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We had a great time and learned a lot at the first Baby Sitting 101 class on Saturday. Renee Sollock from the Austin Nanny Academy led an informative session that educated both new and veteran nannies on a host of issues, including:

  • Communicating effectively with parents
  • Ensuring a safe household (e.g. fire safety, home safety, poison control)
  • Changing diapers, bottle feeding and other newborn needs
  • Keeping the kids engaged, happy and healthy
Baby Sitting 101 Diaper Changing

Renee Sollock from Austin Nanny Academy at the diaper changing station.

Participants started with a taco breakfast, then listened to a presentation from Sollock before heading to three different stations to practice:

  • Making creative snacks
  • Changing diapers and bottle feeding
  • Creating a “Boo Boo Bunny,” an adorable little bunny that holds ice for boo boos, which each participant took home.

Attendees also included two girls, ages 12 and 13, preparing to become sitters and mothers

Class Giveaways for Austin Nanny Academy Babysitting 101

Each attendee also received a notebook, first aid kit and colorful bag.

helpers. “I attended another class last year, and this was a lot better,” said Piper, age 12. “Everything was real organized and I feel ready now. And I liked the Boo Boo Bunny a lot.”

Next at the Austin Nanny Academy…

The Newborn Care Class will be held this Saturday, March 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This class is designed for current nannies who desire more specialized training. Many families look for nannies who have expertise in certain areas. This class will cover everything from nursery necessities to breastfeeding, infant sleep and nanny ethics. Sollock explained the importance of learning to navigate the nanny/employer relationship. “Being a nanny is a very personal job and you’re part of someone’s family,” she said. “However, there are certain boundaries that cannot be crossed. Finding that balance is the key. And when it’s found, everyone is happy.”

Nannies from the Heart will provide breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and lunch at noon. Classes will be held at Soma Vida located at 2324 Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78702. Online enrollment is now open!

Nannies from the Heart is excited to announce the launch of nanny workshops and classes through a partnership with the Austin Nanny Academy!

“We’ve been waiting a long time to be able to do this and do it right, and this academy is truly a wonderful resource for new and veteran nannies, as well as young people starting out in babysitting,” said Rebecca D’Amico, Nannies from the Heart owner. She said the agency will be noting completed courses on its nanny applications, and that will give parents and added level of comfort knowing that these nannies are striving to expand their knowledge of childare. “We will highly encourage NH nannies to attend relevant classes to expand their knowledge,” she said.

Austin Nanny Academy Renee Sollock

Renee Sollock

Renee Sollock founded the Austin Nanny Academy in the summer of 2015 to provide a place for nannies to acquire the skills needed to appropriately meet a child’s physical, mental and emotional needs. Sollock began her career in the childcare industry in 1989 and has worked as a preschool teacher, nanny, household manager and governess. She earned a degree in child development in 1990 and is a certified Newborn Care Specialist. “A nanny with the proper tools and information can challenge and empower the child,” Sollock said. “Creating a safe place for a child creates trust. Behavior challenges tend to decrease when a child trusts their caregiver. Being educated about the child will offer the nanny the opportunity to give him or her what is truly needed.”

Austin Nanny Academy Babysitting 101Sollock will facilitate two classes in the upcoming weeks. Babysitting 101 will be held on Saturday, February 27, from 9 a.m. to noon. This class is geared toward 12 to 16-year-olds and is a fun, interactive way to learn or review babysitting basics. Students will leave with lots of goodies made during the class including a magic bag, first aid kit and a boo-boo bunny. Interactive stations will include diapering, bottle assembly, swaddling and healthy snack preparation.

Austin Nanny Academy Newborn CareThe Newborn Care Class will be held the following week on Saturday, March 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This class is designed for current nannies who desire more specialized training. Many families look for nannies who have expertise in certain areas. This class will cover everything from nursery necessities to breastfeeding, infant sleep and nanny ethics. Sollock explained the importance of learning to navigate the nanny/employer relationship. “Being a nanny is a very personal job and you’re part of someone’s family,” she said. “However, there are certain boundaries that cannot be crossed. Finding that balance is the key. And when it’s found, everyone is happy.”

Nannies from the Heart will provide breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and lunch at noon both days. Classes will be held at Soma Vida located at 2324 Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78702. Online enrollment is now open!

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