WELCOME to the BOSTON AREA NANNY SUPPORT GROUP (BANSG) (This site updated March 13, 2015)
For the latest updates, sign up for the BANSG email announcements by emailing janstclair a t a o l dt c o m! (Honestly, I rarely update this website, and keep everyone current using the email newsletter.)
UPCOMING NANNY EVENTS:
NATIONAL NANNY TRAINING DAY: APRIL 18, 2015
A labor of love for nannies: National Nanny Training Day is a national initiative to raise the quality of care through a well-trained workforce. This year, over 1500 nannies in 35 cities will gather together to learn new skills and renew their enthusiasm for childcare.
THERE ARE THREE EVENTS IN MASSACHUSETTS THIS YEAR! Nannies are encouraged to attend the event nearest them!
1) Cambridge/Boston’s National Nanny Training Day 2015
Saturday April 18, 2015
***Separate Registration on our site for nanny-oriented Red Cross CPR/First Aid certification in Boston on Sunday, April 19***
MIT Tang Center, 2 Amherst St, 3rd Floor, Cambridge MA
$20 early registration until 4/4, $25 after that.
Teams of 4 get 25% discount = 1 ticket free
Childcare for NannyMoms, language interpretation provided
Steps from Kendall Sq. Red Line T stop, parking available.
12 official workshops (3 different tracks/time slots w/ 4 options), and final hour of the day is “open conference” (spontaneous workshops put on by nannies to teach and learn from one another).
Plus CPR/FIrst Aid on Sunday (register separately on our registration site)
Here is the current lineup of workshops:
Mindful Discipline with Robin Einzig, Visible Child
Working with Infants and becoming a Infant Care Specialist Priscilla Garnache, Boston’s Best Babysitters
How Does Your Engine Run: Unwinding Wound-up Kids and Stimulating Slugabeds with Amy L. Slutzky, MS, OTR/L
Working with Children on the Autism Spectrum with Lauri Weinstein , OTR/L, GCFP
How to work with and support LGBTQ charges with Akane Kominami, Boston GLASS
How to talk to young people about big social issues with Dr. William Sharp
More to come.
What you need to know about the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights with Lydia Edwards JD, Greater Boston Legal Services
Resume and Online Portfolio with Helen Adeosun, CareAcademy
The Nanny/Family Agreement: Why you should have one and how to put it in writing with Marsha Epstein, American Nanny Company
Emotions in the workplace: How to work through personal feelings and issues in a proactive and heathy way with Jennileen Joseph, Certified Re-Evaluation Counseling Instructor
More to come. . .
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1536621386605152/
2) NORTHSHORE NNTD 2015: Panera Bread, Wilmington $15
Music for children, with pre-school expert and Teacher, Susan Kelley
Nutrition for children, with Professional Nanny and Health Coach Ruth Ellen Holland
Cooking with kids, with Professional Nanny and Certified Health Coach, Jen Novello
What you need to know about the new domestic worker law in MA, with Steven Dwyer, J.D.
Creating the life of your dreams, with Certified Life Coach Francine Tirrell.
3)METROWEST NNTD 2015: Best Western, Marlboro $25
A block of rooms are reserved for Friday night, for nannies who want to avoid the morning travel.
Door prizes and goodie bags!
Sleep training, Nanny Contracts, Sensory Activities and Arts & Crafts, Domestic Workers Law, Mindful Discipline for Toddlers-Early Elementrary, taxes/mileage, newborn care, How babies brains develop and nannies influences, Portfolio Building, and how to talk with employers about uncomfortable topics in a professional manner….
There is a national initiative for local nanny groups to hold open events for all nannies 4 times per year, beginning in 2014:
National Nanny Nights Out: Jan 24 – 26th, 2014
National Nanny Training Day: April 12, 2014
National Nanny / Kid Play Day: August 7, 2014
National Nanny Nights Out: November 7 – 9th, 2014
Watch this space, and (especially) subscribe to the email newsletter, for updates on local nanny events!
WHAT IS THE BOSTON AREA NANNY SUPPORT GROUP (BANSG)?
As of 2011, BANSG organizes (or assists in organizing) the occasional nanny event but is now primarily a clearinghouse of information for MA nannies and an informational and networking resource through the twice-monthly email newsletter. Meet other nannies in your community for playdates or after-work get-togethers! Find out about other local nanny groups and their activities! Receive notice of free and low-cost local workshops for professional development, local nanny events, and national nanny conferences! Find out about helpful online resources for nannies, many offered by career nannies! Email j a n s t c l a i r at a o l dot c o m.
Begun by 2 nannies in 2000 with monthly social/educational events, and after spearheading the Nannypalooza Boston 2010 conference, BANSG has now passed the torch to other local nanny groups for hosting regular nanny events in the Greater Boston area. The BANSG email newsletter is a great way to keep updated on nanny events in MA, and for info about other nanny groups.
******CHECK OUT OUR NANNY CONFERENCE PAGE for information about our final big event! NANNYPALOOZA BOSTON was SEPT. 19, 2010! What a great way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of BANSG!
BANSG CONTINUES TO ORGANIZE, OR ASSIST IN ORGANIZING THESE ANNUAL NANNY EVENTS:
1) National Nanny Training Day-Boston
(Established spring 2012)
While professional development is required in other childcare settings, the informal nature of nanny care often leads parents and caregivers to believe that ongoing training isn’t necessary for nannies. However early childhood researchers such as Dr. Laura Berk, retired Professor at Illinois State University Psychology Department, tell us a different story. Her research shows that childcare providers become skilled professionals when hands-on childcare experience is combined with training and education.
Lora Brawley, owner of Nanny Biz Reviews, says, “Of course a great nanny must have a loving heart and nurturing personality. But it’s just as important that she have a working knowledge of how a child develops physically, socially, emotionally, and intellectually and knows developmentally appropriate ways to create a safe, engaging environment where kids can thrive.”
The Boston (2012) event will offer sessions on Creative and Interactive Play, Family-nanny Challenges, Infant & Child CPR and First Aid, Infant Massage, Infant and Toddler Safety, Newborn Specialties, Nurtured Heart Approach, Pediatric Nutrition, Portfolio Building and Professional Development. This event is open to nannies throughout the community and will also offer caregivers the opportunity to network, share resources and be appreciated for their professionalism. These trainings will tackle some of the profession’s unique challenges and celebrate its unique rewards. Jennifer Garnache of Boston’s Best BabySitters says, “There is no other job as important as raising a child, whether it is your own or someone else’s. General awareness and appreciation of the critical impact an in-home, professional childcare provider has on the future of our children is not where it should be. It is time to spread the movement of legitimizing and promoting the professionalism of our industry, starting with professional development support and training. We at Boston’s Best BabySitters are really excited to offer both our in-house nannies as well as other nannies throughout the community the opportunity to participate in a full day of exciting, cutting edge training sessions tailored to the private home environment.”
National Nanny Training Day is a national initiative sponsored by Nanny Biz Reviews, a site offering free user reviews and up-to-date profiles of nanny-related businesses plus expert advice and practical tips on a successful search, effective screening, important hiring issues, and a longterm nanny/family relationship. For more information please visit www.nannybizreviews.com
2) BANSG Annual NANNY VOLUNTEER PROJECT:
a Saturday usually falling sometime in April.
Visit the Volunteer Page (click on the tab above) for full information.
BANSG annual volunteer project, providing childcare in a 1-day well-organized “camp” for blind and visually-impaired children and their siblings at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, while their parents attend a conference nearby on campus. It’s a lot of fun, you can choose your favorite age range, and whether to work with one impaired child or 1-2 typical kids. There are craft and cooking supplies, toys, lovely playgrounds, gym time, music and other organized activities. Caregivers receive a certificate of appreciation for their portfolio.
For some of the parents, it’s their first time being with other parents of handicapped children and having a break from childcare. Our service and our experience with children is very much needed and appreciated!
The Domestic Worker/Employer Mediation Project, formerly of the Brazilian Project, is no longer active. Harvard University offers free mediation services. More info to follow.
BANSG PROMOTES OTHER LOCAL NANNY GROUPS:
I highly recommend joining this new group if you are on Facebook:
The “Massachusetts Nanny Network” Facebook Group
Welcoming Nannies living or working in MA who wish to Network with other Nannies in Massachusetts .
Connect with other Nannies in your own regional communities of MA. Join or promote your own local Nanny group and it’s activities, meet ups, trainings or events. Provide local advice, support for Nannies new to the field or who are looking to expand their knowledge. Post MA Nanny news, websites, professional development opportunities, or national Nanny news and events. Share, network and learn with other MA Nannies. https://www.facebook.com/groups/602884949819836/
*****This is now a “closed” group, which just means that only members can see the posts. The group name should come up in a search. Please pass the word on to other MA Nannies. If you are FB friends with a member, they can add you… if not. email Nanny781@yahoo.com for an invite.
Thanks, The Nanny Network
Monthly Nannies Night Out!
-Brought to you by Little Lovage Club
-Monthly Thursday night Happy Hour in Back Bay/South End for all Boston Nannies.
-Mix and mingle, grab some apps, and share ideas with other local caregivers.
Welcome to the Nanny Breakfast Club! The goal is to have a consistent weekly gathering of nannies for breakfast! We will be meeting around 10/10:30am in various breakfast joints around the area!
It will be easier to follow through their Facebook group athttps://www.facebook.com/groups/564793883604828/
But if you are not on Facebook, please e-mail Thaty (firstname.lastname@example.org
) and she will be happy to send you the details! Thaty is one of the hosts of the National Domestic Radio (NDR) show and a career nanny in the Boston area since 2003.
NANNY MEET-UP GROUP
**Attention North Shore MA Nannies**
THE NANNY NETWORK
The Nanny Network is an active Facebook support group specifically for North Shore MA Nannies.
We have over 80 North Shore MA Nannies in the group. In The Nanny Network we highly encourage Nanny to Nanny mentoring.
Sharing your career experience with others is highly encouraged. Every Nanny has something to offer and every Nanny has something to learn. Members post Nanny news, local resources, kid-friendly activities, the best parks, indoor play spaces, local kid hot spots, special events, early childhood trainings, and job leads in the North Shore area of MA. We also host local events like a Nanny only American Heart Association CPR/First Aid classes, Nanny resume and portfolio show and tell, National Nanny day/night out social events, Nanny dinners and weekend Nanny Breakfast meets ups.
Members and their charges in this group often get together for social activities, field trips and sometimes break off into smaller in home play groups. We have hosted themed playgroup parties, spring egg hunts, meet ups at local parks, libraries and group story times.
The Nanny Network seeks to broaden public understanding and awareness of the unique and valuable role Nannies play in the lives of the families we work for. Together we can set a professional standard of excellence for local Nannies, while acting as support and resources for one another. There are no membership dues or secret handshakes. : ) Membership is open to Nannies regardless of experience level.
Due to privacy concerns this is a Facebook group that is set to private and will not come up in any search. Membership is by email invitation only.
If you would like to join “The Nanny Network” just email Nanny781@Yahoo.com
for membership information. Thanks, Nancy Kanouff
S. Boston Meetup group for nannies:
A Cambridge nanny started a big tent group to help connect nannies and parents of infants/toddlers for playgroups, park dates, walks, etc. Join if interested!
WORCESTER/METROWEST NANNY GROUP!
If you’re a Nanny in the Worcester/Metrowest area, and would love to meet with other Nannies once or twice a month, this group’s for you!!!! We would be meeting in Upton, Mass., at the home of a longtime Nanny……just let us know what would be the best evening of the week for you, and we will try to find an evening that will be convenient for the majority. (There is no fee to join this group!)
Looking forward to meeting and supporting each other!
The Massachusetts Alliance of Professional Nannies (MAPN) is a
non-profit organization that believes in strengthening the voice of the
nanny in the workplace and within the childcare field as a whole. MAPN
sponsors workshops, informational sessions, social connections, and
activities with the express intent of fostering leadership among
nannies and breaking the isolation imbedded within the nanny industry.
MAPN Membership Benefits:
-Weekly Nanny Restaurant Dinners (pay as you go)
-Professional Development Day Workshops
-Private Facebook Discussion Board–Please request access by emailing us at email@example.com
at Facebook on our MAPN page. This group is only for members of MAPN, and items posted there are confidential.
North of Boston/Southern NH Nanny Support Group
Nanny dinners and frequent playgroups
Meet Professionals who do what you do.
Dinners are once a month on the last Thursday of the month.
Contact Alyssa McGuire for more info at
Judy Shapiro Flynn, of Original Nanny Service in Worcester, and Bridget
Glasheen, a career nanny, are forming a nanny support group with nanny
Wakefield MA nanny and moms group
Events arranged via yahoo groups calendar, but no longer on Facebook.
Nanny and Friends of Rhode Island & So. Massachusetts:
This group is to help connect local Nannies, parents and other
providers for play dates, clothing swaps, field trips,
information-sharing and general support.
JOIN ON FACEBOOK AT
FREE NANNY RESOURCES:
The Domestic Worker/Employer Mediation Project
Have you had a dispute with your employer about wages or hours, or just
had a hard time getting along? We may be able to help! Mediation is a
collaborative tool that helps parties in conflict reach mutually
satisfying solutions. Our mediators, domestic workers and employers of
domestic workers, are trained to help both sides reach their own fair
and lasting solution.
Mediation through our program is free! We provide the mediators, plus
free babysitting and translation services. We will travel anywhere in
Massachusetts, and our services are available in English, Spanish, and
To discuss your situation and determine if mediation is appropriate, or
to schedule a session, contact us at:
Domestic Worker/Employer Mediation Project
14 Harvard Ave, 2nd Floor
Tel: 617-783-8001 x103
More information can also be found on our
Domestic Workers’ Online Radio
National Domestic Radio (online)
BY domestic workers FOR domestic workers! This internet radio show streams atZumix.org! Our rights, news, dilemmas, & fun. Workers and employers unite.
Be part of a growing movement. On our radio show we talk about domestic workers’ rights, work out dilemmas, hear from domestic workers like nannies, PCA’s, and housekeepers, talk with policy people, and have a great time doing it.
Check out these for upcoming nanny professional development: