A Special Thank You to Babysitters

February 24th, 2017

Being a nanny and a babysitter is an extremely important job.  You are responsible for caring for and keeping safe a parent’s most precious gift.  The days are filled with changing diapers, washing and refilling sippy cups and/or bottles, playing, reading, changing more diapers, and playing some more! It’s a tireless job that sometimes goes unnoticed.  Not by this mom!  Read the thank you Laura Harris wrote to her sitters for everything they do.

” My two kids are at the babysitter’s today. They’re running around in the watchful and loving care of my friend, Seyly, while I sit in a cafe and type on my laptop, listening to movie soundtracks in my earbuds. This is my one full day outside of the home to work as a freelance writer. My one day to chase my dream.

The rest of the week, I chase my other two little dreams. One has my laugh; the other has his daddy’s. For a long time, I felt guilty about doing something like this for myself. Then, I realized, it really does take a village. You, the babysitters, helped me overcome some pretty difficult stuff, and it’s time I shared my thanks with you.

Soon, I’ll pull into my friend’s driveway, and feel a flutter of excitement at the thought of seeing my children. I’ll open the door and find them both, safe and sound, racing around the house. It’s possible that they’ll react to my entrance by running away and sobbing, but I’ve come to take that as a good sign. They had a good time.

There’s no telling what kind of day my friend had, however. No telling how many bodily excretions she had to smell or wipe up. No telling how much food my kids spilled on her table or floor. I’ve been that sitter, as many of us have, and I just want to say,”Thanks.”

To all the sitters: You’re awesome and you probably don’t get paid enough. Some of you even choose not to get paid at all. You love our kids and keep ’em safe while we, the parents, try to remember the basic functions of adulthood sans babies.”

What a sweet thank you!  Read the full blog here.

If you are interested in becoming a nanny or babysitter contact TLC for Kids!  We are hiring in St. Louis, Atlanta, Miami, Boston, Tampa, Orlando, and Jacksonville.

 

 

Great Part Time Jobs Available Today!

February 20th, 2017

TLC NannyAre you reliable and do you love working with kids?  TLC for Kids has flexible part time jobs with competitive pay and great hours!

TLC for Kids offers many types of nanny positions (full time, part-time, and after-school), but we also offer temporary babysitting positions.  These temporary jobs are great for students!

As a TLC temporary nanny, you have complete control over your own schedule—there is an online calendar where you post your available hours. The calendar lets the agency know when you are available, so when a family calls and requests a sitter for Monday from 9am-5pm, they know they can call you for the job. This type of scheduling allows you to go to school, maintain your social life, volunteer, etc.

Another perk of being a TLC sitter is the pay:  a minimum of $12/hour (most of the families also tip their sitters). You always get paid for four hours of work, even if you only work for three. For example, if a family only needs a caregiver from 3pm-6pm, they are required to pay their sitter for four hours worth of work. You can also earn more money by taking multiple jobs a day. If you work for one family from 7:30-4:30, it is easy to get another job that goes from 5:30-10:30. The more you work for TLC for Kids, the more families start to request you and the more your income grows.

Not only is being a temporary babysitter profitable and flexible, but it is also a lot of fun! TLC for Kids caregivers are expected to show up to a job with a blue TLC for Kids bag packed with fun, age-appropriate activities for the kids. Most of the children know that TLC sitters bring cool games to their house, so when you arrive on the job the kids are very excited to play with you.

To become a TLC temporary sitter, you must be 18 years or older and have a minimum of three childcare references and an insured vehicle.

Apply online today to become a TLC babysitter!

Why you Should Use a Nanny Agency

February 17th, 2017

St. Louis NannyNeed childcare?  Have you thought about hiring a full-time or part-time nanny? St. Louis families have been using TLC for Kids to help them find nannies for over thirty years and so should you!

We’ve put together a list of reasons why you should use a nanny agency to conduct your nanny search.

1. A nanny agency only sends you vetted nannies.  The agency does extensive screening and personally interviews the candidates.  This makes the process much safer for your and your family.

2. Using a nanny agency makes the process more personal. A placement counselor  will get to know you and find out what is uniquely important to your family and will send you candidates that fit your pre-determined qualifications.
3. A nanny agency gives you a manageable number of candidates. Fewer is better so that parents are not overwhelmed by a sea of possibilities.

4. Using a nanny agency saves you a lot of time and energy sifting through sometimes hundreds of candidates.

5. When using a nanny agency  you will work with a placement counselor who will step you through the whole process of interviewing and negotiating employment agreements; will provide payroll and tax direction; and will be a helpful resource throughout the period of the nanny’s employment.

6. Families who want the best nannies use agencies because the highest quality nannies work exclusively with nanny agencies. They do not want to call strangers from a blind posting. Agencies offer them a safe, professional representation.

To learn more TLC for Kids visit our website or call Debbie at 314-725-5660.

TLC For Kids, Inc. has been St. Louis’ premier nanny and babysitting agency  for over 30 years.   TLC For Kids’ dedicated staff is ready to assist you in finding nannies, tutors, newborn care specialists, sitters and more.  Reach us at info@tlcforkids.com or 314-725-5660.

Car Seat Safety Tips for Nannies

January 23rd, 2017

Our guest post today comes from Regarding Nannies, a blog founded by three career nannies, and full of useful information and resources. 

As a nanny, you’re not only investing in your childcare career, you’re also investing in the well-being and safety of someone else’s children. Your responsibility is to provide maximum care and the most hazard-free environment, which may include traveling via car.

You may prefer to use your own vehicle for your job because you’re more comfortable and secure driving. But you’ll want to ensure your clients that your car is well-equipped to safely transport children with as minimal risk as possible. Here’s some guidance to follow if you choose to use your personal car to shuttle kids to and fro as a nanny.

Read more on Car Seat Safety Tips for Nannies

Paying Your Nanny Legally is the Right Thing To Do

January 16th, 2017

Every January, we’re asked by both nannies and parents on how to file taxes as an employee / employer.  A nanny is considered a household employee and should receive a W-2. Many times both nannies and parents find this process confusing. There are some wonderful services out there to help both parties navigate the complicated world of nanny taxes.

Still unsure what you need to do? Our friends at HomeWork Solutions have a wonderful library of resources with all the answers.

Paying Your Nanny Legally is the Right Thing to Do 

Why You Can’t Give Your Nanny a 1099

What to do when you don’t get a W-2

Recovering From a C-Section

January 13th, 2017

Having a C-Section is major surgery and any mom should expect  4-6 weeks of recovery time.  If this is your first or third C-Section it’s best to know what to expect after the surgery.

Most C-Sections require a 4 day stay in the hospital after the delivery. Upon coming home you will be advised not to lift anything heavier than your baby.  You will also be told that you shouldn’t drive or go up and down stairs.  This can be very difficult for moms who live on multi-story homes.  What can a mom do?

Hiring an expect to help you take care of the baby is a great option.  Postpartum Doula’s, a Baby Nurse or Newborn Care Specialist  can all help Mom recover and heal from her surgery.

 

Postpartum Doula

A Postpartum Doula provides support for the mother and the rest of the family. A big part of the Doula’s job is to “mother the mother” and help the new mother recover after birth. The Doula can offer breastfeeding and bottlefeeding support, help establish newborn procedures and routines, along with other infant care needs.  The Doula can also provide some light housekeeping, errand running and meal preparation.

Baby Nurse

Most parents typically use the word “Baby Nurse” to describe around-the-clock infant care assistance. This person is usually not a registered nurse. She is typically a non-medically trained caregiver whose main focus is on the infant. The Baby Nurse has a bed in the room with the baby. She is responsible for feeding, changing, burping, rocking, soothing, and swaddling the new baby. The baby nurse may also assist with the infant’s laundry and bottle washing.

Newborn Care Specialist (NCS)

The responsibilities of the NCS include feeding, bathing, changing the infant, washing/cleaning/sterilizing bottles, and initiating a schedule for sleeping, meals, nap and play time. Other responsibilities include advising and providing any requested consultation on infant needs, swaddling, breastfeeding guidance, cord and circumcision care and nursery organization. An NCS can work days, nights or around the clock. The training a NCS receives can vary from more official groups like Newborn Care Specialist Association (NCSA) to smaller trainings led by individual agencies or no specific training at all. Many NCS have been providing care to new moms for decades! They bring to the family years of practical experience.

All three caregivers offer overnight services. A good night’s sleep is by far the biggest need for parents with an infant! The caregiver typically arrives at 10 pm and stays until 6 or 7 am, allowing parents to sleep and feel well rested for the next day.

 

For more information, call TLC 305-256-5905 in Florida and 314-725-5660 in St. Louis and ask about Postpartum Doulas, Baby Nurses, and Newborn Care Specialists today. Or, visit our website at tlcforkids.com.

TLC can provide an extra set of loving arms for you and your new baby!

 

 

 

 

 

Find Your Rewarding Job as a Nanny

January 6th, 2017

Helping caregivers find rewarding careers as a nanny is such a fulfilling job.  I love being able to match nannies and Saint Louis families looking for childcare.   Today I received this email from a nanny.  It brought a smile to my face on this cold morning!

“I am enjoying Rory and his family. He is almost 15 months already and starting to walk!  In a couple weeks, he will probably be running!

Also, TLC has always been good to me and I would not go through any other nanny agency.   Thanks for always being there to answer questions for me and to help me!

Wishing you and all the staff a Happy New Year!”

We have lots of great jobs for nannies.  Here are some of the many jobs we have open for 2017.

Job 465 in O’Fallon: Infant needs a part-time nanny. Hours are Mon, Tues, Thursday from 7:30am-5:30pm with a salary of $550/wk. This cutie pie needs a nanny to help with general child care that includes changing, feeding, napping and hugs and kisses. There are 3 other siblings that live in the home. They go to school during the day but maybe there for a couple of hours before and after school. You may be asked to take and/or pick up from a practice or before or after school. There is a cat allergy and a peanut allergy in this home.   Some light housekeeping will be requested.  They do have a cleaning service that comes in 1x per week.

Job 453 in South County: Special needs young adult needs assistance in the afternoons from 3:30-6 or 7p.  Pay is $21/hr. Daughter is in her early 20’s but developmentally the age of a 3 or 4 year old. Nanny will help with transportation, personal hygiene, feeding and provide walking assistance. This position requires someone that has experience working with someone with people who have autism. This is a laid back,  family orientated family that is excited to introduce an amazing caregiver/friend to their daughter.

Job 445 in Clayton:  Fun family looking for a nanny Monday and Tuesday from 8a-5p.  Salary is $15-$20/hr. Nanny will watch two kids to start and new baby coming in May. Family believes in a healthy and active lifestyle. They keep TV time to a minimum, believe in a set nap schedule and discipline with time outs and loss of privileges.

Read about all of our positions on our job board.  Click to apply for nanny jobs.

 

Happy New Year

December 30th, 2016

Thank you to all of our wonderful clients and caregivers for a great 2016.

We are so excited to see what we can do together in 2017!

 

New Jobs for 2017!

December 16th, 2016
We have some new and exciting permanent jobs for 2017!
Read about some of these great opportunities below.  To learn more about them and to apply contact Chrissy at Chrissy@tlcforkids.com.
Full-Time Live in Job in Jefferson City:  Family moving to Jefferson City is looking for a nanny to move with them!  Family with two young children needs a full time nanny approximately 40-45 hours a week.  They will need some evenings and weekends, but most hours will be weekday.  On weekends the nanny is not needed, she is free to come back to STL or go wherever.  Pay is between $30,000-$35,000/yr. Would also consider a live-out nanny.
Adult Part-Time Companion Care:  22-year-old girl needs afternoon care from 3:30 pm to 6 or 7 pm.  Driving will be needed to pick her up from daytime program and bring her home.  Developmentally she is age 3 or 4 and in the afternoon likes to go for walks, play with her balls or dolls.  Pay is $21/hr.
Part-Time Meal Planner/Housekeeper:  Maplewood family is looking for someone to shop, prep and cook Paleo-friendly meals.  Absolute hours needed are Tuesday and Thursday from 3-6 when the two school-age girls need to picked up and watched.  The other hours needed to clean the house and prep the meals are flexible.  Pay is $15-$17/hr.
After-School Nanny:  Family in Clayton is looking for a nanny M-F from 3-8pm.  Could start at 2pm if nanny wants more hours.  Nanny will be watching two boys who need help staying focused on school work.  This family has a busy schedule and needs someone who can keep everyone on track.   Nanny will also help with things around the house as needed and prepare dinner for the boys and herself.  Pay is $15/hr.

We have other great jobs jobs available too.  Read about them on our job board.

The Latest Must Have Accessory for New Moms

December 15th, 2016

A recent article from the New York Post suggests that hiring a postpartum doula is the latest accessory for new moms.  Moms give birth  and then are expected to do it all.  However, it’s not easy to handle the stress of bringing a new baby into the home.   A doula can help.  doula is a Greek work and means “women helping women.”  The postpartum doula is there to nurture the new mom.   She helps mom with whatever needs to be done.  It can be cleaning, cooking, running errands, taking care of the baby or playing with a sibling.

Many doulas have newborn care training and can offer mom support in nursing, bathing and sleep training.   Hiring a doula can provide mom the support she needs to ease into motherhood.  TLC Florida has doulas in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Plam Beach, St. Petersburg, and Tampa.  Some doulas are willing to travel if expenses are covered. Visit our website at tlcforkids.com to learn more.

To read the full article from the New York Post click here .