What is a Nanny?
The International Nanny Association defines a nanny as one “employed by the family on either a live-in or live-out basis to undertake all tasks related to the care of children. Duties are generally restricted to childcare and the domestic tasks related to childcare. The nanny’s workweek ranges from 20 to 60 hours per week. The nanny usually works unsupervised, however a nanny can be a mothers helper in which the mother works from home. Nannies are expected to participate in the social, emotional, and intellectual development of their charges, and will work with the child(ren) on such areas as language development, fine motor skills, potty training, social manners, homework, and more.
Before applying for a nanny position, the candidate should ask herself the following questions to judge her suitability for the work:
1. Can you make a commitment of at least one year?
2. Are you flexible enough to adapt to change when things don’t go routinely and to perform childcare responsibilities according to the family’s rules?
3. Are you able to accomplish all required task, while not neglecting the child(ren)?
4. Are you patient? Can you handle 8-10 hours with a small child, perhaps with no other adult companionship? Are you reliable and trustworthy?
A nanny may work eight to ten hours per day, generally five days per week. A nanny will generally expect two consecutive days off weekly. A nanny may live in or live out. The nanny works under the minimal supervision of the family (adult members) and must be a self-starter, show sound judgment, be committed to the well-being of children, and be able to take initiative.
Nannies please note that you must be:
At least 18 years of age Certified in infant/child First Aid and CPR (or will certify within their first month of employment) Experienced with at least 1 or more years of verifiable childcare employment and or nanny or house management/personal assistant experience, or educational. Willing to support the parents around the home, light chores, meal prep, possible laundry, dusting when time, but tasks are not required
Genuine sensitivity to children and their needs, and a huge love and desire to nurture and educate children Childcare references to confirm that you have had no alcohol or drug related problems, and to discuss qualities you have with children, common sense, punctuality, patience, creativity, honesty, ect. A proof of a valid driver’s license and current auto insurance. Also willing to be fingerprinted if necessary.
A high school diploma or the equivalent The ability to make a 12 month commitment with a family Be a non-smoker Have fluency with the English language Have a legal right to work in this country without limits (ie. American citizenship or permanent resident status/green card)
You will be asked to complete the Application forms and the Authorization forms to do various background checks. Remember to include any first aid classes (if not current, getting updated is mandatory) or early childhood education courses By professional experiences, we are looking for long-term relationships, professional settings, non-family supervisors are the most desirable references. Teaching, camp counseling, nanny jobs, tutoring, and coaching are some examples.