporarily offering FREE MEMBERSHIP and DISCOUNTED AGENCY FEES to all Medical Professionals and First Responders. We know you cannot work at home and want to help you ensure you have solid care arrangements for your loved ones. Call TLC at 314.725.5660 to learn more and get started.

TLC For Kids, Inc. has been St. Louis’ premier nanny and babysitting agency for over 30 years. TLC For Kids’ dedicated staff is ready to assist you in finding nannies, tutors, newborn care specialists, sitters and more in Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Palm Beach, Sarasota, St. Louis, Tampa and more!. Reach us at tlc@tlcforkids.com or 314-725-5660.

 

TLC summer childcareSpring Break is here and that is when parents start looking ahead to summer.  Planning and registering for camps is a full time job!  Instead, let TLC for Kids help you find great childcare this summer.

TLC can help you with all your summer childcare needs.  We have fun and experienced nannies ready to make this summer a great one for everyone.   Whether you are looking for full-time or part-time childcare, hiring a nanny is the best option for families.

Hiring a summer nanny from TLC  is like having your very own camp counselor!  Summer nannies will schedule fun parent approved outings for the kids like going to the amusement park, swimming, museum, bowling, play groups, the zoo and more.

Visit our website to learn more about TLC’s summer nannies.  You can also fill out the parent application on line to get your search started.

 

 

 

As a TLC temp nanny for six months, I found that I really enjoyed working with TLC as a babysitter and met a lot of great families and children.  Toward the end of the school year, one of my regular clients was seeking a full-time summer nanny and was interested in hiring me for the break.    Being with one family for the entire summer was so appealing to me.  I loved the idea of really getting to know a family and being a part of all the summer fun in St. Louis.  After just a few short weeks of being with the family I was placed with, I knew I made the right decision! 

 

I found that summer nannying is so much more than just just babysitting!  Each day brought new adventures and experiences for the kids and me.  We went to different camps, explored the St. Louis Zoo, many parks and swam in their neighborhood pool.  As a city transplant, I was also really happy to be able to finally discover the city.  The best part was that all of my explorations involved these awesome kids and they also ended up teaching me things.  When the summer came to an end it was so bittersweet, we all ended up going back to school – but I know I was able to teach the kids and they also taught me quite a few things.  I felt that at the end, I really was an integral part of my summer family’s life and them mine…that’s why I’m so excited to be returning to them this summer.  We’ve kept in touch throughout the year and we’re all excited about what this summer will hold!  

Thank you Brooke A. for the guest post!

To learn more about TLC’s Summer Nanny Program visit our website.

Special ‘Thank You’ to Stephanie Breedlove from Breedlove and Associates for this guest blog post!

The anxiety first hits around late-April: School is coming to an end! How ironic that summer vacation actually makes life more hectic until you get everything straightened out. My kids are grown now but I remember the panic:  School was going to let out, my husband and I were working, and we needed someone to care for the kids, even if it meant shuffling and chauffeuring them from camp to playdate. What put me at peace was the realization that teachers had new summer schedules too, college students were on break, and teen sitters were out there looking for jobs. That’s still true today.  TLC For Kids has great summer nannies looking for work. As you put your summer care plan in place – and exhale – play a quick game I like to call “Two Truths and a Lie: The Tax Edition.”

Who said taxes aren’t fun?! 

1. My summer nanny is not an independent contractor.

Truth!

Many families think a temporary or part-time nanny is an independent contractor, but the truth is that you’re her employer.

So even if he or she only works for you during the summer, the nanny is your employee in the eyes of the IRS and is covered by special protections such as minimum wage and overtime.

2. I can pay a summer sitter cash because she’s temporary.

False!

You aren’t supposed to pay any nanny or sitter earning more than $1,800 a calendar year under the table!

3. You Can Get Tax Credit for Hiring a Summer Nanny

Truth!

Say you hire a nanny to take care of your kids for the 13 weeks of summer – and you pay her $500 per week, for a total of $6,500 over the summer. The employer taxes on this wage amount will be about $600 (or a total of $7,100).

That’s the cost side.  Now for the good news: tax breaks.

If you have a Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) through your employer, you can set aside $5,000 for childcare expenses using your pre-tax dollars. An FSA can save you as much as $2,300 per year, depending on your marginal tax rate.  That savings will bring your total cost down to about $4,800.

By putting her on the books, you’ve saved roughly $1,700!

If you don’t have access to an FSA (or missed the enrollment period for this tax year), that’s okay.  You can still use the Tax Credit for Child or Dependent Care (a.k.a. the “Childcare Tax Credit”).  It will save you up to $600 if you have 1 child or $1,200 if you have 2 or more children, bringing your total cost down to either $5,900 (save $600) or $6,500 (break even).

Remember, these tax savings are only available if you pay your summer nanny on the books and fulfill your “nanny tax” obligations.

I hope you find a great caregiver and have a wonderful summer. Along the way, if you have any household employment questions, just let us know. We’re here to help (888-273-3356).