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HappyDad April 17, 2014 at 08:47 AM
I find your bashing of nannies to be a bit uninformed, as well as irresponsible. There are manyRead Morenan nies out there who are college educated child care providers, certified in education, CPR, First Aid, etc. To recklessly degrade professional nannies is callous and immature. Perhaps you should be a bit more forthcoming with your information. You state that, "Au Pairs pass a criminal background check, previous childcare references (not family members) & school have been agency-verified; if you want a background check for a Nanny, pay for it & check references yourself" - what is the charge for your company to provide this information? A good nanny will be able to provide references for you to contact, as well as a state background check available form the Office of the Attorney General. AS far as your rate of pay goes - $7.32 isn't even minimum wage! What's the fee to your company? Perhaps if your company was better to it's employees you wouldn't have issues that are so frequently associated with foreign au pairs - most of whom use the service as an opportunity to get to the US. Allow me to level the playing field for you a bit: http://www.wjla.com/articles/2013/11/bristow-au-pair-allegedly-wrote-about-murdering-children-96508.html http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2457&dat=19971017&id=IwpbAAAAIBAJ&sjid=GU4NAAAAIBAJ&pg=3279,602143 Finally, does the name Louise Woodward ring a bell?
Joan Law Lowell April 17, 2014 at 09:05 AM
Dear HappyDay, While I must admit that not every au pair is in the program for the culturalRead Moreexchang e experience, and some have given the term a bad name, no offense is intended with my post. Au pair childcare is simply a better option for many families. Naturally, some families are willing to do the "legwork" required when hiring privately, but our agency provides that as part of our service, as I'm sure you understand. Au pairs I have personally known have been happy with their family situations, staying up to two full years before returning home, or they have left them and moved to other host families where they were treated better or felt more appreciated. I do appreciate your reply and hope you have a great day! Best regards, Joan
Friends EG Library April 09, 2014 at 09:10 PM
Poetry Month! Celebrate at the East Greenwich Free Library: Saturday, April 12, 2-4pm with Poet Tom Read MoreChandler, and Thursday, April 24, 6-8pm ... with poets laureate Rick Benjamin and Lisa Starr. The evening program will include poetry reading and a wine and cheese reception. Call 884-9510 to reserve a seat, or just stop by! Have an original poem to share? Send it to friendseglibrary@gmail.com and will post it in our Poetry Corner (and perhaps read it aloud at an event). Support your library!