My kids have been going crazy stuck indoors (I bet yours have too!). I reached out to several indoor play centers over the last couple of days to see if I can work out a “Beat the #SeattleSmoke” discount for our members.
I can’t believe another summer is winding down! School will start for my family in less than three weeks, and I am beginning to mentally prepare myself for the cooler weather (yay!) and packing school lunches (boo!) again.
For families who already have a nanny it’s a great time to touch base to ensure everyone is on the same page with routine changes. These seven tips will help things run smoothly this school year for your family and your nanny:
Looking for Seattle child care rates? With current, reliable market rate information for child care hard to come by, we have spent the past year surveying our members on what they pay (or are paid) for various child care scenarios (and we continue to do so!).
You can find all of those surveys and results here.
Many members have asked if we can compile all of the hourly rate averages into one place. No problem! Please see the below infographic for the hourly rate averages of all our pay surveys to date.
As we always mention, please DO NOT use these results as a definitive guide to child care pay rates in our area. Each child care scenario is different. Some parents and care providers agree that the provider should only provide child care. Others decide that the provider will handle child care and light household duties. In addition, average pay rates in the far suburbs of Seattle (i.e. Everett, Federal Way, Auburn, etc.) are lower than those found in the city of Seattle. Use this as a rough snapshot of current trends in the Puget Sound region.
It’s seven o’clock in the evening when you hear a text message come in. Your nanny lets you know she is sick and won’t be in the next day. You feel panic rising up in your body…your husband is on a business trip and you can’t miss work tomorrow. You madly scroll through your contacts and message anyone who might be able to help. No luck.
It’s six o’clock in the morning and you wake up feeling like you had waaaay too much fun last night…only it’s flu season and your carefree partying years are just a vague memory now. Ugh. And your other half can’t miss work. How will you EVER keep up with your two spider monkeys – I mean, kids – AND avoid getting them sick as well?
These are actual scenarios that have happened to me. I was thankful to have Nanny Parent Connection as a resource to find last minute child care each time. But I’ll admit, I was a little nervous and stressed because like most parents, I don’t just let ANYBODY watch my kids.
As a parent who regularly needs last minute fill-in child care (because honestly, who wants to tote three children along to a doctor appointment, or to a pedicure or lunch with a friend), I found myself wishing for an option that made me feel more comfortable with the person caring for my children in a pinch.
I’m SO excited to announce that we will soon be launching our VERIFIED Last Minute Care Service!
Want a break from the norm? Maybe something a little different from your usual routine? I just worked out a special discount to MoPOP (Museum of Pop Culture) for Nanny Parent Connection members!
Enjoy special savings when you attend the Maker Faire at MoPOP – happening this Saturday, August 18th and Sunday, August 19th from 10am-5pm. You also have the option to upgrade your tickets for MoPOP museum entrance at a significant savings!
More about the Maker Faire from the MoPOP website:
“The Seattle Mini Maker Faire…the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth. Part science fair, part country fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is a gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors.”
“Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. It’s a venue for makers to showcase their work and interact with others about it.”
This sounds AMAZING and we plan on taking our lego building, Minecraft obsessed 10 year old boy for a visit.
There is an early bird discount on tickets to this event if purchased by August 12th. The early bird pricing is:
Adult: $23 $19
Student w/ ID: $19 $15
Youth (5-17): $14 $10
MoPOP Member: $18 $14
MoPOP Member Youth (5-17): $11 $7
Child (4 and under): FREE
Nanny Parent Connection Members can save an additional $2.00 off each purchase. Purchases of five tickets or more will receive 10% off the total price (online only through August 12th).
Members – for instructions on how to redeem,click here!
Not a member yet? Sign up today! Memberships start at $2.99/month for care providers and $8.99/month for parents. Click here to sign up!
Over the last several months, we have asked our members to complete pay surveys to provide the parents and care providers of our region a snapshot of the average pay for different child care scenarios (i.e. one child, two children, nanny shares, etc).
With summer upon us and the start of the school year just around the corner, we wanted to take this opportunity to update the pay rate information for nannies caring for one child part time. Today, we present our July 2018 Part Time for One Child Nanny Pay Survey results!
As you can tell, there is a lot more information below versus our previous surveys. I very much want to hear what you think about these new surveys. Are there other questions you would like asked? Would you mind if the survey was a bit longer? Comment below!
Note from Laura: This week, the Seattle City Council passed a hastily organized Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights. Despite the best efforts of nannies, the language in the bill is muddled, and may be interpreted in a way that runs counter to industry standards and established law. More specifically, parts of this bill leave nannies open to being misclassified as independent contracts or salaried employees. This bill could NEGATIVELY impact families that employ nannies or other household employees.
Please take a moment to read the below message written by nannies and join me in signing their petition to Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan calling on her to hear the collective voice of nannies across Seattle. You will find the link to the petition at the end of this post. Thank you in advance!
As you may have seen in the news, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights. This bill, and the laws that it just enacted, seek equal rights for domestic workers such as home caregivers, house cleaners, and nannies.
Specifically, the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights will:
Ensure domestic workers are paid the minimum wage
Provide guaranteed breaks
Make withholding of identity papers (e.g. passports, gov’t issued immigration documents) illegal
Stipulate overtime pay regulations
Require 24 hours off for every six consecutive days worked for live-in domestic workers
Create a standards board where federal and state laws can be upheld for domestic workers
My husband is a tad obsessed with technology. While we currently have both an audio and video baby monitor to keep an eye (and ear) on the twin babies, he wanted to make use of the Amazon Echo Dots that we currently have scattered across our house to monitor the children.
I’ve tried this out and it works GREAT! An excellent idea for parents not wanting to shell out $100+ for a new baby monitor and for nannies and sitters that might want to keep an ear on what the older kids are doing in the other room.
If you already have Echo devices installed in your home, this will literally take about three minutes to set up.
Note from Laura: With the start of the school year just around the corner, many parents are considering the different types of child care for their little ones. As our family has grown, my husband and I have had countless discussions about what type of child care is the best for introducing our children to the idea of community, peers, and decision-making.
If we hire a nanny, do our kids miss out on peer interactions that are vital for their development? Is it better for our children to be surrounded by their peers in a preschool or daycare environment? Read on for an incredibly insightful post from certified parenting coach and local mom Beaven Walters.
As parents of young children, you have many decisions to make during the first several years of your child’s life.
Cloth or disposable diapers?
Homemade baby food or store bought?
Co-sleeping or a crib in a separate room?
Return to work or become a stay-at-home parent?
There are so many choices before you and so much conflicting information to wade through. As modern parents, you want to make the best choices for your children that can help them on their road to maturation and reaching their full potential in life.
When it comes to choices around socialization, you may be weighing the options of a daycare, a nanny/nanny share/au pair, a preschool, toddler classes, or playgroups. You may fear that if you are a stay-at-home parent or if your children are in the care of a nanny or au pair during the day, they may not have the same opportunities to become socialized as compared to children in daycares or preschools. However, that is one fear I hope to alleviate because the reality is that peers and peer friendships are not the key to your child becoming socialized.
Over the last several months, we have asked our members to complete pay surveys to provide the parents and care providers of our region a snapshot of the average pay for different child care scenarios (i.e. one child, two children, part time, nanny shares, etc).
With summer upon us and the start of the school year just around the corner, we wanted to take this opportunity to update the pay rate information for nannies caring for one child part time. Today, we present our July 2018 Part Time for One Child Nanny Pay Survey. The survey is very short and you should be able to complete it in about one minute:
Nannies – have you provided PART TIME care for one child in the past year?Parents – in the past year, have you employed a nanny PART TIME to care for your child? If so, please complete the survey below: