As PSP goes through the nanny survey results, we wanted to point out some issues related to pay and expectations that come up this time of year.
1. PAID TIME OFF—If you take off more time than you expected when you hired your nanny (e.g., you agreed on 2 paid time off but end up taking 3 weeks) you should pay your nanny unless you made other arrangements when s/he was hired. You can expect your nanny to come help do things like pet care or home care if it’s part of her job description, but don’t expect him/her to switch/add duties because you want more mileage out of her when you’re gone. Also, more times than not, hiring out your nanny for other jobs so you can get back your ‘investment’ (a term one nanny called, “pimping out your nanny”) is likely to lead to tension.
2. EXTRA DUTIES—sometimes summer can lead to extra work. Picking up extra kids from camp, having more frequent playdates because kids don’t have homework or watching cousins should lead to extra pay (or at least an offer of extra pay—some nannies won’t take it, but offering it is key).
3. REVIEW POLICIES—It’s always a good idea for you to review policies such as TV and computer use since a busy day at summer camp may want to make you want to give more or less downtime. Also review expectations for sunscreen, water intake, check-in policies for any older kids.
4. CAB FARE HOME—If you’re out late it’s standard to pay for a cab for your nanny. Some people will pay only if it’s dark so with summertime and later sunsets this should be an option only if you let your nanny know about it. Changing the cut off time can lead to tension if your nanny is expecting cab fare home when working later.
If you’re planning on saying goodbye to your nanny, check out:
Good luck and stay tuned for more Nanny Survey Results!
Join us of our first big fundraiser on June 6 from 7 – 10 pm!
Parents at Play, A Grown-Up Benefit for JJ Byrne Playground
Fabulous food & drink, photographer Marc Goldberg will be on hand taking candids, a funky Photo Booth and a great band, After School Special, featuring some of Park Slope’s own — Zach Bendiner, April Evans, Josh Matthews, Dave Miller, Dan Schrecker, Ashley Semrick, and Pierre Vilain.
This is a chance to have the playground to yourselves for an evening, and help OSH support your favorite park services like clean bathrooms, beautiful gardens and great events programming all year long.
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Parting is such sweet sorrow. These final weeks with your favorite Nanny, adored teacher, kind Nursery School aide are bittersweet. Want to show a small token thanks, but wondering what is appropriate? Over the years PSP Members have shared advice good bye gifts. Here is some useful reading:
Need more inspiration? Here are more PSP gift ideas:
Have you given gifts that were well received and have any suggestions to your fellow PSP members? Post it to the list!
THE 2015 NANNY SURVEY: We need your input!
Your help keeps the PSP "Hiring a Nanny" resources up-to-date for parents! Do you have a regular nanny? If so, PLEASE fill out the PSP survey (It will take you less than 14 minutes!)
Click HERE to take the Survey
WHY HELP? The Nanny Survey provides reliable data on pay rates and responsibilities for Nannies that helps ALL parents in Brooklyn in the process of hiring. This information will be shared with the Brooklyn community to help families make accurate and thoughtful decisions about employing a nanny.
Your answers are confidential and your name will in no way be associated with our data.
PLEASE FORWARD the link below to anyone you know who employs a Nanny!
Thanks in advance for your participation,
The Park Slope Parents Nanny Survey Team
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"Evangelina always has a smile, a hello, and even a hug for the kids. Jules has adored her for years and we are so grateful for her work in rain, sun, sleet or snow!"
Friday, April 17th, was Crossing Guard Appreciation Day at the 78th Precinct! All the women were extremely thankful that their hard work was appreciated. It was a cold winter and they are out there braving all kinds of weather (like today) to help our kids/families stay safe.
If you filled out a Shout Out regarding your crossing guard outside the 78th, fear not-Brad Lander's office will be sending those appreciative messages out to the appropriate folks later this week.
Ask your school's admin if they can help the whole school appreciate your crossing guards!
A big thank you! to the crossing guards of the 78th Precinct for your work on the front lines keeping neighborhood kids safe.
Founder, Park Slope Parents
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