Health Insurance Products for Nannies

December 29, 2011

When a family decides to hire a nanny, there are other benefits that need to be provided besides salary. Many states require Worker’s Compensation and, of course, all Government requirements for employees must be adhered to.

Many families wish to provide health insurance as an additional benefit, as a company might provide health insurance to its employees. There are two approaches to health insurance; permanent health insurance and temporary health insurance. Permanent insurance can be renewed each year, even if the nanny comes down with a serious medical condition such as diabetes or heart disease. Short term insurance is written for a specific period of time, i.e. six months. If someone develops a medical condition during the policy period it will be considered pre-existing under future plans.

The cost difference for the two types of plans is remarkable. Typically, the short term plan costs less than half of the permanent insurance premium. The short term plan can be used for years, although each company generally will insure someone for one year only. Several companies need to be used with this strategy.

The permanent plan is usually used for a nanny that will be staying with a family for years, or will be a career nanny for the foreseeable future and wants the protection only permanent coverage can give. A nanny that gives a one year commitment and plans to stay in child care for a short period of time; i.e one or two years, would be a good candidate for short term health insurance.

After insuring thousands of nannies,  Eisenberg and Associates,  who specializes in health insurance for nannies found that more than 50% of the families are purchasing short term plans. They are the most cost-effective and give nannies coverage for the major disaster everyone is worried about.

To learn more about Nanny Health Insurance Options please contact

Eisenberg Associates
1340 Centre Street
Suite 203
Newton Centre, MA 02459 
(617)964-4849
info@eisenbergassociates.com
www.eisenbergassociates.com 


Cambridge Nanny Group
4707 N Broadway
3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60640
Telephone: 773-856-5525 

Website: www.cambridgenannygroup.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cambridgenanny
Twitter: http://twitter.com/nanny_cambridge


Nannies: Hiring and Firing Tips

December 28, 2011

Firing Your Nanny — Letting Go Of Your Nanny For Natural Causes

Letting go of someone is never easy and it’s always slightly uncomfortable. But if you find yourself in a position to let someone go for natural reasons such as work transfer, kids are too old or are starting full-time school, you could find yourself in the position of firing your nanny. There are no personal reasons here, just a necessary decision. In cases such as these, be courteous. This person is a member of the family so give them what they would want to feel better. Perhaps offer some severance (again know your number ahead of time), give proper notice. Offer to call other families with a recommendation.

Think of how you would like to be let go from a job like this and make sure the nanny has a way to explain to the kids what is happening and to say goodbye.

Firing Your Nanny — Firing Your Nanny For Serious Reasons

This is a situation no one wants to find themselves in — you don’t like your nanny or she isn’t following the house rules and you have to let her go.

First of all, this is where the WRITTEN list of duties will come in handy. They will back you up as reasons to fire someone so have a copy standing by. Make sure you are clear, concise and quick. For instance, “Mary, we told you on our list that smoking in the house was non-negotiable. You have disregarded this and therefore we cannot keep you on.”

It’s also not a bad idea to NOT be alone in the room during this process of firing. You want to make sure that this conversation does not get ugly and if it does you don’t want anything inappropriate or actionable being said.

GET YOUR KEYS BACK. Make sure you make that part of the firing. Ask for them right away. Ask if that is the only copy they have. Get your car keys back as well.

HAVE A BACKUP SOLUTION. Do not let your nanny go unless you have a backup nanny, or have cleared your own schedule. Someone is going to have to pick the kids up from school and get their lunch ready and unless you are ready to do it, you should have someone standing by to cover you during the transition.

Finally, and this is a decision every family should make for themselves — decide whether or not you are going to let the nanny say goodbye to your kids. If you are not comfortable with it get them out quickly and explain it to your kids yourself. If you do, perhaps you want to be there when they do.


Cambridge Nanny Group
4707 N Broadway
3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60640
Telephone: 773-856-5525 

Website: www.cambridgenannygroup.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cambridgenanny
Twitter: http://twitter.com/nanny_cambridge


What Makes a Superstar Employee?

What exactly makes an employee great? These top things are guides to bosses looking for greatness in a new hire – whether it be a domestic employee  (nanny, house manager, housekeeper) or a corporate staffer – the sought after qualities are the same.

The first thing that makes an employee great is that they are always dependable. Great employees do the job they are supposed to do every time, and no one has to worry that they don’t deliver the goods.  They show up on time with bells on. A great employee can be counted to always have their work done right, when it is supposed to be done – it is a forgone conclusion that they will, and no one else has to spend any time worrying about it.

The second thing to look for in a great employee is that they are a team player. A great employee isn’t one who is constantly looking for attention or hogs the spotlight. Instead, a great employee works with everyone else to make sure that the things that need to get done do get done, for the good of everyone.

The third mark of employee greatness is that they know how to take direction without being defensive.  Great employees know how to take criticism, direction and advice gracefully and make it work for them when doing their job.

Fourthly, a great employee can be trusted. They don’t spread gossip and they don’t attempts to stir things up and get under everyone’s skin.   This kind of employee zaps morale and  – a great employee is a good co-worker to everyone.

In fifth place comes the fact that a great employee gets along with their employer, other employees, and everyone they come in contact with during their workday.

The sixth thing a great employee has is good working skills. It may sound obvious, but a great employee has the abilities needed to do their job, and they constantly seek ways to improve. Great workers have great skills and they check their work for quality.

The eighth thing that leads to employee greatness is tact and decorum. If there is a problem, a great employee doesn’t make a scene in front of everyone else.   A great employee will deal with such issues with privacy and diplomacy at the appropriate time.

The ninth thing an employee must have is passion. Are you passionate about your job? Do you actually like getting up in the morning to go to work? Do you believe in what you do? Do you actually believe you’ll make a difference? Do you actually care about the service you provide? If you can answer yes to all of those questions, you got it, if not, you have some soul searching to do. A great employee will love their work, if you don’t then why do it?

Last but not least, a great employee has a great attitude. Bad attitudes bring everyone down. A great employee helps make work great for everyone else by having a good spirit about their job.


Cambridge Nanny Group
4707 N Broadway
3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60640
Telephone: 773-856-5525 

Website: www.cambridgenannygroup.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cambridgenanny
Twitter: http://twitter.com/nanny_cambridge


Food Allergy Card

December 21, 2011

As many as 15 million Americans have a food allergy, including approximately 6 million children. The most common allergy-causing foods are peanuts, tree nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds, cashews, etc.), milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, wheat, and soy. Recent studies showed that 3.3 million Americans are allergic to peanuts or tree nuts, and 6.9 million are allergic to seafood.

A lot of kids have questions about food allergies and may have trouble communicating it to friends, teachers, and other parents.   Tinyprints.com came up with a great idea for kids with food allergies.   Its a simple allergy card that can be customized.  It allows kids to discreetly tell other about their from food allergies.  We love this.  Thanks Tiny Prints!


Cambridge Nanny Group
4707 N Broadway
3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60640
Telephone: 773-856-5525 

Website: www.cambridgenannygroup.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cambridgenanny
Twitter: http://twitter.com/nanny_cambridge


Toy’s “R” Us 2011 Holiday Hot Toy List!

December 5, 2011


Cambridge Nanny Group
4707 N Broadway
3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60640
Telephone: 773-856-5525 

Website: www.cambridgenannygroup.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cambridgenanny
Twitter: http://twitter.com/nanny_cambridge


Online Realtime Engagement Solution

December 3, 2011

Cambridge Nanny Group announces a new chat feature on our website that gives us the ability to connect in more personal, relevant and meaningful way with our visitors and make sure they are getting the most out of their Cambridge Nanny Group experience. Live chat provides the rare opportunity to connections that help increase conversions and improve consumer experience.  Another way Cambridge Nanny Group is offering a modern solutions for modern families.


Cambridge Nanny Group
4707 N Broadway
3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60640
Telephone: 773-856-5525 

Website: www.cambridgenannygroup.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cambridgenanny
Twitter: http://twitter.com/nanny_cambridge