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College Nannies & Tutors Grand Opening Celebration!

College Nannies and Tutors is hosting a Grand Opening on Sunday, April 17 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, to celebrate their recently opened new location at 14874 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66223.  Festivities at this free event will include a DJ, door prizes from area vendors, cotton candy, crafts and face painting for the kids,  tours of the new Learning Center, and more!

Winners of the College Nannies and Tutors Art Contest will also be announced at this event.

Entries are still being accepted for this contest, which is open to all students from preschool through grade 12.  There are 4 prize categories, and winners receive a $25 Barnes and Noble gift certificate as well as a $100 donation to their school’s art program and recognition at their school.  Winners’ art will be displayed in College Nannies and Tutors’ Learning Center and online.  Contestants’ entries are being accepted through April 12.  More information and an entry form can be found at www.collegenannies.com/overlandpark.

As a part of the grand opening, there will also be a free ACT practice test offered at the facility on Saturday, April 16, from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.  Pre-registration is required – email overlandparkks@collegetutors.com or call (913) 754-3633 to register today!

Come join the excitement at this celebration! It will be a fun time for all.

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Amy Branton

General Manager

College Nannies & Tutors – Overland Park

Tele 913.754.3633

Mobile 913.526.6081


If You’re Considering a Summer Nanny or Manny, You Need to Start Your Search Now

Summer is highly anticipated by parents and children alike, but many working parents also have concerns … how to keep their children actively engaged and safe during the months of summer fun.  A summer nanny can be the answer to this dilemma, but many parents are unsure of how to find quality care.

Parents need to start the planning process NOW to ensure they have top-quality childcare choices available. First, we recommend that families openly discuss their needs.  Depending upon the ages of your children, it’s a good idea to involve them in this discussion while making it clear that it is ultimately a parental decision.  We’ve found the following tips helpful in selecting the right childcare partner for your family.

 

College Nannies & Tutors Offers TOP 10 Tips for Finding the

Right Childcare Professional for Your Family

 

1)      Allow ample time to conduct a search.  It takes about 6-8 weeks to complete a quality nanny or manny search.  Individuals with the best credentials will be offered positions first, so don’t miss out on all that great talent by procrastinating!

2)      Think about your specific needs, including hours of coverage and responsibilities.  Do you have a male or female preference?  Also consider special requirements such as whether your nanny needs to drive or have any medical skills or water/pool training.

3)      After clarifying needs and preferences, prepare a detailed job description.  Then consider your budget, including pay, taxes and insurance.

4)      Determine if you will conduct your search or hire an expert/agency to assist.  Carefully consider if you have the time to search yourself as it can take anywhere from 40-120 hours to find a qualified nanny who also fits with your family.  Also, is it important or more convenient for you to have an agency cover payment, insurance, background checks and other administrative details?

5)      Advertise the position in your area including all on-line resources.  College campus programs, local newspapers and on-line postings are a great place to start.

6)      Pre-screen candidates based on position requirements, and conduct interviews using a list of pre-set, legally approved questions related to availability, pay requirements, past work experience, education and overall qualifications.  All candidates should be asked the same questions, giving you equal comparison data.

7)      Consider job “fit” along with qualifications.  Think about what type of personality will fit best with your family’s philosophy.  Review your family values, discipline and parenting style and ask questions to determine how the candidates will perform in those areas.

8)      Once you’ve selected a candidate, conduct reference and background checks to minimize risk.  This should include state and county criminal checks, national sexual offender and national criminal record searches along with a SSN trace.  Many companies offer these checks, but beware of running an Internet search as they are very basic and can miss important information.  Avoid the temptation to skip this step even if you know the person.

9)      Extend an offer to the final candidate that outlines salary, benefits, taxes, vacation, absences, mileage and other reimbursements.  Once you have mutually agreed on the terms, we recommend that you have a written letter that is signed by you and your new nanny.

10)   Be sure to start-off on the right foot, and the best way to accomplish this is to COMMUNICATE.  Provide guidelines and assistance with planning the daily activities.  Give the relationship time to develop, but have tools in place to promote communication between the family and nanny early and often.  This could be as simple as keeping a notebook of special notes and activities for the day.  Meet regularly with your nanny during the summer to review performance and to ensure all expectations are clear and being met by both sides.

If the process seems a bit overwhelming and time consuming, consider hiring a professional agency to assist and guide you.  College Nannies & Tutors offers many options to allow children to have a carefree yet enriching summer.   Fun, sun-filled days at the pool, an outing to the zoo, or a relaxing day hanging out with friends will help your children to have a great summer.  Knowing that a qualified, responsible role model is caring for them when you are not there will help make your summer more relaxed as well – at least when it comes to your children!

College Nannies & Tutors – Kansas City is located in Overland Park, Kansas and provides full-time, part-time, short-term, summer, after school, and/or occasional use nanny and manny (male nannies) services for families throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area.  Families choose to work with College Nannies & Tutors because of its unique child developmental approach and its ability to provide strong and suitable role models for children.  For more information, please contact College Nannies and Tutors at 913-754-3633 or visit our website at www.collegenannies.com.

By Amy Branton

General Manager

College Nannies & Tutors – Overland Park

Tele 913.754.3633

Mobile 913.526.6081


Keeping Down the Cost of Growing Up!

As moms, we all like our kids to be well-dressed and looking cute.  We love it when they ask us to buy them a new toy and it becomes a favorite, occupying them for days.  We want to create bedrooms that will be special places they can escape to.

However, we also know that they’ll outgrow that perfect polka-dot dress they wore for their third birthday. They’ll grow bored with the space-themed Legos and era-dressed dolls we spent so long collecting.  And the teddy bear lamps and light switch covers that we adored when they were babies suddenly seem all wrong when they begin grade school.

Finding the time and money to keep up with the changes of growing-up can be time consuming and expensive, but it doesn’t have to be.  Here We Grow Again Kids Consignment is keeping down the cost of growing up, and saving families’ time, by offering great deals on thousands of outgrown kids’ items in one location. Merchandise comes from hundreds of local consignors, parents just like you, who understand the value of caring for and reselling outgrown kids items.  Items include: clothing, shoes, toys, books, furniture, baby equipment, nursery items and décor, electronics, sports equipment, and more.  You shop for items in a clean and organized environment.  We do the work of inspecting items for tears, stains and damage, so you pay a fraction of retail for quality merchandise.

Admission to our event is always free and we feature discounts days where you can save 25% or 50% off most items.  Save even more when you register to become a consignor and earn money on your outgrown kids’ items.  Ready to keep down the cost of growing up? Find out more at www.herewegrowagain.com. We have several upcoming spring sales in the Kansas City area:

March 23-26 – Eastern Jackson County
Sports City
425 NE Mock Avenue
Blue Springs, MO 64014

March 29 – April 2 – Olathe
Former Dillons Grocery Store
588 E. Santa Fe
Olathe, KS 66062

April 7 – 10 – Shawnee
Merriam Village

I-35 & Johnson Drive
6030 Eby Avenue
Merriam, KS 66202

April 16-19 – Grandview
Crystal Ballroom at Rodeway Inn
71 Hwy and 155th Street