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The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year.  With so much to do in just a month or so, you may be relying on your nanny more than ever to keep your household running smoothly.  Maybe you need to find a nanny but don’t have a spare second to do it.  Twinkle Toes can help with both of those things.  Here are our tips on navigating holiday schedules and time off for nannies as well as the nanny services we provide.





Plan Ahead

December can get packed full of events and activities seemingly before you have time to blink.  With things like shopping for gifts on your to-do list, you may be calling on nanny services more than you used to.  This is fine, but make sure to have a schedule and stick to it as much as possible.  Having your nanny come over to watch the kids more often during the holidays is one thing.  Springing last-minute requests on them all the time is quite another.  You can hardly expect your regular nanny to be available every second you need them during December.  Sit down with your nanny before the craziness of the holidays takes over too much and make a plan for what the next month will look like.  You’ll both be grateful later.

Don’t Expect Free Overtime

The holidays will probably have your nanny working overtime.  Again, this is okay, but make sure their new hours are reflected in their pay.  This is especially important to pay attention to with live-in nannies.  It can be easy to add in a few extra hours here and there and not realize how quickly they are adding up.  Nanny services should not be provided for free.  Every nanny should receive their regular hourly wage, whether they are full or part-time.  It can be nice around the holidays to give your nanny a little extra money as a gift and as a way to say thanks for all the help they’ve provided to your family.

Realize Your Nanny Needs a Holiday, Too

Some nannies may be available to work on holidays, and some won’t.  Don’t assume your nanny will be free.  Ask ahead of time.  Live-in nannies may want to go home for the holidays.  Expect requests for time off around this time of year.  Hopefully, you have discussed the protocol for this beforehand.  If your regular nanny is not around during December, Twinkle Toes can help you find a nanny for backup care.  You get the final say on whether or not you want a different person watching your children, but we strive to always have nanny services available for our families.

Find a Nanny During the Holidays  

Trying to find a nanny with all the other things on your holiday to-do list?  Twinkle Toes Nanny Agency is here to help.  We make getting nanny services fast, easy, and convenient.  All of our nannies undergo extensive background checks and interviews, so by the time you talk to them, you know that nanny is someone you can trust.  Twinkle Toes offers full-time and part-time nanny services. 

We also have babysitting services provided by our same qualified childcare workers.  Whether you have an office holiday party or a family event, Twinkle Toes can help find a nanny for babysitting for a few hours or all day.  Don’t wait until the stress of the holidays has overrun the joy of the season.  Visit Twinkle Toes online to find a nanny or babysitter that will fit your needs and your schedule.  

The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year.  With so much to do in just a month or so, you may be relying on your nanny more than ever to keep your household running smoothly.  Maybe you need to find a nanny but don’t have a spare second to do it.  Twinkle Toes can help with both of those things.  Here are our tips on navigating holiday schedules and time off for nannies as well as the nanny services we provide.

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If you have a nanny, it isn’t only important for your kids to have a good relationship with them.  You should work towards building a positive relationship with your nanny as well; after all, they’re in your house most of the time.  This relationship starts as soon as childcare services begin.  Here are five tips for parents to establish good working relationships with their nannies.





1. Establish Guidelines From the Start With Your Nanny

One of the best ways to start a parent nanny relationship is with a clear contract that both parties agree to.  Before they ever start providing childcare services, sit down with your nanny to discuss everything from pay to house rules to your kids’ likes and dislikes.  If both sides get the opportunity to make their expectations clear from the start, it is more likely that you will have a good experience moving forward.

2. Communicate With Your Nanny

Keep your nanny in the loop as much as possible.  It is better to over-communicate than under-communicate.  Nannies should know when they should call you and how to reach you.  They should also be informed about anything pertaining to the ins and outs of their day with the kids, from schedule changes to children’s moods.  You want your nanny to feel comfortable asking you any questions they might have, and you should not feel awkward talking to them either.  Frequent two-way communication is key to a successful relationship.  

3. Don’t Hover

Staying in touch with your nanny is one thing.  Constantly micromanaging them is quite another.  Once you have shown the nanny what to do and where to go, step back and let them be in charge.  Since you hired childcare services, you know that the person you chose has experience working with children.  Trust their judgment.  Nannies should be more than willing to take advice from parents, but you should respect their knowledge and experience as well.

4. Resolve Issues Quickly

If there is ever any kind of issue or conflict with your nanny, get it out in the open as soon as possible.  It is not good to let things fester and grow into a bigger problem than needed.  Be respectful but honest about what you are seeing and feeling.  At the same time, don’t be too quick to jump on your nanny for having an off day.  We all get tired sometimes, so if the energy is lower than usual one day, it is probably best to give your nanny the benefit of the doubt.

5. Say Thank You

A little thanks goes a long way.  Nannies do essential work for families.  It would be hard to do your job if they didn’t do their job.  Take the time to say thank you.  Your nanny will appreciate it.  Small gifts or bonuses around the holidays can help show how grateful you are for the help they provide.  Never underestimate the power of a little encouragement.

Looking for Nanny Services?

If you need a nanny, Twinkle Toes Nanny Agency can help. We provide professional, convenient childcare full and part-time.  All of our nannies go through a criminal background check, a civil background check, social security number verification, a driving record check, and are CPR certified.  They have at least three years of experience working with children and pass our extensive interview process.  When you hire childcare services from Twinkle Toes, you know you are getting childcare you can trust and depend on.  Visit Twinkle Toes online to learn more about our services. We are here to help.

If you have a nanny, it isn’t only important for your kids to have a good relationship with them.  You should work towards building a positive relationship with your nanny as well; after all, they’re in your house most of the time.  This relationship starts as soon as childcare services begin.  Here are five tips for parents to establish good working relationships with their nannies.

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