Nanny Casting

January 18, 2013

Hello Cambridge Nannies,

My name is Danielle Gervais. I’m a Casting Director with Leftfield Pictures, a New York City-based television production company that creates a number of programs for various cable networks such as ABC, History Channel and National Geographic – including the international smash hit, “Pawn Stars.” We’re currently searching the country for a sassy, fresh and FUNNY female with nanny experience for a light-hearted look into the wild world of nanny-ing! The sitcom-like reality series will take a walk in the nanny’s shoes and be told from her perspective.

From the Producers who brought you History’s #1 hit “Pawn Stars,” “American Restoration,” and “Oddities” on The Science Channel…

NOW CASTING NATIONWIDE: FUNNY, OUT-GOING FULL/PART-TIME NANNIES FOR A NEW NETWORK SERIES!

Are people constantly telling you that YOUR life needs to be a sitcom?

Do you work for an uber-entertaining family with TONS of personality? OR Are you currently looking to work for a tv-worthy family?

Are you constantly keeping your friends/family laughing with your over-the-top work stories?


If so, we want to hear from YOU!


From the producer’s who brought you the #1 smash hit, “Pawn Stars” comes a fun, light-hearted look into the life of one lovable nanny who has TONS of personality.

If your life is meant for TV and you’re eager to let us walk a mile in your shoes, this may be a great opportunity for you! 

If you’d like to learn more or apply – please contact us TODAY! Please include your name, contact information, a photo and a brief description of yourself and the family you’re currently working for. If you’re not currently working for a family, please include a description of a family you’ve worked for in the past. 

 

We look forward to hearing from YOU! Feel free to contact us via the info below:

 

Email: NannyTVCasting@gmail.com OR Danielle.Gervais@leftfieldpictures.com 

 

Phone: 212.564.2607 Ex. 2365

Earth Friendly Baby Food

January 14, 2013

Cambridge Nanny Group shares our earth-friendly baby food pick with Sierra Magazine.

 

 

Safety Tips for Nannies

January 3, 2013

Our friends at Nanny Classifieds has requestes that we share this Posted on January 2, 2013 by admin | in Nanny Tips

When your employers extended an offer of employment, they were also entrusting you with the safety of the most vulnerable, treasured members of their family. As a nanny, it’s absolutely imperative that you take that trust seriously, making every effort to ensure that your charges are protected to the best of your ability at all times. While you may not be able to prevent everything that could potentially befall your charges, it’s essential that you make a concerted effort to try. The following safety tips can help you to make sure that your little charges are protected and as safe as you can make them.

 

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

One of the most effective ways to ensure that your charges aren’t wandering into trouble, being approached by potential predators or engaging in unsafe play activities is to simply be aware of your surroundings, and observant of what’s going on. If you go to the same playground on a regular basis and notice a suspicious stranger, be sure that your attention doesn’t waver. Know where potential safety hazards lie at any given location and be prepared to intervene if kids are approaching them. Simply being aware of where you are and what’s going on around you can prevent many dangerous situations from coming to unfortunate fruition.

Follow Safety Guidelines to the Letter

If you’re taking your charges on an outing or playing together, be sure that you’re following the rules without exception. Don’t let older kids talk you into skipping their car booster seat “just this once,” make sure that everyone is wearing plenty of sunscreen before venturing out into the sun’s rays and that you treat potentially risky activities with the proper respect. Swimming, for instance, is a great way to cool off and have fun with your charges on a summer day, but you need to make sure that you will be able to keep an eye on everyone and that you’re aware of the potential risks inherent in the activity. Allowing yourself to be swayed into neglecting a “little” safety rule can have disastrous consequences, so it’s best to establish a policy of never deviating from those guidelines.

Be Attentive and Engaged With Your Charges

Looking after children and managing the demands of a bustling household is exhausting. Still, the safety of your charges depends largely upon your ability to maintain active attention, to never ignore your charges or leave them unsupervised. There are so many things that can go wrong in relatively short time, that it’s just not safe to turn your back on the children you’re caring for, even for a moment. Be sure that you’re always giving your charges the attention that they need, and that you’re actively engaged with them to be sure that they’re not finding their way into a dangerous situation while your back is turned.

Avoid Unfamiliar Areas Whenever Possible

Outings are a great part of being a nanny, and can have many benefits. It’s wise, though, to make sure that you schedule your outings in a familiar area, and that you avoid venturing too far beyond your comfort zone when your charges are in tow. Getting lost searching for and address, finding yourself in an undesirable area or simply not being able to apprise yourself of potential safety risks at a new place can be a bit reckless, and could even be dangerous. If you’re determined to bring your charges somewhere new and exciting, you can help to stave off some of the risks by making sure that you schedule a visit of your own before the big day, so that you’re sure of where you’re going and have an idea of what your charges need to avoid.

Keep Safety Information On Hand at All Times

Because even the most dedicated, attentive and distraction-proof nannies can’t prevent all incidents, it’s important to have all of your charges’ information on hand when you’re working. The contact numbers for your employers, your charges’ pediatricians and other medical professionals and an authorization to treat a minor form can help you to keep a simple mishap from becoming a major situation, so it’s important that you never greet a day of work without having that information somewhere it can be easily accessed and referenced whenever the need arises.

Keeping your charges safe is a big job, but it is the one that you’re most responsible for. The health, happiness and safety of your charges rests in your hands, which is why it’s necessary for you to be vigilant about their protection.

 

Cambridge Nanny Group

Tips for Live-In Nannies

January 1, 2013

Our friends at LiveinNanny.com  asked  Cambridge Nanny Group to share these 1o tips for nannies transitioning to live-in nanny status.  So, here you go…..

Beginning a job as a live-in nanny has a lot of advantages, but it also comes with its own set of challenges that are unique to this type of position. Here are a few tips to ease the transition and make the most of this unique situation.

  1. Set boundaries around your off time. Setting and maintaining boundaries in the nanny/parent relationship can be difficult, even in the best situations. However, when you live and work in the family’s home, boundaries can become even trickier to define and navigate. Before you move in, talk with the parents and children and clearly outline your boundaries. Make sure you let them know that your off time truly means you’re off the clock and not available to watch the kids while Mom runs to the store or entertain a bored toddler while Dad checks his email. Having uninterrupted down time is essential to returning to work recharged and ready to go.
  2. Make your space your own. Painting the walls your favorite color, adding a funky rug to your bedroom, or hanging pictures of friends and family can make a generic live-in space feel more like home. Having a warm, welcoming space inside your employers’ home will help you feel like more than just an employee who’s bunked out at work. It will help you feel like you truly belong there and that you have a place that’s all yours.
  3. Build a support system. Many live-in nannies relocate for their jobs and don’t have many friends or family members in their local area. It’s easy to feel alone and isolated in this kind of situation. Having a network of people you can turn to for support or just a fun night out is an important part of maintaining a healthy life/work balance. Invest the time and energy needed to connect with other local nannies and go out of your way to meet new friends that share a common interest.
  4. Have a financial cushion. There are a lot of financial advantages to being a live-in nanny, however the biggest financial drawback is that if you lose your job, you lose your home, and in many cases, your car too. If you’re unprepared for this situation, it can throw your finances into a free fall. Make sure to have enough money saved to move your things to a storage unit, secure short-term housing, rent a car and pay your regular bills in the event that you find yourself without work.
  5. Be respectful of the family’s need for family only time. Even the most welcoming family still needs time away from their nanny. Be considerate of your employers’ need for time as a couple and as a family. If you normally eat dinner with them every night, go out to eat with friends one night a week. If you and your mom boss like to share a favorite show after the kids go to bed, watch it in your bedroom every now and then. A little space goes a long way.
  6. Get to know the local area. One of the advantages of working as a live-in nanny is getting the opportunity to live in some of the best cities in the nation. Use your free time to explore your local city, see the sights as if you were a tourist, and take in all the area has to offer.
  7. Keep your personal life personal. It’s easy for the line between your work life and your personal life to blur when you’re living with your employers. It’s a unique situation, and setting and maintaining healthy boundaries is a constant balancing act. Remember that as friendly as the relationship is, you’re still an employee and should be professional both on and off duty.
  8. Add dorm conveniences. If your living space doesn’t include a kitchen, think about adding a dorm size refrigerator, microwave or coffee maker. Those small additions can add a lot of convenience to your daily routine. That way you won’t have to get dressed and venture into the family kitchen on Saturday morning to get your morning coffee and cereal and you can easily pop a bag of popcorn for a late night movie.
  9. Work with your employers to develop a guest policy. Being a live-in nanny doesn’t mean you have to give up friends coming over for the evening or family visiting for the weekend. However it does mean you have to be considerate of your employers’ home, privacy and security. Talk with your employers about a guest policy that works for both of you.
  10. Protect your privacy. It can be a challenge for you to carve out a space that’s just for you. Kids may want to hang out with you in your room to watch a movie on the weekend and a parent may want to pop her head in to ask about something happening next week. It’s easy to feel that even though you’re not working all the time, you’re never really off the clock either. Talk with the whole family and let them know your privacy is important to you.

Working as a live-in nanny brings both challenges and opportunities. With a little planning, a positive attitude, and sense of adventure it can be a great experience.

Cambridge Nanny Group

Nanny Job Creep

 

Job creep is a very real concern for nannies and household employees, one that can very easily lead to burnout and eventual turnover as you’re no longer capable of handling the pressure of new responsibilities as they pile on. While job creep can be frustrating and exhausting, it can also be quite difficult to approach your employer about the issue. Managing the balancing act between making your concerns be heard and avoiding a nasty scene with your employers isn’t easy, but it usually is possible.

Schedule a Meeting to Discuss the Matter

It’s easy to let the pressure of yet another new request overwhelm you into making an off-the-cuff comment about job creep just as your employer is getting ready to walk out the door for the day, but it probably will do more harm than good. Asking your employer to schedule a meeting when you can sit down together for a discussion will not only give you time to assemble your thoughts into a coherent statement, but also to calm down and approach the situation with all the grace and professional poise that you have at your disposal. Your employers are more likely to give credence to your claims if you handle your increasing responsibilities in a manner that fosters a dialog, rather than giving into your frustration and becoming overwrought.

Be Honest

When you have your employers sitting in front of you, patiently waiting to discuss your concerns, you can get a case of nerves that makes it difficult to approach the situation, or even a sense of guilt if you enjoy an otherwise strong working relationship that you’re worried about negatively affecting. On the other side of the coin, it doesn’t take much to get carried away and begin exaggerating the issue if you feel that your concerns aren’t being heard. Regardless of the reaction, it’s important that you stay calm and are absolutely honest about what you’re experiencing, as it’s the only way to make sure that a new agreement can be reached.

Stay Calm

More often than not, your employers will not realize that they’re adding to your list of responsibilities or asking you to do things that aren’t typically part of a nanny’s duties. When they’re approached with your calm, rational and understanding attitude regarding curbing job creep or making a new compensation arrangement and drawing up a new nanny agreement, they’re far more likely to make the effort to accommodate your needs and understand your perspective on the issue.

Use Your Nanny Contract to Your Advantage

A written work agreement, or “nanny contract,” is the single most powerful tool that a nanny has in her arsenal when it comes to staving off disputes and putting an end to job creep, especially if her responsibilities and expected duties are clearly outlined in the document. Presenting your work agreement at the meeting you call concerning your worries about job creep and burn out will not only help to underline that you are being asked to complete chores and manage aspects of the household that are contractually not under your purview, but also that you’re going above and beyond your original work agreement and are not receiving an increased level of compensation.

Offer Reasonable Solutions

When your employers are asking you to manage aspects of their household that they’re not currently capable of managing or are increasing your duties to include chores that they don’t have time to complete, you may find them more willing to work with you on solving the problem if you can offer some practical solutions, such as splitting some of the extra duties for a slight pay raise or helping them to find a part-time household manager than can take care of these tasks while you focus on continuing to provide top-notch private care for their children.

Respectfully Address the Issue of Compensation

If you’re willing to take on the new set of responsibilities that you’ve been handed but will only entertain the idea if you receive a raise in pay, you should be cautious and respectful when addressing that issue. Stating that you refuse to take on more work without a salary increase can easily be seen as confrontational and off-putting; when faced with the choice between increasing your salary to meet your demands and simply finding another nanny that will happily do so, employers that feel as if they’ve been ambushed may opt for the latter.

Posted by request on December 31, 2012 by Erin | in Nannies for 4nannies.com to Cambridge Nanny Group.