Your Happy Nest Turns FIVE!

 

We are celebrating with cake, confetti and DISCOUNTS for our clients because

Your Happy Nest Nanny & Babysitting Agency is turning FIVE this week!

 
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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

So what are you waiting for?  

Click below on YOUR city and let our experts help you
find the perfect caregiver for your family.  

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Holiday Promotion!

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!need-an-extra

Your Happy Nanny October 2016- Kristin Dube

Our Your Happy Nanny for October 2016 is Kristin Dube who lives in Charleston, SC. Kristin just recently relocated to the Charleston area from New Hampshire and is looking for a long term full time nanny position. Kristin has also become one of our go-to fill in nannies for daytime and night time babysitting and we always receive very positive feedback on her! Please read her bio below and let us know if you'd like to schedule an interview with Kristin or to book her as a sitter! 13737605_10154394461838552_411643541701943073_o

 

What part of Charleston do you live in?

I recently moved to the Ladson area.

Where are you from originally?

I’m a New Hampshire native. I grew up about an hour outside of Boston. So I’m a New England sports fan to the core.

What language(s) do you speak?

I speak English, and only a minimal amount of French..but I do speak fluent “toddler.”

How long have you been a nanny?

I’ve been nannying for 6 years, and I’ve been babysitting for many more years than that.

Do you have a favorite age and why? 

I really enjoy 9-18 months old. I’ve had such great experiences witnessing the growth and development in those months. There are so many connections being made as a baby begins to really engage with their environment on a new level. I feel like the pride and happiness a child shows as they learn to master new tasks is an amazing thing to be a part of.

Funniest nanny moment:

One time I showed up on a Monday morning and let myself in(as usual). After a few minutes with no kids or parents in sight, I realized that something didn’t seem right. Within ten minutes I realized that it was Memorial Day and not only did I have the day off, but it was a paid holiday too. I awkwardly let the family know about my mistake and we had a good laugh over it.

Favorite thing about being a nanny:

I’d say my favorite part of being a nanny is the purpose that it gives me. I gain so much from being able to help support and love someone’s little one as they grow and learn about the world around them.

What is your strongest quality as a nanny? 

I think that life should be full of activities and opportunities to learn whether it’s through singing, dancing, activities, or trial and error. I pride myself on finding new ways to teach and encourage children to be creative and curious about how and why things work the way they do. Encouraging that sort of growth and development is something I think I am naturally good at.

Favorite place to bring children on an outing in Charleston: 

Since I just moved here, I don’t have much experience going on outings here, but back in New Hampshire we always enjoyed going to the beach and doing anything outdoors.

Favorite activities to do with kids on a rainy day: 

Rainy days can be perfect for baking or lots of messy arts and crafts. They’re also a great excuse to get some new library books and build “reading nest” to snuggle up inside of. All you need is some sheets to hang up, and plenty of stuffed animals and pillows.

What is your educational background?

I’ve attended a Christian University in Illinois, but transferred back east to take night classes while I nannied full time. I plan on transferring my credits to a school down here so I can finish my degree while I continue working with kids.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Lately I’ve been trying to perfect the art of baking home made bread. Though I’ll never be as good as my mom, I’m loving the challenge. I also love to take out my DSLR to find something new and interesting to take a photo of. I’ve always enjoyed the art of capturing an image in a way that speaks for itself. I especially love taking children’s portraits and engagement photos.

When are you available to start a new position?

I’m working as a fill in nanny or a date night sitter while I wait for the right full time position, so my availability is very open and flexible. I just really want to find a family I can connect to and develop a great relationship with.

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Fam Jam- A Free Family Festival in Marion Square

WHY PLAY?

FAM JAM 2016 celebrates the power of PLAY and shows children and their grown-ups that being active can be fun. This year, Children's Museum of the Lowcountry (in collaboration with the Charleston Farmer’s Market) is gearing up for an exciting event in Marion Square and is planning an action-packed day of fun and PLAY! In addition, CML collaborates with more than 25 community partners who will participate in the event, providing a host of playful crafts and activities to engage children of all ages. AND, all FAM JAM attendants receive FREE admission to the Children’s Museum that day! You don’t want to miss out on this day of fun!

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Date:
September 17
Time:
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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Marion Square
329 Meeting St Charleston, SC 29403 United States
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Your Happy Nanny- Charleston

Meet Laura Schroeder, Your Happy Nanny Charleston for the month of June!

Laura is a parent of three and full time nanny who has been credentialed by the International Nanny Association. She is Positive Discipline certified, First Aid/ CPR certified and has 25+ years child care experience.  She has a BS degree in developmental psychology, and many hours of masters work and continuing education in early childhood topics.  She is trained and experienced with newborns through teens including special needs and autism.  She has just recently been certified as a Positive Discipline Parent Educator, and has presented a local, regional and national nanny conferences on several topics including Positive Discipline, Working with Families affected by ASD, and preparing developmentally appropriate curriculum. Laura is looking for a new full time family to begin with mid August. Schedule an interview with her asap through Your Happy Nest before another family snatches her up!

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What part of Charleston do you live in?

I've lived with my husband and 3 children on James Island since 2003 and absolutely love it!

Where are you from originally?  

I was born in Huntingdon, PA, grew up in Glen Ridge, NJ, attended college in Collegeville, PA, and have also lived in Jeffersonville, PA, Collingswood, NJ, and Flower Mound, TX.

What language(s) do you speak?

I've studied French, a little Spanish, and American Sign Language, but am only fluent in English and baby sign language.

How long have you been a nanny?

I've been working with children either in social work or childcare for more than 25 years.  I've been a nanny for 14 years, and have been with my current family for 5.5 years.

Do you have a favorite age and why?

I honestly love children of all ages.  From the youngest infant cuddles all the way to high school, I love helping children learn and grow.

Favorite thing about being a nanny:  

I love working together with parents as a team in the children's best interests.  I adore having fun with children, laughing, being silly, and learning through play.  My favorite thing of all is the loving bond I enjoy with my nanny families.

What is your strongest quality as a nanny?

Aside from a genuine love of children, my greatest nanny qualities are my patience (nothing rattles me), my love of teaching, and my willingness to continue to learn and add to my knowledge of the very best childcare practices.

Favorite place to bring children on an outing in Charleston:

There are so many great places to go in Charleston and I think I've brought my nanny children to all of them!  We always have a great time at Charlestowne Landing.  We start with the zoo for science, the village for history, and the boat for imaginary play.  The open fields are great for gross motor practice, and the museum has opportunities for writing and fine motor skills.  The perfect mix of learning and fun!

Favorite activities to do with kids on a rainy day:

Rainy days are great days for cooking, crafts, board games, puzzles, and of course dance parties!  Creativity rules!

What is your educational background?

I've received my BS degree in developmental psychology, and have taken masters level classes in social work.  I studied to become an ABA therapist, and have kept up with my CPR and First Aid Certifications.  I am  certified in Child Centered Discipline, and am also a certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator.  I attend local, regional and national conferences regularly and have been a recent presenter on topics including Positive Discipline, Autism, and Nanny Shares.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I'm active in my church including running the nursery every Sunday.  I also love the beach, especially swimming in the ocean.  Our family is active with the music scene in Charleston, and are often found at the new Gaillard Auditorium . If there is any time left I enjoy the gym and long walks with my dog Grace.

When are you available to start a new position?

I'm available to start with a new family anytime after August 15th and am interviewing now.

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Your Happy Nanny Charleston- Berkeley Fisher

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Meet Berkeley Fisher, our Your Happy Nanny in Charleston for December! Berkeley is a current Junior at the College of Charleston and is looking for a part time afterschool position and babysitting jobs!

What part of Charleston do you live in?

Downtown Charleston

Where are you from originally? 

Spindale, North Carolina

What language(s) do you speak?

English, limited Spanish

How long have you been a nanny?

I have been working with children for five years between being a nanny, babysitter, camp counselor, and most recently I worked at a non profit afterschool program called WINGS for underprivileged children which I absolutely loved!

Do you have a favorite age and why? 

Ages 5-10. They are so creative!

Funniest nanny moment:

The mother came home from a function and went to the children’s room to give them a kiss. The mother

said “Goodnight sweet girl,” and the daughter, half asleep, said “Goodnight my sweet babysitter.” Cutest

moment ever!

Favorite thing about being a nanny: 

I love helping kids use their imagination and creativity! Playtime is my favorite time of the day.

What is your strongest quality as a nanny? 

Keeping it fun! I am energetic and just like to play and keep kids busy.

Favorite place to bring children on an outing in Charleston: 

Waterfront Park

Favorite activities to do with kids on a rainy day: 

Board games, dress-up, movies, and reading.

What is your educational background?

Currently a junior at the College of Charleston as a Communication Major and Leadership Minor

What do you like to do in your free time?

Hiking, reading, exploring town, and playing board games.

When are you available to start a new position?

As soon as possible!

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Conquering the Nanny Tax

Untitled designJust 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.

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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

Holiday bonus and gift ideas for your nanny!

What should I give my nanny for a holiday bonus- 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.

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