Category: Childcare

5 Ways to Find and Ensure Great Child Care

Most working parents want the very best child care they can afford, and for good reason. Research shows that the early years of childhood are the most important for brain development. Quality child care can help shape a child’s mind and prepare him or her to enter school with better math, language and social skills – skills that give a child a good start in school and in life!

With so much riding on the right choice, how can you be sure that the child care provider you choose will prov...

Posted on May 27, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Janice Lopez

The How & Why of an Effective Nanny Employment Agreement

Why a Nanny Agreement is Important

It is so important to starting out on the right foot with your nanny. You want to show your new nanny that she's valued, that she fits into your family culture, and she's likely to be supported and successful in her new work environment.  A Family and Nanny Agreement may be the most important tool to ensure your nanny has the information and resources she needs to do her job - well!

A Family and Nanny Agreement, although not legally required, sets...

Posted on November 01, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Ingrid Kellaghan

Saying Goodbye to Your Beloved Nanny

A transition such as replacing a nanny is difficult to say the least. Whether the change is coming from your end or hers; the conversation is never easy to begin and certainly never painless to deal with.  A lot of questions go through a parent’s mind at this time such as “How will I replace her?”, “How will I tell the children?”, or “Can I find her another family?”. 

The thing you always want to remember amid these questions is that unfortunately, nanny situations are never permanent....

Posted on August 07, 2012 at 6:02 AM by Karla Issa

Babysitting Co-Op: More than "Free" Babysitting

Are you fortunate enough to have friends and family nearby, willing to drop everything so that you can enjoy an evening out, attend an adults-only school function or just run some errands without kids in tow? If you're one of these lucky few, no need to read any further. The rest of you may want to read on. 


The typical cost for babysitting in Chicago starts around $10/hr and goes up from there. And a good sitter is tough to find. Our breaking point with sitte...

Posted on July 11, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

Choose a Child Care Provider Who's S.M.A.R.T. About Play!

Play is essential to healthy growth and development. When children are playing, they create their identities, build relationships, learn to focus, gain confidence and much more. At Chicago Children’s Museum, we encourage you to find a child care provider that makes “S.M.A.R.T.” choices for play.


Children need adults to help them stay safe physically and emotionally. Look for:

A clean environment that ensures physical safety

An environment that reduces the n...

Posted on May 18, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Natalie Bortoli

The 411 on Night Nurses

Chances are, if this is your first baby, you may have not heard of a night nurse.  I’m here to give you the 411 on what a night nurse is and why hiring one before your baby arrives can save you!

Who could use a night nurse? I think there are two kinds of families who need a night nurse: First time parents who have limited experience with babies and families who already have children and really need some extra sleep to survive the long days with the kids. I guess this pretty much sums u...

Posted on April 13, 2012 at 6:30 AM by Jessica Minahan

Child Care Through the Eyes of a Nanny

As the full-time nanny of two wonderful children I have a very unique perspective on child care. My job is fun: I experience the Museum of Science and Industry, the Shedd Aquarium and Lincoln Park Zoo through the eyes of a child. I’m responsible for the well-being and health of someone else’s children; I feed, clothe, mind, chauffeur and entertain. It’s not always easy but it’s always rewarding.

I absolutely love my “nanny kids,” and while they have their frustrating moments, I conside...

Posted on March 19, 2012 at 5:13 AM by Stephanie Limesand

Starting a relationship with your nanny

Of course we all want to have a relationship with our nanny that is both personal and professional. It’s a fine line and it’s in your hands to get the relationship off on the right foot. An ideal nanny will ask us about our weekend but refrain from asking details of our night out. How can we establish this relationship and not get in too deep?

When hiring a nanny…

Make sure you share the same values about children as your nanny. Talk about expectations, values and education.

Posted on February 10, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Sarah Davis

Picking the Right Gift for Your Nanny

It is indeed the “most happiest time of the year”. The trees are trimmed, the children are snuggled in their beds, and you are awake contemplating what to get your nanny for the holidays. There are so many different kinds of nanny-family situations that this can be a difficult task to navigate. Do you give her money or does that seem too cold? Do you give her a present? But what would be appropriate? Below are some points to keep in mind:

Consider how long your nanny has worked wit...

Posted on December 21, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Karla Issa

School Bells & Child Care: Do they ever ring together?

Backpacks packed, hot lunches ordered and off to school and work we went. Now I was ready to focus on my work. Until the first germ was spread.

After a few weeks, sure enough we were hit with our first of many sick days. Without a nanny or babysitter as a backup, my work schedule was quickly interrupted.

After the warm weather killed all the flu bugs, we had another glitch in the schedule: school holidays and breaks. I had used all my PTO days to take care of my sick daughter. How ...

Posted on October 24, 2011 at 6:00 AM by Sarah Wenning