Monthly Archives: September 2014

4 Quick and Healthy Recipes for Busy Moms

Our nanny agency wanted to offer some helathy recipes for our busy clients.

Keeping your kids healthy on a time budget can be difficult, which is why so many Vancouver moms reach out to Optimum Nannies and Homecare for a professional that can help with childcare and getting dinner on the table! We know time, and your child’s health, is precious to you so we’ve compiled these four super easy and healthy recipes that are great to use whether you’re on your own for dinner or not.

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5 Reasons Why Using an Agency is Better than Hiring a Nanny Yourself

Nanny agencies come with more benefits than if you were to hire a nanny on your own.

If you want it done right, do it yourself — or so the saying goes. And we’re actually not against the notion. Some tasks just shouldn’t be delegated, and there are many times in life when a middleman is impractical. But hiring a nanny is not one of those times. An agency offers a plethora of benefits that you just won’t get searching on your own. Not so easily convinced? Read on to learn why using an agency is better than hiring a nanny yourself.

1. All of our nannies are professionals.

When you go out on the search for a nanny you will find that you come across many individuals who feel they have the skills to care for your child, yet have little experience doing so. At Optimum all of are candidates are professionals, with prior training and years of experience.

2. In the rare case the nanny you choose is not a fit we will find a replacement immediately.

What’s worse than spending endless amounts of time searching for the perfect nanny, only to discover upon hiring them that they are not what you were looking for? It happens. But when it happens on your own, it sets you back to square one, while with an agency it simply means we suggest a replacement. At Optimum we work with many professional candidates so finding a replacement is not a problem — and if it’s within the first three months of hire, it’s also free!

3. All of our applicants are pre-screened and assessed in an in-person interview.

All of the nannies that work with our agency have passed our rigorous screening process with flying colors. What does that process include? A background check that looks into criminal history and driving records, checking a minimum of two references, up to date first aid competency, and a thorough in-person interview that determines an applicant’s behavior type and their knowledge of relevant job-related skills.

4. Temporary replacement guarantee (nanny placements only).

If your nanny needs time off or if we are finding a replacement Optimum will place a qualified temporary nanny in your home. If you use another agency to find a temporary nanny we will refund the fee charged by the other agency(for short term on call bookings only).

5. Assistance from start to finish — and everywhere in between.

From providing you with interview questions to helping in negotiating your nanny’s salary, Optimum provides full circle service to our clients that doesn’t stop when the contract is signed. Even after your nanny is hired we will continue to support you in the transition, and as mentioned above, any bumps along the way.

Going with an agency ensures your family will get the best nanny services Vancouver has to offer. Click here to learn more about the perks and benefits that you get when hiring Optimum Nannies and Homecare.