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Nanny GPS: Become a Nanny

Being a nanny is a career that offers flexibility and the ability to work creatively and independently. Nanny jobs can be fun, hands-on, rewarding, challenging and well paid. Nannies already have experience working with children, and their families, and the salary you can command is directly related to your experience, the package on offer (live-in, use of car etc) and the country you are working in.

A nanny cares for children in the children's own home, providing them with meals, physical care and daily activities. The nanny might live in the home full-time or be an employee who is there only during the parents' absence. Nanny jobs can be full-time, part-time, live-in or live-out. The family are obliged to pay your tax and social security.

If you are organised and like working with children then a Nanny maybe a career option for you to consider.

How to Become a Nanny

There are things you will need to do in order to be qualified to become a nanny. my.nannygps.com provides you with excellent networking opportunities to find available jobs and with your qualifications you should be able to land interviews with multiple families that are looking for a Nanny. Following are some tips on how to get a Nanny job.

Tip 1: First Aid Training

Become CPR and First Aid Certified. Check out your local Red Cross website, or google First Aid training, can give you contact information on how to find an appriate CPR and First Aid class in your area. Many parents will want their Nanny to be certified and will require you to take a class after you're hired if you haven't done so already.

Tip 2: Cooking courses

Take basic home economics courses in school and cooking courses in vocational or adult education schools. As a nanny, you will prepare meals for the children and be responsible for their physical care.

Tip 3: Certified Nanny course

Consider attending a special school to become a certified nanny. You will stand out above minimally skilled nannies and be able to command a higher salary. Ask your state employment office for information or google nanny courses in your local area.

Tip 4: References

Ask your previous employers if you can use them as a reference. Ideally you should aim to have at least three childcare references. If you've babysat for families in the past, worked as an Au Pair or worked in a daycare or creche you should seek to use these as a reference. If you haven't worked formally with children before it may be worth considering taking an Au Pair position first to gain experience. You will soon discover if you want a job that requires you to spend each day with children.

Tip 5: Background Check

If possible within your country get a background check done on yourself. There are websites available that will ask you for a nominal fee. You can offer this to families that are looking for a nanny to save them time. Some families may still want to perform their own background check.

Tip 6: Create your profile

Before you create your profile you should spend some time thinking about your unique skills and goals if you want to find the nanny position that is right for you. The nanny jobs differ substantially depending on the family so a good place to start is to search through our database of nanny jobs to give you some ideas on what families are looking for.

Once you are clear on what you are looking for Create your profile and proactively search for families that are looking for a nanny in their area. Sign up and let other families find you in their own searches. This service is free for Nannies looking for a job. Unlike, many other Au Pair and Nanny sites your contact details are never shown on the Internet. You have full control over your personal contact information and can use the secure messaging system to provide this information to families once you are comfortable with them.

Tip 7: Apply for Jobs

Once you are registered, and logged in, you can proactively search through our database of families and their childcare jobs and directly apply for the jobs you are interested in.

Tip 8: Build a Relationship with the Family

It is important for the nanny and the family, generally the mother, to have a common understanding of goals and achievements. You want the mother to feel safe and assured by you.

Duties of a Nanny

There are many nanny positions out there with many different requirements depending on the priorities for the family.

By definition nannies, are versatile caregivers who are able to work with the family as their childcare partner. Families will have expectations of their nanny, so it is important to become familiar with the different types of duties, and roles, that many nannies fulfill. In general there are several types of nanny position that can be broadly classified into the following:

  • Live-in Nanny Positions

    A live-in nanny lives in the home of the employing family and works there full-time, usually about 50 hours a week over 5 days. There is generally a set routine per week. Sometimes the family may ask you to cover extra hours if they need to work late, or an emergency prevents them from getting home on time.

    Your employing family generally provides you with living quarters, usually a furnished room and in most cases a private bathroom. The family may provide you with a telephone and car, or an allowance for your own vehicle. Your duties may include reading to and playing with the children, getting them dressed in the mornings and ensuring their proper hygiene, preparing simple meals, doing their laundry, maintaining their play areas, and transporting them to and from school, activities, play dates and generally providing them with loving support. You generally have regular interaction with your employing family and maybe expected to provide regular feedback on the children's behaviour.

  • Full-Time Live-out Nanny Positions

    A full-time nanny has the same responsibilities as a live-in nanny, but does not live in the employer's home. Full-time nannies also have a set routine of generally 40-50 hours a week and will have to arrive at the employer's home in the morning and leave in the evening, usually when a family members returns home and can take over the care of the children. Time keeping is essential for live-out nannies and they need to arrive on time and should have reliable transportation. Generally, nannies that own their own cars will earn a higher salary if their car is needed for the job and they should also be provided a mileage allowance. Full-time nannies may also be asked to travel with the family on vacation and for work and you should specify when applying for the job when and if you would be wiling to travel.

  • Nanny Housekeeper

    A nanny housekeeper may have the same conditions and arrangements as either a live-out nanny or a live-in nanny, but they are expected to perform certain housekeeping duties while the children are at school or during naptime. If you are willing to also additional housekeeping work you should state this on your profile as you maybe a more desirable candidate. Generally a nanny housekeeper should receive additional pay for the additional house work they provide.

  • Part-Time Nanny

    Part-time nannies can have any number of different schedules determined by the needs of the family. Generally, the most popular are after school pick up of the children and working until s family member arrives home to take over the childcare needs. Part-time work can be 2 or 3 full days a week and weekend work. A part-time nanny has the same duties as a full-time nanny. Part-time nannies usually receive a slightly higher pay per hour than nannies working full-time, but with less perks and less job security.

  • Summer Nanny

    Summer nannies are hired for a single summer at a time and may receive a flat rate for the entire summer. Summer nannies care for children during the long summer break from school. Summer positions may be full or part-time, live-in or live-out.

Search our database today of childcare jobs to learn more about what our families are looking for. Create your own profile and start applying for jobs - it's easy to find your first, or indeed your next, nanny job on my.nannygps.com

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