Parents, are you wondering what is a typical holiday bonus for your nanny? The holidays are a great way to show your nanny some appreciation for a job well done this year. We always tell families that when nannies feel appreciated, they are more willing to go the extra mile and also stay with your family long term!
Here is what we suggest as far as monetary compensation:
If your nanny has been with you for a year or less, it is customary to give her 1 week of pay
If your nanny has been with you for 1-2 years, 2 weeks of pay is customary
3+ years, 3 weeks of pay is customary
It is also nice to do something a little more personal for your nanny at the holidays along with her bonus such as have your child(ren) make her a holiday ornament or card, or get her a small more personal gift to go along with her bonus. Whatever you end up doing, your nanny will be happy you thought of them during the hustle and bustle of the holidays! Happy holidays to all of our clients and nannies!
The team at Your Happy Nest is excited to share some tips on how to manage your social media accounts to help present yourself in the *best* light to your current and future employers.
Your presence on social media is very important because it is a representation of who you are as a professional. Not only does it represent yourself, it also represents your employers and Your Happy Nest (if you are one of our registered nannies or sitters.)
One of the first things a new employer or nanny agency will do is search for you on social media.
What they see can directly affect whether you will get your dream job or not.
Many of us see social media as an outlet, and a way to tell the world who we are personally ... but there is a danger in sharing TOO much.
Because of that, we want to offer you some advice on how to get your social media accounts to work FOR you, not against you.
Start With These Tips:
A. Have a polished, professional looking photo as your main picture.
B. Share uplifting, positive, cute/funny posts.
C. Share photos of your volunteer work, outdoor adventures, and other positive life stories.
Things to Avoid:
A. Strong political statements or rants.
B. Photos of partying, showing alcohol or other excessive behaviors.
C. "Sexy" photos
D. Excessive selfies
E. Foul language
And MOST importantly: Never post photos of your charges without permission from the parents, and never share your location while you are working. If you have any questions about this always talk to your current employer about their wishes concerning photos of their children.
Follow these tips to maintain a positive social media presence and you are certain to be on your way to success!
We are celebrating with cake, confetti and DISCOUNTS for our clients because
Your Happy Nest Nanny & Babysitting Agency is turning FIVE this week!
To celebrate, we are offering a $100 discount
off all permanent nanny placements for families
who sign on with our agency in the month of August!
* Use coupon code: happy5th for your discount
Your Happy Nest is proud to announce that we are members of the INA (International Nanny Association). We are also excited to attend the INA conference for the first time which will be in Chicago, May 2017! This will be a great opportunity for our staff to learn, network and bring back useful information to help better serve the families and nannies we work with!
The International Nanny Association (INA), a nonprofit organization, serves as the umbrella organization for the in-home child care industry. INA members include nannies, nanny employers, nanny agencies, educators and industry service providers. Since 1985, INA has worked to professionalize the industry by setting high standards for industry professionals and nanny agencies. INA leverages the expertise of industry professionals from around the globe to help increase awareness about the industry, to develop the professional skills of nannies, and to educate parents about the benefits of hiring a qualified nanny to care for their children.
Looking for some extra help around the holidays? We've got you covered! And for the rest of November and for December 2016, if you book 3 days of daytime fill in help, we will give you one night time babysitter booking free! Just fill out this short BABYSITTING SERVICES FORM so we have all of your info and we will get you set up! Use PROMO CODE: HOLIDAY HELP on your contact form to get your free babysitting booking!
We have sitters available to come to your wedding and help out with kids so parents are able to relax, or we can have a sitter come to your hotel room to watch your kids while you enjoy a kid-free night out! All of our sitters are fully vetted by our agency including an agency interview, background check, references called, CPR/First Aid Certified and they must have a minimum of 3 years of childcare experience. BABYSITTING SERVICES FORM
If you have found the holy grail of nannies, you want to hold on to her with everything you have!
Having a great nanny/family relationship is a give and take. Nannies that know their family values and respects them are more likely going to go the extra mile!
Here are some tips we have found from working with hundreds of nannies over the years and also from our own personal experiences in the past as nannies:
1. Guaranteed Hours Your nanny is relying on certain pay each week for expenses, even if it isn't a full time position. If you go out of town for a week or grandma comes in town and you give your nanny the day off, you should still pay your nanny for her normal working hours. Just like in daycare, you pay a set price each week to reserve your spot at the school. If your nanny has inconsistent pay, it becomes stressful for her and she might start looking for a position with more stability.
2. Be respectful of your nanny’s working space. Don’t leave a sink full of dirty dishes, toys everywhere and overflowing laundry when your nanny arrives Monday morning. Most nannies are willing to do light housekeeping pertaining to the child(ren) but if they have too much housework, then the focus is off of your children. A nanny’s #1 job is to care for children. Housework should be left for when children are napping or if the nanny arrives at your house while children are still in school. This allows her to have a specific time when she can focus on just housework and not have it distract from her job caring for your kids.
3. Communication Keep communication open! We recommend having regular time (once per month or every other month) where you can sit down and talk with your nanny. Talk about what is working and what might need some tweaking...for both sides! We also recommend doing a performance review at the 6 month or 1 year mark and give your nanny the opportunity to earn a raise or bonus for doing a great job.
4. Be respectful of your nanny’s time. We all have things that come up or we get stuck in traffic from time to time, but do your best to be home when you tell your nanny you will be home. If you are running late, give your nanny as much head’s up as possible in case she has other plans and needs to make arrangements. Just as you would like the same respect in the mornings when you are leaving for work.
5. Give Thanks There are many ways to show your appreciation for your nanny. It can simply be by saying thank you when you notice your nanny went above and beyond one week. Many families will get their nanny a gift for her birthday and bonus during the holidays. A typical holiday bonus is one week of pay and often families will have their child or children make something special for their nanny.
6. Taxes A nanny is considered a household employee and as their employer, you are required to pay taxes. It is illegal to pay your nanny "under the table" or as an independent contractor. A professional nanny will want to be paid legally.
7. Trust You hired your nanny because she probably has a lot of wonderful qualities and experience to where you felt comfortable leaving your precious children with her. Trust must be earned over time and while it is good to look out for red flags, once you establish trust with your nanny, give her freedom to do her job. While she should follow your lead and wishes for your child, no one likes to be micromanaged!
8. Back Her Up When your nanny is on duty, she should be the authority figure for your children. Unless she does something completely out of line with your parenting philosophy, it is best to back her up to follow through with discipline. If you undermine her in front of your children, your children aren't going to respect her when it comes to discipline.
9. Part of the Family Being a nanny is one of the most personal jobs you can have. You are in someones home and spending a good amount of time with their children. It goes a long way with your nanny when you make them feel included in your child's life. Little things like inviting them to your child's birthday party or recital means the world to your nanny because it shows them that you believe they are an important part of your child's life.
10. Be a team When you and your nanny work together as a team and both have the same end goal of keeping a safe, positive and loving environment for your children, everything runs smoother. When hiccups arise along the way, you should both go into the situation from a positive place and with the attitude of "How can we work together to find a solution to this".
Summer is quickly approaching! Do you have a plan for your kids for summer while school is out? A summer nanny is a great option for families. Avoid the hassle of keeping up with lots of different summer camps, we can find you a great nanny to do all of the fun things your kids will do at camp such as arts and crafts, pool time, music, dancing and playing outside! We have great summer nannies available such as teachers who have the summers off and college students. Contact us today to start your summer nanny search!
Now that we have expanded and service four cities (Atlanta, Augusta, Charleston and Cincinnati), we are allowing existing and new Annual Babysitting Membership families to utilize their membership at any of our locations for no extra cost! You will register with the placement provider in your area but if you travel to any of our other cities, you can get a sitter while on vacation. Click HERE to sign up for an Annual Babysitting Membership today!
Contact us today if you would like to purchase an Annual Babysitting Membership gift certificate! This is a great gift for any parent (or dad's you will get major points if you buy this for your wife!) This Annual Babysitting Membership is good for a full year of unlimited nights and weekend babysitting placements.
All sitters are fully screened by our agency including interviews, background checks, reference checks and they all must have at least 3 years of childcare experience.
Mention promo code: HolidayABM and get $25 off of your yearly membership for the months of November and December 2015.
To purchase email firstname.lastname@example.org and a placement provider will reach out to you will all the details you need to know to get registered!
Meet our Your Happy Nanny for October 2015, Joleigh Sonnenberg! Joleigh was previously placed with a family by our agency but is now available and looking for her next nanny family! Joleigh loves exploring all Atlanta has to offer and bringing her creative nature to her positions as a nanny. Take a look at her profile below and if she seems like the perfect nanny for your family, contact us to set up an interview to meet Joleigh!
Now that you have found the perfect nanny for your family, you might be coming to the realization that you are officially an "employer." So where do you start? What are the employment laws in your state? How will you know how much to deduct from your nanny's salary? How often are you supposed to report her earnings to the IRS? Is there a way to do direct deposits for your nanny? What if you are audited by the IRS? How can you know you did everything correctly?
All of these questions can be daunting, and managing nanny and household help taxes can be time consuming. Your Happy Nest encourages all of our clients to consider the trusted services of HomePay by Breedlove. The professionals at HomePay have taken all of the guesswork out of household employer tax requirements. Not only will they help you navigate your IRS obligations, they offer many services that greatly simplify the process. Along with expert guidance and support, they offer many services such as payroll management and tax filing. Download their free e-book and check out the video below to learn more about their services, or simply give them a call for a free consultation. (888-273-3356) We have a great relationship with this company, so don't forget to tell them that Your Happy Nest sent you!
Just in time for summer, senior accountant Diana Spatoulas answers important questions about handling the tax implications of household employees. via Accounting Today
Now that the school year has ended, it is time to consider child care during the summer months.Instead of sending children to day care or summer day camp, many parents consider hiring a nanny or frequent baby sitter to watch their children. As if balancing work and childrearing is not challenging enough, if parents get outside help to care for their children at home, they will also need to understand the tax implications. Unless they are tax experts, they probably have a few questions about how to do things correctly.
If parents have a nanny or frequent babysitter watching their children at home, that person is considered a household employee if she is in charge of what work is done and how it is done (which is usually the case). It does not matter whether the person works full time or part time, or that the person was hired through an agency or from a list provided by an agency or association. It also does not matter whether the person is paid for the job or on an hourly, daily or weekly basis. READ MORE
Simple Bliss Events is hosting the 2015 CSRA Baby Expo!
Saturday, February 7, 2015 at The Legends Club of Augusta.
Doors open at 9am!
Stop by our booth to receive a free "Happy Nest" charm (while supplies last) and register to win a free Annual Babysitting Membership (a $200 value!)
Admission is FREE! Click here to register and receive your free tickets.
We look forward to seeing you there!
This time of year we get a lot of inquiries from our wonderful families on what an appropriate holiday gift would be for their nanny.
Your holiday gift can depend on several factors:
- How long has your nanny been with your family?
- Is she your full-time nanny or just an occasional fill in or babysitter?
- Are you happy with the job your nanny is doing and do you want to keep her with your family for the long-term?
The typical rule of thumb for a regular nanny that works full or part-time hours is one to two weeks of pay. Families will also often give extra paid days off around the holidays as an added bonus. If you just have an occasional sitter or fill in nanny, a gift card for a massage, restaurant you know she likes or a handbag you know she has been eyeing are all appreciated gifts!
I also always suggest giving the nanny a handmade gift from your children. Nannies become nannies because they love children so they always appreciate a handmade picture frame with a picture of your child, a Christmas ornament made by your child or any other cute holiday craft you come up with!
At the end of the day, a holiday gift is a generous bonus and an opportunity for you to show your nanny how much you value their contribution to your family. Any gift that you feel is appropriate will be appreciated and accepted happily by your nanny.