Monday, December 10, 2018

2018 Holiday Bonus Guide for Your Nanny, Babysitter or Housekeeper

We get some variation of the question below a lot during this time of year and wanted to offer some guidance.

Thank you, thank you, we are very happy with Marie (name changed by the agency for privacy) and need some guidance for her Christmas bonus. As a reminder, you placed her with us almost 3 years ago. She is a gem and we are all grateful. Thanks in advance."

To answer your question, a full-time nanny can usually expect a holiday bonus of one week's compensation - two week's pay depending upon her length of service. Other ideas include a round trip airfare to her home-town for the holidays or a cruise trip. Additionally, if the nanny has been with the family less than a year, half of her weekly salary is standard. If the nanny is  just starting, a $100 to $200 gift card sets a nice tone.  A hand-written note of thanks expressing your appreciation and referencing a yearly highlight of the caregiver/child relationship is an additional way to show your genuine gratitude. 

Some families will include an extra little something coming from the children like a homemade card, cookies or her favorite confection which surrounds the monetary gift with genuine warmth and appreciation from the child. 

For the part-time regular babysitter that provides care several times each month, a gift equal to one night's pay is the norm. Many families choose to provide a $50-$100 gift card to her favorite shop, cafe, nail salon etc.

Housekeeper/Cleaner, one or two week's pay, depending upon her length of service and a small gift like a bottle of wine, fine chocolate or Mani-Pedi gift card.

Obviously, this is a general guideline of industry norms in the NY Metro Region. Some families give considerably more or less depending on overall job performance, length of employment, particular circumstances, and family budget. 

Wee Care Nanny wishes you and your loved ones a wonderful and joyous holiday season!

Saturday, November 3, 2018

2018 Thanksgiving Day Parades in Stamford, CT & New Rochelle, NY

On Saturday, November 17, at 10AM the New Rochelle Thanksgiving Parade will start at the New Rochelle High school and continue along North Avenue. The parade will end at Main and Maple Street. 

On Sunday, November 18th, the 2018 Stamford Thanksgiving Day Parade will take place in Downtown Stamford, CT along Summer Street. The parade starts at 12 PM  and features spectacular helium balloon cartoon characters and wonderful marching bands. It is great fun for the whole family. Arrive early and bring chairs.

Wee Care Nanny Agency is beyond thankful for the opportunity to work with such wonderful nannies, housekeepers and families. We appreciate your dedication and professionalism. 

We wish you and your family a happy & healthy Thanksgiving Day! 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Four on the Fourth Road Race in New Canaan, CT-Wednesday, July 4, 2018-

Wednesday, July 4th is the 36th annual (4 on the 4th) Independence Day Race in New Canaan, CT. Great healthy way to start off the day with a 4 mile run along scenic Oenoke Ridge in New Canaan, Conn.

Please stop by and say hello as Wee Care Nanny Agency will be sponsoring post-race refreshments at the finish line and have summer giveaways for all. We hope to see you there!

 Race starts at 8 AM. St. Mark's Church, Rt. 124 New Canaan, Conn. For more information about the race or to register online,  click here.

Posted by Wee Care Nanny

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Truck Day for Kids In Bedford Village, NY on Saturday, June 16th

It’s Truck Day on Saturday, June 16th from 10AM-1PM in Bedford Village, NY.

Free to the public and open to all ages. 

Presbyterian Church parking lot. Children can climb and explore trucks, emergency vehicles and more. 

Check Website in case of inclement weather. 

Monday, May 21, 2018

2018 Memorial Day Parades in Fairfield & Westchester County

Memorial Day Parades in:

Greenwich, CT 
The Old Greenwich Memorial Day Parade is on Monday, May 28, 2018 at 9 AM. The parade kicks off from Lincoln Avenue in Old Greenwich, CT.

Stamford, CT
The Stamford Memorial Day Parade is on Sunday, May 27, 2018 at noon. The parade kicks off from the corner of Summer and Hoyt Streets. 

Darien, CT
The Darien Memorial Day Parade is on Monday, May 28, 2018 at 10 AM. The parade kicks off from Post Road near the Goodwives River Shopping Center

Norwalk, CT 
 The Norwalk Memorial Day Parade will start at 10AM at Veterans Park on Monday, May 28, 2018.

New Canaan, CT  
 The New Canaan's Memorial Day parade will start at 9:30 AM at St Mark’s Church on Monday, May 28, 2018. 

Rowayton, CT
The Rowayton Memorial Day Parade will be on Sunday, May 27, 2018 at noon at the Community Center.

Westport, CT 
The Westport Memorial Day Parade begins at 9 a.m. at Saugatuck Elementary School on Monday, May 28, 2018.

Wilton, CT
 The Wilton MemorialDay Parade is on Monday, May 28, 2018 at 10:30 AM. The parade kicks off from 21 River Road.

Additional Memorial Day Parades throughout Fairfield County

Saturday, April 28, 2018

BCSD Elementary Bike Run (Grades K-5) at Fox Lane in Bedford, NY on Sunday, May 20, 2018

It's is finally starting to feel like summer is upon us!

The 8th annual Elementary Bike Run is on Sunday, May 20th from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Fox Lane Campus in Bedford, NY. Children from Mount Kisco, Bedford Hills, Bedford Village, West Patent, and Pound Ridge Elementary Schools will be participating. Fun, fitness, creativity and community!  

It's one of our favorite events and Wee Care Nanny Agency is delighted to be a supporter.  

 Age Level Bike Laps Run Laps

4th -5th Graders 5 laps - (2 miles) 4 laps (1 mile)
2nd-3rd Graders - 3 laps (1.2 miles) 2 laps (1/2 mile)
K 1st Graders - 2 laps (0.8 mile) 1 lap (1/4 mile)

Posted by Wee Care Nanny

Friday, February 9, 2018

Tax Savings on Child Care Costs and Nanny Agency Placement Fees

Good article from MarketWatch about how parents can save thousands of dollars by taking advantage of money saving tax breaks for child care. 

Placement agency fees are covered, and so are some other unexpected expenses
 "Both the FSA and the child-care tax credit cover a wide range of expenses, including nursery school, after-school programs, and babysitting by a relative (as long as that relative isn’t a dependent and the babysitting was so the parent could go to work). Many parents are surprised to learn that the FSA and tax credit also cover fees that parents pay to a placement agency to find a nanny, which can be several thousand dollars, Swope said."  Continue reading here