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Welcome

WELCOME to the BOSTON AREA NANNY SUPPORT GROUP (BANSG) (This site updated April 20, 2014)

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:

1)  NANNYPALOOZA is in Philadelphia, PA , Oct. 17-19, 2014!

http://www.nannypalooza.com

If you’d like to go to NANNYPALOOZA 2014 and would like your employer to pay for all or part of it, Sue Downey has put together a great flyer to share with your employers. Even if it’s not in your current contract, you can still ask!
Note: the following links were for 2013, and may not be active yet:
*****NANNYPALOOZA is a conference for nannies, Oct. 17-19, 2014.  For more information, and to register, visit

Conference details: http://www.nannypalooza.com/conference-details.html
Registration: http://www.nannypalooza.com/np-conference-page.html

Are you an auditory learner, curious about Nannypalooza?
Here is the link to the Nannypalooza Chat, led by Sue Downey and introducing 2013 innovations. It took a few minutes to load up on my computer so be patient!! http://meet47613637.adobeconnect.com/p366hj5u35j/

2) 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 subscribe to the email newsletter, for updates on local nanny events!

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WHAT IS THE BOSTON AREA NANNY SUPPORT GROUP (BANSG)?

As of 2011, BANSG organizes 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 working with MAPN to create the Nannypalooza Boston 2010 conference, BANSG has now passed the torch to MAPN (Mass. Alliance of Professional Nannies ) and 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.

******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!

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National Nanny Training Day-Boston

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 child

care 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 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

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3) BANSG Annual NANNY VOLUNTEER PROJECT: date TBA, 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!

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OTHER LOCAL NANNY GROUPS and RESOURCES:

Are you experiencing conflict or having a dispute with your employer?
The Domestic Worker/Employer Mediation Project can help! Mediation
provides an outlet for a healthy conversation and the resolution of all
issues without having to go to court. Our mediators, who are all
domestic workers or employers of domestic workers themselves, understand
the unique relationship between nannies and their employers and are
trained to help out with workplace disputes and help the parties
involved develop their own fair and lasting solution.

Mediation through our program is free and we will travel anywhere in
Massachusetts. Our services are available in English, Spanish, and
Portuguese, and we can provide translators as necessary. For more
information, or to schedule a mediation, please contact Sarah
Chapple-Sokol, Mediation Coordinator, at (617) 783 8001 x107 or at
mediation@braziliancenter.org. More information can also be found on our
website at http://bit.ly/17wHEdi.
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****Hello!  I am hoping to start a nanny network in Medfield and surrounding areas.  I have one child, an adorable 22 month old.  Nannies or moms who want to socialize and find fun activities are welcome to email me at Nannylakey@yahoo.com.
Justine
****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!
***NEW 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!
Respond to Jan L. at jjl3000@verizon.net
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Join MAPN Free!

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.

Information at http://www.mapnannies.com

MAPN is just starting a book discussion group.   For more information, join MAPN and inquire about the group.

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Greater Boston Nanny Dinners: now officially a function of MAPN!

Join MAPN for free, and sign up for weekly announcements of when and where that week you can meet up with other nannies at a restaurant.   Locations rotate all around the greater Boston area and suburbs, so a location will be convenient to everyone sometime.  Information at http://www.mapnannies.com

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***NEW NANNY GROUP***:

Nanny and Friends of Rhode Island & So. Massachusetts

This group is to help connect local Nannys, parents and other providers for play dates, clothing swaps, field trips, information-sharing and general support.

JOIN ON FACEBOOK  AT http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=111570888875212

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Nanny group for Western MA!   Contact Judy at original nanny dot com.

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*****And the group for the area north of Boston:

NORTH OF BOSTON 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 Maryann Kamitian for more info  at
Blondyinnh at aol dot com. ********

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WAKEFIELD, MA AREA NANNY GROUP!

Check out the group on yahoo groups http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MaNannyandMoms/

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For the new NY Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, go to http://domesticworkersunited.org/campaigns.php Sorry, there is no direct link. Click halfway down on the page where it says: “information on the new legislation.”
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And now back to information on the now 10+ year old BOSTON AREA NANNY SUPPORT GROUP!

We are an independent social and educational group for local nannies, by local nannies, since 2000. We are also a loose association of nannies connected via an email list (used only to send the twice-monthly newsletter).

All nannies and au pairs are welcome anytime:  experienced, new to nannying,  full-time, part-time, live-in, live-out, young and ‘vintage’ and all ages in between, currently working or seeking work, etc.   Nannies don’t have a water cooler we can gather around to discuss the job.  Come to nanny events, and brainstorm and chat with the only people who understand what we do for a living:  other nannies!

No dues or fees!    We keep our costs down to almost nothing (free meeting space, free speakers, pot luck, etc.) so I can pay them out of pocket, and no one has to stay away from not being able to afford to come.  And other nanny groups’ events that are posted in the Nanny News are also either free, or low-cost.

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WHAT WE DO:

****Click on the tab at the top of the page FOR NEWS OF A MINI-NANNYPALOOZA CONFERENCE IN SEPTEMBER 2010, RIGHT HERE IN THE BOSTON AREA!

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*Free twice-monthly local “NANNY NEWS” email newsletter, to sign up email janstclair@aol.com with “Nanny News” in the subject line.   Your email address will not be spammed or sold, and all BANSG group emails are “blind copied” so your address stays private.

*IN-PERSON GET-TOGETHERS  (Click on the “EVENTS” page, at the top right side of this page.) **IMPORTANT UPDATE!**

*IN-PERSON GET-TOGETHERS- Sign up for the Nanny News emails for notice of get-togethers in coffee shops, restaurants, playspaces, and other meeting sites!

*NANNY NETWORKING- Find nanny friends in your neighborhood for playdates and after-work get-togethers.  Click on Nanny Networking at the top of this welcome page for details.

*RESOURCES -We will be adding pages and files to this site over time.  Currently there are hardcopy resources brought to in-person events, such as sample work agreements, nanny newsletters, etc.

* WEEKLY NANNY DINNERS- A group of MAPN nannies host a get-together at a different restaurant every week,  all around the various communities in and around Boston so that distance will not be a barrier to any nanny attending at least some dinners.  (See “EVENTS” for more information.)

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