Here at Execu-Nannies, we’re absolutely thrilled every time we place a nanny with an incredible family so it’s always great to hear positive feedback on not just the candidate but also our process. Thanks to Steve and family for this wonderful testimonial!
I want to thank you for everything you’ve done as well as Ian, Rita, Anna and the rest of your team to help place Maribel with our family. She is definitely a perfect fit.
I chose Execu-nannies over other agencies because it was obvious from our first conversation that you completely understood the evolving rules and processes of the caregiver program in Canada.
Execu-nannies understood my needs and provided me with an abundance of profiles with detailed questionnaires including photographs and reference letters. They setup and co-ordinated Skype interviews with our selections including a second round of interviews. After making our selection, we completed their Job Profile to ensure there is no misunderstanding on the expectations from both the employer and the employee.
Ian had walked us through the entire process from job advertisements to the LMIA and contracts. Ian and the Execu-nannies team made this process very simple and painless for us as they took care of all the paperwork and co-ordination required by the caregiver program. It was obvious through this process that Execu-nannies has a thorough understanding of the rules and regulations of the caregiver program in Canada.
Execu-nannies was always there for us during the entire process to ensure we had a positive experience.
Thank you Sharon, Ian, Rita and Anna (and the rest of your team).
We are very concerned that both parties are happy, content and fitting together like a puzzle. We expect our applicants to work hard, get a good routine going, building relationships with children and you, and become efficient in your home. They support healthy family life for sure. We also like to know that our applicants are enjoying a good level of job satisfaction. We remind you that part of employing someone means looking for opportunities to reward, recognize and encourage. This develops job satisfaction and spurs on performance. If you have any questions or wish to hear some tips and tricks that we know from 28 years of placing nannies, housekeepers, elder caregivers and home cooks, just ask. There is a definite formula for success!
- Don’t overwork but don’t under work either! In the first couple of weeks, new workers often don’t even have lunch or take their breaks. They are trying to learn and work very hard to please you. Please make sure that you make it your business to ensure your new employee has her meals and breaks. A simple question checking on this for a few days is all it takes. It gives permission for them to sit down and recharge their battery. This concern goes a long way in showing your concern for her health and well being and ensuring that you show her your “open door policy” for communication.
- Give praise – a little pat on the back often goes a long way in providing encouragement and recognition.
- Support them and train them – take care of each other.
- Be concerned about their health; don’t expect them to work when they are sick.
- Don’t let the children disrespect them – correct children if they did wrong.
- Communicate with them – take a little time in your busy life to consider how they are doing.
- Make sure their room is comfy, warm in winter and cool in summer. (if applicable)
- Help them understand the standards; the whys and why nots – if it makes more sense they follow through.
- Encourage them to make decisions; avoid micromanaging – let them see that you trust their judgement.
- Ask for their input; respect their ideas and experience.
- Don’t afraid to correct them constructively – it’s vital – they cannot know the fine details of what you need all at once.
- Make sure that they know and feel your respect – this way they strive not to disappoint you and feel so good about their contribution. This supports further develop of their passion.
OUR PROMISE TO YOU
We give you, our candidates, the promise to understand your needs, your skills and to present you to families where you feel safe, valued, respected, have fun and really feel you are making a contribution. Where respect exists, everything good is possible!
We expect a lot of you. You represent not only Execu-Nannies, but your profession as well as your culture. If we choose you, we know you will uphold all responsibilities to the best of your ability. Be proud of what you do as you affect little lives in such a profound way. You support the overall health of the family unit and our families could not do this as well as they do without your caring ways and hard work.
We hope you are a career nanny or caregiver, but if not, we trust that you will make every effort to deliver the highest work ethic you can. You do this because it’s part of who you are. It reflects how your parents raised you and you make them proud.
EDUCATE AND ENGAGE YOUR LITTLE CHARGES
We know that you believe in education. Children learn so many things through simple play. Make those opportunities available to them. The most professional caregivers address the total child or elder they are looking after, enhancing their development and quality of life. Don’t take the easy route; go beyond expectations.
YOU HAVE POWER
You have such power and you may not realize it. Your little charges learn so much from you. They soak every word up and they often want to be just like you. Always be very careful to make sure you are showing the best examples. Treat them like family and you will reap the rewards for a lifetime.
INTEGRITY AND OPEN COMMUNICATION
Always govern yourself with the highest integrity with regard to communication and problem solving. Don’t be shy to bring a problem to your employer’s attention, but do it with class and have some solutions to present at the same time. If you do something that isn’t so good, own up to it and you will see that you will be rewarded for your honesty and straightforward ways. Know what to shield from the children and what is for your employer’s ears only.
YOU ARE SPECIAL
We have chosen you as a special candidate, for special employers. You will soon come together with a great fit with one of our clients who see your wonderful qualities. We ask our clients to share their goals, duties and experiences with you. We want you to succeed. They will prepare a job description for you so you will understand what is expected of you specifically.
This will help you succeed! We are always here to help you.
We listen to our clients. We know that some of you have had less than acceptable experiences with agencies. We want you to know that we will never be one of those agencies simply because, we care. We also put great work into knowing who we are recommending to you. We strive to understand the environment that our applicants will be working in. We understand the working style of parents and just what is expected of them in terms of decision making and taking initiative to get the job done to your satisfaction. We see ourselves as an extension of you!
ASSESSMENT and “Early Childhood Education”
Our mandate has always been and continues to be assessment. This assessment takes time and effort, incredible listening skills and then processing of this valuable information to the file. This information is utilized to promote the right decisions with respect to “FIT.”
The human element is always a consideration ultimately for the success of each placement and the comfort of all parties in the relationship, especially the children. Early Childhood Education principles simply must be part of the equation here!
SWIFT AND EFFICIENT
Execu-Nannies works swiftly because we are prepared. Candidates have already been interviewed, reference checked and fully acquainted with us, and us with them. Ask someone who has dealt with us and they will tell you. Files were identified and presented often within a few hours, certainly by the next day.
THE RIGHT FIT
The goal is always The Right Fit. It leads to long work terms, close relationships and happy employers and applicants. It’s more than just putting someone into a job. These relationships often form life long relationships, which we are proud to have facilitated. It takes years of experience and special instincts to know who will be successful where.
THE COMPEITION – It’s buyer beware
Much of the competition behave as “head hunters” with their commissioned consultants. The clear goal is making placements, not necessarily the right ones. These placements are often made with lightning speed, without proper due-diligence. New and unsuspecting employers may not know the difference initially. Their assessment is based on a one page application which is the basis for sending this candidate right from the office directly to three or four interviews. When are the references checked, we wonder!
Be very careful before using these types of services, as they are virtually a website for listing resumes. There are no references checked. Candidates who cannot get jobs elsewhere, or have a revolving door of employers, often search this way. These candidates often select their “good jobs” to tell you about and leave off their less than successful situations.
WE LOVE WHAT WE DO
We hope that you see we take pride in every placement we make. We promise to show you our favourite applicants and to be able to tell you why we like them so much. We try to find out what’s special about your family so we can enthusiastically promote you on a personal level. Many of our applicants have been placed before, so they know and trust us. Most come to us as a direct result of a friend or relative who knows us. Our reputation with our applicants is an important feature of why we attract so many wonderful nannies and caregivers for you.
WE ARE OPEN EVENINGS AND SATURDAYS
To service your needs, we have someone in our office Monday to Thursday, until 9pm, as well as most Saturdays from 10am – 5pm. We are also open during the week from 9am. This is for your convenience and to make it easy to reach us. We are even available online during the day for your quick instruction and requests.
Written in 1990 by principal and founder of Execu-Nannies Inc., Sharon Taylor, this is the standard by which we choose our applicants and define a “valuable nanny.” They are our family philosophies and reflect the many common desires of our ever growing family of clients. We hope we can find you someone special!
We choose you to be a role model friend and teacher to our children. You learn our parenting style and value system and step into our shoes when we are not there. As each week goes by, we trust you more and appreciate your performance to reinforce that trust. We believe that Parents and Nanny are equals and on the same team – our respective professions are only different.
If you have a behavior issue, you research and present ideas. You read books on child care and share your techniques – ones that work and ones that don’t work, for each child. You partner with us. You never let yourself become bored or complacent. You stimulate the children’s’ creativity – you educate them. You read lots of books to them each day and have the children tell stories back to you.
If they read, you encourage them to read to you. You encourage musical appreciation and make time to listen to our children play piano. You involve the children in daily chores, as they are capable of assuming them. You do not use slang language and correct the children or their friends if/when you hear it. You do not do everything for our children; instead you encourage them to have responsibilities and to feel proud of their contribution. You reward with encouragement, love and positive talk. You emphasize what the children can do instead of what they cannot do; you empower them. You expose them to activities at which they will achieve, and do not expect them to do things that they are not ready to do; you have great intuition and common sense. You look for opportunities to boost each child’s self esteem. You know we recognize that your job is just as important as ours (really more important!)
Your job is a difficult one at times, we know this; you have our support. You see what needs to be done and do it along the lines of our family philosophies.. We value your “initiative” as you learn what our routine is. You communicate with us – we can’t change what do not know. You feel comfortable to suggest ideas that you have, to us. You communicate well with us – we don’t hear your concerns from neighbours – you tell us first – honesty and integrity is a basis for our mutually strong relationship. You are discreet about our family information. You are not overly sensitive about things that the children may say to you, but correct and teach them without tearing away at their self esteem. You are in control but empower our children with choices. You expose your feelings to the children so that they may understand how you feel and why. You are an achiever, a positive thinker, self-motivated and enjoy giving of yourself in this IMPORTANT, PROFESSIONAL ROLE AS A NANNY.“