Posts Tagged ‘nanny’

Finding a babysitter

Monday, February 8th, 2010

22231364_thb1I planned on returning to the office when my daughter turned one. I was excited about the idea to interacting with colleagues again, but felt very nervous (and guilty) about leaving her. We don’t live near family, so I had to look to outside resources for help. My husband asked, “how are we going to do this?” At a loss for words, I shook my head. How will we ever find someone we can trust?

With a heavy heart, I started my search online. It was important to us that we find a facility where the providers were trained and supervised. I researched local daycare providers and came across two helpful websites in the process. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) both provide useful information for locating accredited child care facilities and providers.

Ultimately, we decided to hire a nanny who would care for our daughter in our home. Logistically, this just worked better for us. I joined a website that provided all of the initial screening information we were looking including, experience, references and background checks. We interviewed a few candidates and feel we made the best decision for our daughter and the individual needs of our family. It was a scary process in the beginning, but it actually turned out just fine. Thank goodness for camera phones! Our nanny sends pictures throughout the day. It’s so reassuring to see my daughter’s smile.

Are you a working mom? How are you managing? I’m new at this, so I’d love to hear from others who are in the same boat.

Choosing a child care provider

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

My neighbor, Maddie, is adorable and I love her to pieces.  She is 28 and eight months pregnant.  She has a fulltime job and really enjoys her work as a graphic artist and she is great at what she does.  She is planning on going back to work when her baby is about three months old.  Her husband is going to take family leave for three months after Maddie’s three months of maternity leave.  It’s after that that concerns them both.

Maddie and her husband have been talking about finding good child care for the baby and, as they are finding out, it’s not an easy thing to do.  They have been considering in-home care with an au pair or a nanny, family child care in someone else’s home, and day care in a local center.  Are you in a similar situation? We have written some things to consider when choosing a child care provider.  Do you have other suggestions I can pass on to them?