Since 1998, National Nanny Recognition Week has been observed the last week of September to recognise and celebrate nannies across the United States. National Nanny Recognition Week was started by individuals within the in-home childcare industry to recognise the valuable role nannies play in the lives of American families.
For nannies, National Nanny Recognition Week is a time to celebrate the wonderful work they do and the difference they make in the lives of the children in their care and the families whom they serve.
For nannies employers, National Nanny Recognition Week is a time to show their nanny just how much they appreciate her and the contribution she makes to their family.
If you employ a nanny, consider recognizing her during National Nanny Recognition Week this year.
Here are 10 of the best ways that you can show your nanny that you appreciate and value the care she provides your children and the work she does for your family.
1. Gift your nanny an individual membership to the International Nanny Association
For $35, your nanny will have the resources and support of a professional organisation. The International Nanny Association (www.nanny.org) is a non-profit educational association that serves as the umbrella association for the in-home child care industry.
2. Send her to the spa
Your nanny spends so much time taking care of others she could use a little time to take care of herself. A day of beauty can provide the pampering she needs to be rejuvenated and reenergized!
3. Have the children make her a special gift
A mug with their handprints that says “World’s Best Nanny” or a framed drawing your child made will touch your nanny’s heart.
4. Share a meal
Consider taking your nanny out to dinner to celebrate National Nanny Recognition Week. If you prefer to stay home, have the family prepare the nanny a homemade meal.
5. Meet a need
Has your nanny expressed interest in going to the gym or taking a class at the local college? Consider giving her some money to put towards something she’s wanted to do.
6. Give a gift card
A gift certificate to your nanny’s favourite store or the local mall is the perfect gift to give when you’re unsure just what to get.
7. Pay for professional development
The International Nanny Association and other in-home child care associations offer annual conferences that provide attendees with educational and networking opportunities. Consider paying for your nanny to attend one of these career enhancing events.
8. A surprise paid day off
Let your nanny know you appreciate her by giving her a surprise paid day off. Many nannies work long hours and often don’t get off work until the bank, the doctor’s office and other important venues are closed. Consider giving your nanny the day to celebrate and to take care of herself and her personal business.
9. Make a video
Get the family together and create a video that expresses your appreciation for your nanny. Do a skit, sing a song or share a thank you. Email it to her and post in on your social networking page as a token of thanks.
10. Give a card
Take a moment to write a personal thank you note to your nanny. Point out some of the ways she’s made your life easier and thank her for taking good care of your most prized possessions, your children.
As any mum who has one knows, having a great nanny makes the world go around. If you are fortunate enough to have a quality in-home child care provider, take a moment to let her know how great you think she is. In the hustle and bustle of busy days when you only see each other in passing, it can be easy to forget to say thanks. During National Nanny Recognition Week take time out to your you’re your appreciation and gratitude. You’ll be glad you did.