Update about Maine's vaccination distribution Phase 1B plan
January 20, 2021
I have been working on this update over the past couple of weeks hoping to have a better idea on the COVID vaccination distribution timing. It seems that there still isn’t a firm timeline with the phase 1B vaccination plan nor is there a determination yet if nannies will be qualified as an essential worker as current classification is specifically listed as teacher/daycare worker.
Phase 1b is dedicated to protecting vulnerable residents and frontline workers. Nannies have been considered essential workers from the very beginning of the COVID pandemic. Because nannies have continued to work and have had a higher risk of exposure while working, I am hopeful that nannies will be included in the State of Maine Phase 1B vaccination plan, likely to begin next month. The state is reviewing these recommendations and will make final determinations as this part of Phase 1b approaches. This website will be updated with that information once available. https://www.maine.gov/covid19/vaccines/public-faq
Phase 1B currently includes teachers and daycare workers specifically- which leads me to assume it would include nannies but the State of Maine is unwilling to make that determination at this time. It sounds like more info is coming very soon about potential eligibility and I will email nannies at that time. Maine aims to complete Phase 1B by April! When the determination has been made if nannies qualify, here is a listing of vaccination sites.
I wish I had a more finalized answer about the ability to obtain the COVID vaccines under the Phase 1B distribution plan in Maine but I will keep you updated over the upcoming days.
Be well, stay healthy, and thank you for all that you do!
Elizabeth Tedford, Portland Nannies
COVID safe activities to do with children as it gets cooler.
I just had a nanny recently inquire about coming up with some ideas of what she could be doing with her kiddo when the weather starts getting a little cooler. During these sunny days, it seems much easier keeping the children busy, active, engaged, and ideally not missing their playdates/school/lessons as much because they are finding new things to do. These upcoming few months of cooler weather will take some extra creativity when seeking out ideas while still keeping COVID precaution and limited exposure a priority. I was looking over our listing of activities to do in our nanny booklet but the majority are not currently open or families may not be comfortable having you go there (hello McDonalds playset!) I checked in with the businesses on our listing to see what companies were taken extra concern and precaution about COVID and here are some ideas. I would love to hear from nannies to what you are finding works for you and your kiddos, we can add onto the list! Thank you, be well, take care, and stay healthy.
MAINE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER
In light of the recent Stay-at-Home Order for the state of Maine, many nannies and families are left wondering if this is applicable to them. Childcare Providers are listed as essential workers and therefore nannies may continue in their current position at both the family and nanny's discretion.
I have been reviewing the updates as posted, CHILDCARE is mentioned always as an essential service. I agree that is seems confusing when trying to determine your own individual situation. The mandate says that travel to and from work to provide childcare is permissible. I have not seen any exclusions stated that the parent's job has to be considered essential in order for the nanny to continue work. That to me seems like it should be determined between the family and nanny if her role is deemed essential during this time. I do have an email off to the State seeking specific clarifications in our industry and will follow up with any updates. Also, I do see that all essential workers are mandated to maintain a minimum of six foot distance, which I interpret to be from the employers and obviously not the children!
Nannies and families, please read the latest news about the changes in unemployment benefits. Many are feeling the strain of COVID-19 as it impacts employment here in Maine. The virus has forced closures and layoffs across our state, and the new emergency legislation will extend eligibility of unemployment benefits.
Maine's emergency unemployment benefits will cover situations that aren't usually covered, including:
*Your employer temporarily having to close due to COVID-19
*Being quarantined but expecting to return to work when the quarantine ends
*Leaving work due to risk of exposure or infection
*Leaving work to take care of a family member
*The legislation also waives the one-week waiting period so that benefits start immediately and ensures that claims for UI won't affect an employer's experience rating.
Go to https://www.maine.gov/unemployment/ to file your claim
Here's what you'll need to set up your account:
your social security number
your birth date
choose a user name
choose a password
Here's what you'll need to file:
Your social security number
Alien Registration Number, if applicable
The business name, address and telephone number of each place you've worked at over the past 18 months
The jobs you held and the dates you worked for each employer within the 18-month period
You can file for unemployment in Maine if:
You have worked in the state of Maine or served in the military within the past 18 months
You have not filed a claim for unemployment benefits against another state in the past 12 months
You will come to a line that asks your reason for filing, fill that in with "lack of work".
Summer is sadly coming to an end and as always, it seemed to go by too quickly. While I know many folks look forward to the fall season, I am not quite ready to say goodbye to the sunshine especially after this amazing weekend! There is a lot of unpredictability in the nanny industry but one that that has always remained true, that August/September is our busiest transitional period of the year. I want to thank you all for your patience and understanding if I wasn’t able to answer your call or get right back to you. I want you to always feel like I am here for you, available, and that you are my priority but I am aware that this time of year I am not as quick with my responses.
Things are back to a more normal busy pace at the office and I am looking forward to catching up with some of our newer nannies and nannies that are just starting with their new families. I want to welcome our newest nannies with Portland Nannies- welcome Nanny Kate, Destiny, Lynn, Sarah, Laura, Micheala, Tammy, Ashley, Taylor, Lisa, Bridget, Alison, June, Sara, Elizabeth, Hannah, Maria, Stefanie, Jenn, and Emma. I would like to welcome back nannies Meghan, Julia, Gia, Kristen, Katie, Shelby, Ashley, Amanda, Carly, Laurie, Dayla, Karla, Erin, Carol, Mary, Diane, Alexis, Noralee, Jen, Lynne, Aliza, Katie, and Meaghan! I am grateful having such wonderful, professional childcare providers representing my agency!
The International Nanny Association is excited to support all the hard working nannies during interNational Nanny Recognition Week September 22-28, 2019.
In order to honor your service to the children and families in your care, they will be holding a RECOGNITION WEEK CELEBRATION SALE during the week of INNRW. All in-home childcare professionals are encouraged to become INA members or renew their membership by Sunday September 29th to take advantage of this offer Childcare Professional Memberships are $40, a $15 savings. Sign up: https://crm.nanny.org/public/login/membership/5d6441780f777e929908579f4a3b79a4505b1896/1
interNational Nanny Recognition Week September 22-28 2019
PORTLAND NANNIES would like to thank all of our amazing nannies, we wouldn’t be here without your dedication and support! Our families are forever grateful having you as part of their family and caring for their children. Thank you Nannies, truly for everything and HAPPY NANNY RECOGNITION WEEK!! As a way to show my appreciation, I would like to invite you to the following offerings this week, all free of charge for you.
MONDAY Stop by Broadway Gardens, 1640 Broadway South Portland, between the hours of 3pm-7pm and pick up a thank you bouquet of flowers. Go to the main building and Eva will put together a nice arrangement for you, courtesy of Portland Nannies.
WEDNESDAY Stop by OTTOs Pizza, 125 John Roberts Rd in South Portland after work, between the hours of 4-6pm for a happy hour slice and drink. I will grab us a picnic table, stop by anytime during those hours.
FRIDAY Treat Yourself! What is your go-to for relaxing? Getting a Massage? Day at the Spa? Going out to eat? Perhaps some Shopping? We are raffling off a Visa Gift Card for $50 to one lucky nanny.
FRIDAY OR SATURDAY Stop by Cake Elizabeth, 851 Sawyer Rd in South Portland anytime between 10am-6pm for a yummy home made with natural ingredients cupcake, cake pop, or cupcake-in-a-jar, courtesy of Portland Nannies
And 2019 is off to a busy start here at Portland Nannies! We had yet another record breaking year with 2018 being our most successful year to date. Many thanks to all of our families and nannies in trusting in our agency. We welcomed many new nannies to Portland Nannies and continued our relationships with nannies that have been with us for years. Recently placed in their newest families are nanny Jaime and Nanny Storm who have been with us for over 20 years and Nanny Emily with us for over 10 years. We appreciate working with you all of these years and look forward to many more. Portland Nannies is looking to add to our pool of nannies, if you know of any qualified providers please have them apply with us. We offer referral incentives for any nanny referrals that are placed in a position with our agency. We are a word of mouth business and appreciate all of your support.
Portland Nannies has been helping families and nannies since 1985. This past year was our most successful year yet. In 2017 we worked with over 200 families to find their perfect childcare provider- this included over 30 full-time nannies, over 30 part-time nannies, and about 150 babysitters, hotel sitters, and on-call/emergency sitters. Thank you for trusting in Portland Nannies, it has been an incredible year!
BOWLING NANNY NIGHT OUT!
Join Elizabeth and Portland Nannies as we Beat the Brewer at Easy Day in South Portland.
WHEN: Thursday March 29th 5:45pm-8pm
WHERE: Easy Day Bowling 725 Broadway So Portland
WHO: Nannies of all ages. Join the Portland Nannies bowling team as we compete for 1st & 2nd place against the brewers at Rising Tide Brewing. Two games, shoes, and 1st tasty pint of beer (21+ for beer) all for $20/person.
REG REQUIRED, Limited spots, email the office!
Are the application fees refundable?
No, the application fees cover the time it takes for us to begin the placement process and is not refundable. Please view the details outlined here.
How do you screen the nanny applicants?
Portland Nannies has a very thorough vetting process for each application.