DYI Idea: Make Your Own Goop

This DYI idea comes courtesy of nanny Kirstin from Calgary. It’s called goop (no relation to Gwyneth Paltrow’s blog) and a has texture similar to nutty-putty. It’s soft and squishy, bounces and when left on a table, will melt into a puddle. You can colour on it with markers and make designs or play with… Read more »

Staying off your phone

Our goal at Nannies on Call is to help you succeed as a Nanny and be the best Nanny in the neighbourhood. We want other parents calling us to say ‘We want a nanny just like her!’ These tips will help you get stellar references, which will result in higher pay and landing your dream job down the road.

Tax tips for contractors/on call nannies

Paying Taxes as a Contractor. Get Organized Today!
As an on call nanny, you are considered a contractor, so rather than paying taxes throughout the year, you pay your taxes in one lump sum at tax time.
Even though tax season is behind us for this year, if you start getting organized NOW, cutting that cheque to Revenue Canada next spring, will not hurt as much.

Remember that ALL income must be declared!

Professional Phone Manner

Professional telephone manner is very important as it is often a first and lasting impression of who you are. Whether answering a call or making one, be sure to do the following things to ensure you are coming across pleasant, polished and professional at all times. Included a greeting; introduce yourself and the purpose of… Read more »

Nanny Year End Tax Tips

For today’s nannies, getting ready for tax time can be daunting. Sorting through a mountain of paperwork is a most unwelcome chore to anyone with work commitments and family obligations. Whether you do your taxes personally or simplify your life by using a professional accountant, you must collect, sort and organize the required documents.

The following tips will help ease the stress of tax season.

1. Locate the necessary forms and papers and store them together in a file folder or envelope. Your folder should include:

Hiring Grandma as the Nanny

Question:
I have a 1 year old daughter. I started work a month ago and I’m leaving my baby with my mom. I want to pay her $400 monthly …she didnt wanto to accept any payment but we agreed on that amount. Does my mom have to count that income for taxes? Can I claim her pay as a childcare expense? Should I hire her as a nanny? Do I have to apply for a business number?

Should You Pay Your Nanny For A Snow Day?

So, here’s the situation: a severe snow storm swoops through for two days, many of the streets are out of the question to travel on and quite a few businesses don’t even open due to the inclement weather. You and your husband, were able to get to work. Your nanny, of about three months now, called to tell you that she attempted to get to your house, to no avail – there were road closures in every direction. The streets were terrible and she would not make it to work, so you quickly call your niece, who lives down the street, and ask her to step in as the nanny for the day.

Have you filed your Nanny’s T4 yet?

If you employed a nanny in 2010, their T4 slip is due on February 28, 2011 which is today.

Here are some tips to help you get started if you haven’t done so.

Organize your payroll records and your Statements of Account for Current Source Deductions.
You will need to file a T4 Return for each nanny that you employed in 2001 and you will need to file a T4 Summary Return for yourself as the employer.

Nannies on Call Toronto Launches Full-Time Placements

Toronto, November 3rd, 2010 – Still looking for your very own SuperNanny? Hold onto your hat, Mary Poppins: Nannies on Call announced a new milestone for their Toronto office today. Extraordinary Nannies – previously only booked for the company’s on call babysitting service – will now be available via Nannies on Call Placements for full-time, live-out positions across the GTA.