Recruiting Conference Call Series

July 18, 2012

Cambridge Nanny Group’s Recruiting Conference Calls are an ongoing series of weekly conference calls discussing our current openings and recruiting needs.   This is not an open call and is reserved for registered and approved Cambridge Nannies.

A Q&A session will follow each of the presentations. In addition to taking questions from the live audience, we will accept questions by email at info@cambridgenannygroup.com before or during each call. Please limit your questions to the topics of the call.


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


Our Favorite British Nanny

July 14, 2012

Our Favorite British Nanny – Rachel Waddilove

Cambridge Nanny Group Chats with English Nanny Guru

By Cambridge Nanny Group

Takeaways

  • Rachel Waddilove
  • Infant Expert
  • Celebrity Nanny


America loves its British Imports. Think: The Beatles, Nigela Lawson, Jamie Oliver, and JK Rowling. The current British sensation is Baby Guru Rachel Waddilove. Many Americans may have not heard of her….. yet.

Rachel Waddilove has cared for thousands of babies and her client families include British Royals, Member’s of Parliament , and the most famous and wealthiest families in the world – like the beautiful actress Gwyneth Paltrow and rocker husband Chris Martin .

Why do those who can afford the very best newborn care seek her out? Rachel says, “It’s my down to earth practical advice based on my (40) years experience as a nurse, as a mother, and a grandmother.” She is no nonsense, humble, endearing, warm, and reassuringly calm. Her remarkably soothing voice – alone – could quite possibly soothe the fussiest baby.

Rachel’s life mission is not only caring for the babies but transferring her knowledge to the parents. She says, “I help Mom’s and Dad’s by teaching and guiding them. I am like an older sister or Mom. Many parents fear they are doing something wrong or not doing it right,” and their trepidation can eclipse the joy of the newborn experience. “I give them confidence”, she explains.

Rachel provides hands-on live-in 24-hour care for newborns for durations that last anywhere from 1 day to 6 weeks. Recently, however, she’s focused her attention on running a Baby and Childcare consultancy business called “Rachel’s Babies”. She has also written two books – ‘The Baby Book – How to Enjoy Year One’ and ‘ The Toddler Book – How to Enjoy your Growing Child ‘.

Rachel also provides telephone consultations too for new parents, expectant parents, and all who want the best care for their children. Brilliant! “It is amazing that phone consultations work so well”, says Rachel. “We talk through the problems and address all areas” including: needs for the nursery, coming home from hospital, breast feeding vs bottle feeding, establishing a routine, sleep, crying, and introducing solid food.

Rachel works very early on getting babies into a sleep pattern and regular feedings “It’s important that a baby has a full tummy. A baby without a full tummy won’t sleep. If a mother is breastfeeding and not producing enough milk by the end of the day I may suggest topping off with formula to ensure the baby is full” , says Rachel.

She pioneers her own approach of a unique routine which meets the needs of the parents and other children. She teaches babies to settle themselves as early as possible which means swaddling them (properly) and allowing them to wind down with what she smartly calls a “good shout”.

Gwyneth Paltrow has championed Rachel’s methods, saying “Rachel’s flexible yet structured schedule was just the thing for our daughter. Using Rachel’`s techniques, Apple was sleeping through the night at a six-seven hour stretch by six weeks, which afforded me freedom. She was a very happy and settled baby. I believe this is because Rachel put us in a routine so that Apple always felt that there was a loving structure around her. Rachel’s advice on everything from breastfeeding to parenting was invaluable.” Gwyneth liked Rachel so much she asked her back to care for her second child, Moses.

Although Rachel is in the business of nurturing and caring for others, she also understands the importance of taking time for herself. You can’t give to others what you don’t have yourself. “I am a Christian and my faith is very important”, says Rachel. “That has really been my rock” she explains.

Weekends for Rachel are reserved to refresh and renew. “I make sure to take time off on weekends. You have to have time where you can take a break. On Sunday, I simply do not turn the computer, literally. I use weekends to get refreshed by spending time with my family, friends, or on my own…It’s incredibly important” says Rachel. A message for all of us to remember.

Thank you Rachel for changing the world one baby at a time. Hugs from America.

Rachel lives in Devon, England with her husband John, a retired farmer. If you are interested in learning more about Rachel’s services or if you’re interested in a telephone consultation please visit her website Rachel’s Babies
You can also purchase her books online at Amazon or Barnes and Noble Stay tuned for collaborative events between Cambridge Nanny Group and Rachel. We look forward to bringing her back to America soon.

http://www.rachelsbabies.co.uk


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


Babies.com

July 9, 2012

Our founder Ingrid Kellaghan is features on Babies.com. Be sure to check out this great sight at http://www.babies.com . Here is a direct link to the article. http://babies.com/cambridge-nanny-group/

Thank you Babies.com! xoxox


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 an Executive Nanny?

July 7, 2012

Many domestic job-seekers wish they could unlock the secret formula to winning the hearts and minds of a family. What, they wonder, is that unique combination of skills and values that make some domestic employee so in-demand. Why do some nannies garner such high salaries – in some cases earning over $65,000. Why do the top 1% of elite nannies earn $100,000 + annually?

Every employer is looking for a specific set of skills that match the skills necessary to perform a particular job.  That’s a given. But beyond these job-specific technical skills, certain skills are nearly universally sought. Those who master these skills are sought-after by America’s finest families seeking private childcare and represented by the very best nanny agencies.

Skills Most Sought After by Premier Client Families

So, what are these critical employability skills that separate the cream from the milk?

Communications Skills (listening, verbal, written). By far, the one skill mentioned most often by employers is the ability to listen, write, and speak effectively. Successful communication is critical.  Also, the ability to speak a 2nd language such as Spanish, French, Mandarin or Cantonese is nice, but it’s the proven ability to teach a child a 2nd language that separates a nanny from the rest of the pack.

Analytical  Skills. The ability to assess a situation, seek multiple perspectives, gather more information if necessary, and identify key issues that need to be addressed.  The best domestics have a talent for identifying, scrutinizing, improving and streamlining childcare/household processes and procedures.

Computer Literacy. Almost all jobs now require some basic understanding of computer hardware and software, especially word processing, spreadsheets, and email – and domestic employees are no exception.   Whether it’s creating a childcare or household manual or creating checklists and inventories – great computer skills are paramount.

Flexibility.  Executive families seek flexible team players that are able to adept to changing work conditions and assignments.  They must be highly adaptable and open to new ideas and not stuck in a “well this is how I’ve always done things” mindset.  The best nannies are mobile, positive, resilient, and open to new ideas.

Managing Multiple Priorities.  Executive nannies are stellar project managers with ability to juggle multiple concurrent projects…and multiple children! To do this they must have the ability to design, plan, organize, and implement tasks.  The best nannies have extraordinary energy levels and an absolute obsession with results.

Interpersonal Abilities. The ability to relate to your co-workers, inspire others to participate, and mitigate conflict with co-workers is essential given the amount of time spent at work each day.  Failing to master this essential job function can derail (and sink) the career of an aspiring executive nanny.  Don’t work with coworkers?  You’re not off the hook.  You will still interact with your families extended relatives, friends, teachers and coaches.  To succeed you must be a relationship builder with unsurpassed ability to foster professional relationships.

Honesty and Integrity. Employers probably respect personal integrity more than any other value, especially because you are working in their private sanctuary, the home.  For executive families, trust is not given readily. You must earn it.

Dedication combined with Strong Work Ethic. Employers desire those who love what they do and will keep at it until they solve the problem and get the job done.  Think tenacity personified.

Reliability. There’s no question that all employers desire employees who will arrive to work every day — on time — and ready to work, and who will take responsibility for their actions.  They are dependable and responsible.

Loyalty. Employers want employees who will have a strong devotion to the employer—at all times and even in challenging circumstances.   Just like fair weather friends there are fair weather employees.  Good professional relationships endure through good and bad times. They know you “have their back”. Executive nannies have a history of loyal relationships that not only last years and decades – but may span a lifetime.

Motivation and Passion. The job-seekers who get hired and the employees who get promoted are the ones with drive and passion — and who demonstrate this enthusiasm through their words and actions.  This also includes confidence in your skills, education, and abilities.

Self-Motivated. While teamwork is always mentioned as an important skill, so is the ability to work independently, with minimal supervision.  You must be self-motivated and work with little or no supervision.

Willingness to Learn. No matter what your age, no matter how much experience you have, you should always be willing to learn a new skill or technique. Jobs are constantly changing and evolving, and you must show an openness to grow and learn with that change. Executive nannies are enthusiastic, knowledge-hungry learners.  They are eager to meet challenges and quickly assimilate new concepts.


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


New Vlogging Series

July 4, 2012

Ready. Set. Action! We are excited to launch our new Cambridge Nanny Group video series. This is a Web video channel and is scheduled to debut July 24, 2012. We’ll introduce you to saucy products and services, provide great tips, and keep you in the know on just about virtually everything that impacts children and families. Our host will be Ruth Goldberg and our extraordinary producer Jordan Amandes will be at the helm of production. So if you have a great idea and topic for this video blog, so be sure to tweet, email, or comment your thoughts.


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


Childproofing

The International Association for Child Safety (IAFCS), which certifies childproofers, has 150 members. It’s easy to think it’s both overkill and overly commercial to hire a child safety expert, but whether you’re having a baby or simply recognizing that your toddlers are a lot like monkeys, there are valid reasons to hire someone else to do it. For the names of childproofers in your area and certification information, go to iafcs.org.

Here are top safety picks you can pick up at your local baby store:

Cabinet Locks

Top Choices:
The First Years Cabinet Safety Lock model 3337 ($2.49 for two) and Kidco Cabinet Lock model S110 ($3.99). Both plastic U-shaped locks hook around cabinet knobs or handles in seconds. Pinch to release.

Tot Lok/Safety 1st Magnetic Cabinet Locks ($17.98 for four). Run a magnetic key over the surface of the cabinet to unlock it. These locks can be “turned off” for busy times. Above-average carpentry skills are required.

Drawer Locks

Top Choices:
Tot Lock/Safety 1st Magnetic Cabinet Locks (see above)

Safety 1st Cabinet and Drawer Latches model 116 ($1.99 for four). Plastic latch prevents kids from opening drawers. Parents press a tab to open, and when the drawer is closed the device re-latches automatically.


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