Your Happy Nanny Atlanta August -- Julia D.

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Parents, meet Julia D., our Your Happy Nanny Atlanta for the month of August! Julia is a college graduate who has experience as an infant nanny, household manager/nanny for a school-aged child, and preschool teacher. She loves being active, practicing yoga, spending time outdoors, and exploring the city. Julia is seeking a wonderful family to create a lasting relationship with. We'd love to set up your interview with Julia right away!

What part of Atlanta do you live in? I live in Smyrna near SunTrust Park.

Where are you from originally? I am originally from Venice, FL which is about 20 minutes south of Siesta Key.

What language(s) do you speak? I speak English.

How long have you been a nanny? I have over seven years of experience in the childcare field which includes being a nanny, as well as working in a preschool. I have been a full-time nanny for the past two and a half years.

Do you have a favorite age and why? I love working with children at every age, but I especially love watching newborns develop into toddlers. I think it’s amazing to witness all the milestones that happen during the first year of life.

Funniest nanny moment: I have had numerous funny moments while working as a nanny and that’s one of the main things that I love about working with children. One of my most recent funny nanny moments was when I was reading a 3-year-old a book before bedtime and he kept pointing to all the toys in the book saying “You order me dis on Amazon pwease?”

Favorite thing about being a nanny: My favorite thing about being a nanny is getting to form such a strong relationship with the children I watch and their families. I love helping them grow and supporting them during different stages of their lives. It’s truly amazing to be able to watch a young baby develop his/her own personality and become a talking and walking child.

What is your strongest quality as a nanny? My strongest quality as a nanny would definitely be my creative and active personality. I’m always coming up with new crafts, games, and activities for children at any age. I love to keep a busy and engaging schedule throughout the day. I think that playing and keeping activities fun is the best way to help children learn new things!

Favorite place to bring children on an outing in Atlanta:  My favorite place to bring children on an outing in Atlanta would have to be the Georgia Aquarium. I love to see their faces while watching the sea lion, dolphin, and deep sea diver shows! It is such an enriching environment for children to interact with and learn about different animals and the ocean.

Favorite activities to do with kids on a rainy day:  Some of my favorite rainy day activities include arts and crafts, baking cupcakes, building sensory bags, playing hide and seek, or putting on a talent show.

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What is your educational background? I attended Venice High school where I was my class president. After high school, I obtained my Associates degree from State College of Florida. After getting my AA degree, I transferred to University of Central Florida in Orlando where I recently graduated with my BS degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Otherwise known as a “ComDis” degree, it is the undergraduate program for Speech and Language Pathology. My ComDis degree has taught me a tremendous amount on speech and language development in children and the importance of reading to them on a daily basis.

What do you like to do in your free time? In my free time, I love working out, doing yoga, hiking, reading, creating new home projects, exploring the city, cooking healthy meals, and spending time outdoors.

What special skills do you bring to a family as their nanny? I am a very proactive, creative. loving, patient, and responsible nanny. I have a strong work ethic and am always reliable for the families I work with.

When are you available to start a new position? I’m available to start on August 22nd.

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Your Happy Nanny Cincinnati April--Kelly M.

Meet Kelly M., our Your Happy Nanny for the month of April!  

Kelly is seeking a full time nanny position for this summer!  She is available to start on May 28th and commit until August 3rd.  Kelly has her bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education with a 4th/5th grade reading endorsement and is a first grade teacher.  Your Happy Nest has worked with Kelly in the past and has a full background report on file.  Kelly is CPR and First Aid certified and available to interview immediately! 

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What part of Cincinnati do you live in?  I currently live in Mount Lookout, but I am moving to West Chester in the beginning of May.

Where are you from originally?  I am originally from Minster, Ohio which is a really small town about 2 hours north of Cincinnati.

What language(s) do you speak?  I speak English.

How long have you been a nanny?  I have over nine years of experience in childcare including being a nanny and working in various school settings as well.  I was a nanny throughout high school and college and I now nanny during the summers.

Do you have a favorite age and why?  I have experience working with children from newborns to teenagers, so it is difficult for me to have a favorite age!  I would say I have a favorite age range from 2-3 years old. Children at this age start to show their personality and are exploring, becoming more independent, and being social and curious.  I love to introduce children of all ages to new challenges and watch them grow!

Funniest nanny moment:  I like to ask kids I nanny for how old they think I am.  Most of the time the kids are way off and I get some pretty funny guesses!  I was nannying for a family with two kids and one of them guessed that I was 7 years old and the other one guessed 75 years old.  I am 24 years old, so they were a little off!

Favorite thing about being a nanny:  My favorite thing about being a nanny is being part of a child’s development. It is very rewarding watching a child face challenges and be successful.  I love to watch children grow and know that I can be a positive impact in their life!

What is your strongest quality as a nanny?  My strongest quality as a nanny is my experience in early childhood education.  I know about the different stages of childhood development as far as where kids should be at and how I can help them explore their curiosities. I have a passion for bringing creativity to kids and helping them learn!

Favorite place to bring children on an outing in Cincinnati:  I love to taking children of all ages to the various beautiful parks in Cincinnati. I also love to take kids to the pool, zoo, and aquarium.

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Favorite activities to do with kids on a rainy day:  On a rainy day, I love to do arts and crafts and play board games!

What is your educational background?  I graduated from the Ohio State University with a bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education with a 4th/5th grade and reading endorsement. I am currently a first grade teacher at Monroe Primary School.  I have experience student teaching in a daycare, preschool, 1st grade, and 2nd grade classroom.

What do you like to do in your free time?  I love to cook, paint, listen to music, and explore the city of Cincinnati! I love to be outdoors when the weather is nice, and I also love to stay in on a rainy day to read books and watch movies.

When are you available to start a new position?  I am available to start on May 28th!

Families: Suggestions on What to Give Your Nanny for a Holiday Bonus

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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

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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!