Hiring a Private Educator

From the start of our agency, we have always felt the need to push in home education with our Nannies and Families. As former Early Childhood Educators, we have seen firsthand just how important education is beginning in the infant stages of life all the way through to Kindergarten. Our owner, Kendra has spent close to 20 years dedicating her life to preparing 4 and 5 year olds for success in Elementary School. She has spent countless hours preparing a curriculum that our Nannies use with our client's children each day.

In light of recent events, we wanted to highlight another service that we offer. Many families have been leaning towards hiring a Private Educator to provide homeschool. There are so many reasons why hiring a Private Educator is a great idea for families! Here are just a few:

  1.  Not every child learns the same way: Take it from a former talkative, visual learning, hyperactive child who was smart, but not the best student. Sitting down in a classroom for long periods of time just may not be the best for your child. I know plenty of adults who can't sit down for long periods of time before getting antsy! Children are just like us (just smaller). With a Private Educator calling the shots, your child has the opportunity to take yoga breaks, exercise, and stretch without the stress of feeling like they are disrupting the class. Wouldn't it be nice to have a tailor-made curriculum created for whatever type of learner your child is?
  2. Safety:  We don't have to state the obvious. We are living in a very scary time. Although we do not advocate living your life in fear, we do support families taking action to create the safest learning environment possible for their children.
  3. Schedule: Many Private Educators are with your children for just 4-5 hours out of the day. Studies show that your children are able to digest more information and won't space out as quickly if they have had a more productive day and schedule. Many of our clients hire their Private Educator for just 5 hours a day. 
  4. Independence: Children are able to use their own perspectives and thoughts more independently. There isn't an agenda created for the child to think like everyone else. An independent thinker = a future leader!
  5. Additional Attention: Your child is able to receive one on one attention (even in a group setting with more than one sibling), which helps your child to focus on their studies.

Our Private Educators are certified, degreed teachers with backgrounds in curriculum and instruction. We have so many candidates who are willing and ready to work for your family. Contact us at 615-722-7698 to learn more! 

Why YOU should hire a nanny

Nashville is growing like crazy! 

According to local statistics, from 2010-2016 32,403 people moved to Nashville, TN. Nashville is expected to have 2.6 million residents by 2035! Williamson County grew by 7,433 people from 2015-2016. Rutherford County gained 9,828 that same year! Need a comparison? Memphis, TN only grew by over 800 people that same year! Families are coming from Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Washington D.C, and more!

The people who are moving to Nashville are from larger urban cities and consider Nashville to be a smaller, safer place to live and raise a family. Unfortunately, our preschools aren't growing as quickly as the population. Families are running out of places to take their youngest children to school. This is where hiring a nanny comes in.


There are so many advantages to hiring a nanny. What is a nanny? According to Webster’s Dictionary: A nanny is a person who is employed to care for a child in their own home. In major cities like New York and Los Angeles, having a nanny is extremely popular. As Nashville continues to grow, having a nanny will be considered a very normal childcare expense for many families. Below are a few reasons why having a nanny is a great investment for families in The Greater Nashville Area:

  • Your infant or toddler is less likely to get sick. Even the most sterile daycares deal sicknesses such as the flu, hand foot and mouth, the rotavirus, pink eye, and the respiratory syncytial virus. Having your child in their home environment decreases the risk of them getting sick and you missing work to take care of them (while still paying the daycare).
  • Your child gets one on one attention from your nanny. Even if you decided on a nanny share, your child is still receiving 50% of your nanny's attention as opposed to 10% in a daycare.
  • There are no waiting lists. If you're working with a nanny agency such as ours, we can begin sending you candidates to interview as early as two weeks!
  • You're INVESTING in a peace of mind. Your child is in your home with someone who is an extension of your family.

Hiring a nanny is a major investment. However, the advantages to having one are endless! If you have questions about what type of nanny works best for you and your family, give us a call and we can help answer your questions! 615-722-7698.

Sign Langauge for babies

Elite Nannies of Nashville is unique in many different ways. One thing that makes us different is the fact that we were preschool teachers for over half our lives. We have had the opportunity to help raise hundreds of babies, toddlers, and early preschoolers. We have what we like to call "receipts" as to what works when it comes to educating small children. Knowing what works and what doesn't work has served us well in having this nanny agency and serving the families in Middle Tennessee. One thing that we have considered a huge asset in educating children has been sign language.

We view sign language as a great resource! By saying and signing a word to a baby, it gives them the ability to communicate with you more effectively. Babies are extremely smart. They are retaining information at a rapid pace, and although they cannot tell you with words exactly what they want, being able to sign can ease any frustration on their part (and yours too!). Imagine feeding your six month old and having them tell you if they are full (all done) or if they are still hungry (more). Being able to communicate with your baby well into their toddler years saves both you and your child from misunderstandings and tantrums. It creates a more peaceful environment because everyone feels understood. Here are some tips for teaching your baby to sign:

  • Don't give up! We believe that you can start sign language as early as you would like. Be consistent. Sign as much as possible, and say the word while signing. You will more than likely begin to see your baby sign back to you between 6 and 8 months old. Don't underestimate the power of your baby's brain. They are retaining quite a bit of information! (This is why many people begin teaching their children a second language very early. It's the best time to learn new things!)
  • Pick 5-10 signs, and keep them in line with all of your baby's favorite things. Words like Mommy, Daddy, More, All done, Grandma, Grandpa, and Milk work perfectly! Add more signs as they get older. 
  • Get your nanny involved. The curriculum that we provide for our nannies has sign language made specifically for the nanny to do with your baby each day. It takes a village to raise a child, so why not bring in the reinforcements?! 
  • Praise your baby when you notice them signing! Imagine the confidence booster that this is giving your child at such a young age. Remember, the first 5 years of a child's life are the most important. A confident child will one day become a confident adult!

The results and benefits will be endless! Studies show that children who have been signing will learn to talk earlier, begin reading at an early age, and have a high IQ! If you are interested in learning more about baby sign language, and how we include it in our nanny curriculum, arrange a face to face meeting with us. We would be happy to sit down and talk to you about the benefits of having a nanny who can implement learning sign language into your child's day. 

Childcare for ALL: What type of childcare are you looking for?

We have the opportunity to speak with so many families about their wants and needs concerning care for their children. It can be hard to decipher exactly what you're looking for. Do you need a nanny? Is daycare or preschool more of your lane? Are you looking for a babysitter? We are here to break it down for you!



A babysitter is someone who helps your family out a few times a month. Most babysitters generally come over to your home and babysit your children so that you can have a date night, run errands, get some work done around the house, etc. The babysitter is there to entertain the children, play with them, and maybe even feed them a meal. She is usually paid cash and puts in a few hours for your family per year. Most families have a list of sitters they can call on. These are usually students/young adults who love kids and want to make a little extra money.

In-Home Care:

In-Home Childcare is a licensed person or persons who have chosen to open their home to a small number of children (the maximum number varies by state). In-Home daycares generally tend to offer cheaper options than preschools and nanny services. They are usually open during business hours and have the flexibility to provide care after hours and on the weekends.

Preschools/Daycare Centers:

Preschools and Daycares offer larger groups of children to come to a facility to learn and grow each day! Most offer 2/3/5 day a week programs and are generally open during business hours. Most preschools offer a larger adult to child ratio in a controlled environment. Mother's Day Out programs is in this category as well. Mother's Day Out programs tends to provide a shorter amount of hours for care.


A nanny is someone who comes to your home to nurture, care, and (in our case) teach your children on a regular basis. A nanny can be part time, full time, work overnight, and travel with your family. Nannies can work on the weekends as well! They are usually contracted to work with a family for a period of time. Nannies generally have the same schedule week to week, but can also be on call for more nontraditional families. Nannies are paid by the hour (by law) and are considered household employees. They fill out W2 forms and work the position as they would any other job. Nannies in Middle Tennessee generally charge anywhere from 10-25 dollars an hour. Nannies are CPR/First Aid certified, and usually carry the perks of having Early Childhood Education related degrees and certifications. 

Nanny Share:

Nanny share gives an opportunity for two families to use the same nanny.  A nanny comes to the host family's home and cares for the children there. Usually, a nanny share is used by families who are neighbors, friends, family, or co-workers. Both families pay 2/3 of the nanny's salary, and their children are able to take advantage of the socialization aspect that comes along with nanny share.

Have any questions about Nannies or Nanny Share? We would love to help! Call us at 615-722-7698 or email us at contact@elitenanniesofnashville.com.

Fun, Family, Fall Events!

Need a list of fun Fall events to do around town in the next week or two? We've compiled a little list of our favorites around town! Be safe, and have fun!

Sylvan Parks Moms' Club Fall Fest: Mccabe Park Community Center: We are one of the sponsors!


"Come join us for Fall Fest! This event has moved locations and will be bigger and better than ever! We will have face painting, balloon animals, inflatables, food trucks and more! This event is open to the public and FREE so share this event with your friends and family. Hope to see you there!" Find out more information here.

Boo Nashville- Nashville Shores: 

"Bring your little ghouls and goblins and enjoy our family-friendly Booville at Nashville Shores. Experience our hay bale maze, bounce houses, arts & crafts, costume contest, story time, trick-or-treat trail, games, Tennessee’s largest Frankenstein and more.

Tickets are just $9.99 plus tax per person and can be purchased online or at the gate." Find more information here.

Boo at the Zoo- Nashville Zoo:

"Nashville’s littlest ghosts and goblins are invited to don their favorite costume for Boo at the Zoo. Join us for 10 nights of delightfully frightful fun during our annual Halloween tradition! Tickets include: games, entertainment, carousel rides, hayrides, trick-or-treating and more." Find more information here.

12 South Farmers Market Harvest Festival: 

"Bring the little ones out for our non-candy trick or treating! Our vendors will have goodies for your little ghouls and goblins! Maybe some stickers, pencils, vampire teeth, or even some veggies! See you next week, October 31st from 3:30 to 6:30pm!" Find more information here.

Nanny Share

Nashville has blossomed into one of the most "it" cities in the Nation! It has been said that there is an average of 85 people moving to this beloved city per day! We have been meeting with families from Los Angeles, New York City, Washington D.C, Chicago...you name it, they are moving here! East Nashville, Sylvan Park, 12 South have all seen an enormous amount of growth in the last few years. Our gorgeous suburbs, Franklin, Brentwood, Nolensville are building more communities to house even more beautiful families. Families are moving to Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Cane Ridge, Mt Juliet, Hermitage...the list goes on and on.

The Greater Nashville Area is full of amazing private preschools, Mother's Day Out programs, and even in home daycares. Unfortunately, the schools cannot go up fast enough. Preschools are forced to have a waiting list, and Parents are panicking because they don't have a place to bring their children each day. That's where having a nanny can be a saving grace for so many families in a booming city. Having a nanny tends to pinch your pockets more than the typical daycare or preschool. However, when you are in a bind, you do have options!


I first heard about Nanny Share when I was working as a director of a private preschool. Two of the families I toured were on our waiting list but desperately needed to go back to work. They hired one nanny and she cared for both of the families children. The children were able to utilize socialization skills and enjoy the personal attention that only a nanny can give. A nanny share is great because families pay 2/3 of a nanny's rate (more economical for the families!), and the nanny is able to bring home enough money to keep up with our growing economy. Everyone is a winner! The best part of our nanny share program is that we provide curriculum for your nanny to do with your children! We are the only nanny agency that offers this particular program. We'll blog more about our curriculum soon!

Have questions about Elite Nannies of Nashville's nanny share program? Email us