Saturday, May 25, 2013

The Nanny Series: Part 1: Nanny Binder

If you will be nannying or working with kids this summer you may want to pay attention. I will be posting a series to help prep you for your summer nanny job. Today's post will be on creating a nanny binder.

I was a nanny last summer for a toddler and I will be a nanny again this summer for two girls ages 6 and 11. They will have full summer schedules with camps and activities so having a binder will be the best way to keep me organized.

First, I created my own cover page. Of course, it needed to be ADORABLE and appealing to the eye. I am going to have to look at this all summer long! You can download your own free nanny headquarters binder cover sheet here.

My employer asked me to keep track of my hours every week. The easiest way for me to do that is to create time sheets and print them out for every week of the summer.

You can download free summer time sheet here.

Binder Sections:

* Calendar. You can find a super cute free summer calendar here. This will help keep you organized and let you plan ahead.

* Summer Ideas. I see things on pinterest or run across ads all the time with things I want to do with the kids. This is the section to keep those ideas!

* Notes from Nanny. I do not have this in my binder for this summer but when I was with my toddler last summer I needed something to help me keep track of what my child ate, when she napped, and what we did throughout the day. I promise you, your days will start to blend together and it is nice when the parents come home for you to have something written out stating what you did with your day. I don't think I will use this for my job this summer because my kids are older and can tell their parents about their day. I plan to have the girls create a summer memories journal where they can write what we did each day or each week.

You can download your free notes from nanny sheet here.

* Medical. This will include photocopies or health cards, name of doctors, health professionals, and hospitals in the area. I created an editable family information sheet that you can download for free here.

I will make sure this binder goes with me everywhere. You never know when an emergency will happen. I want to make sure I have all the information I need. It will have a special place in the house where the children know where to find it as well.

Staying organized is the key to a successful summer and it will impress the parents you work for. It shows that you take your job seriously.

Part 2 of The Nanny Series will be about creating a Car Kit for you and your little ones.

Stay Tuned!


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