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Emily M. - Seeking Work in Ragland

14.28 / hour
Full-time hours

January 2007 - August 2007 I worked as a nanny for a family in Cincinnati, OH. January through May, I was part time, picking the two girls (ages 4 and 8) up from school, preparing after school snacks and dinner, helping with homework, bathing, and playing. June 2007 - August 2007 I worked full time, living with them. I prepared meals, took girls to zoos, parks, bible schools, museums, etc; helped oldest with school-related work, played, supervised, dressed, bathed, did general housekeeping, arts and crafts, and so on. I left this job due to a change in my academic goals and location. Previous to this, throughout high school and college, I babysat regularly. The children ranged in ages from newborn through eleven. I spent an entire summer babysitting a six year old girl. I have also been in charge of my twelve year old niece and nine year old cousin on numerous occasions. My nine year old cousin lived with us for several months, in which I helped care for her. I also have lots of experience working with children in general through church work and piano lessons. I have helped out with vacation Bible schools, Sunday schools, and bus ministries. I currently am in charge of the children's church at my church. As a senior in high school, I gave piano lessons to approximately fifteen to seventeen students. For seven months I also worked at a youth shelter caring for children / teens ranging in ages from eight to eighteen. I changed jobs because a nanny position became available in my area. I worked for this family of two children, ages 8 and 11, boy and girl, from May 2008 until August of 2009. The reason I left this position was due to the family no longer being in need of childcare due to financial circumstances. I currently am employed as a nanny with a family of two small boys, ages 1 and 3. The family I work for is great, but I am looking for something better paying. I also do various babysitting on the side (including my newborn cousin).
 
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What are some common responsibilities for nannies in Ragland, AL?

As a parent, it’s natural for you to ask your nanny for a little extra help around the house. However, the boundaries for a nannies duties vary from person to person. In general, a nanny is responsible for making sure your children’s needs are met. This includes things like ensuring they have opportunities to play and be active, that they have a healthy diet and a sanitary home. When tasks go beyond child care, for example scrubbing kitchen counters, folding laundry, gathering groceries, or teaching a language, you will likely need to provide additional compensation.

How can I ensure I have a great relationship with my nanny?

To start, it’s important you set expectations and are aligned on compensation from day one. This includes outlining vacation days, a protocol for sick days, and everything else you would want your own employer to cover. From here, spend time getting to know them. Take your nanny out one of Ragland’s great restaurants, learn about their childhood, and discuss your parenting philosophy. Finally, be sure to resolve conflicts as they arise. Open communication is crucial to ensuring a healthy long-term relationship.

Questions to ask prospective Ragland Nannies:
  • Have you been a nanny previously? How long did your employment last?
  • Are you trained in First Aid or CPR?
  • How would you handle a situation where our child began choking?
  • How do you handle tantrums? Can you share an experience disciplining children?
  • What sort of household tasks are you open to doing?
  • Are you open to a live in arrangement?
  • Do you plan to work for our family over multiple years?
  • Do you have a driver's license in Alabama?
  • Do you own a car? Do you have work experience in Ragland?
  • How flexible are you on weekends and evenings?
  • What salary are you seeking? Are you comfortable being paid by direct deposit?
  • Are you able to help with food preparation?
  • What could you cook for a child aged 2-5? Do you know how to make baby food?
  • Are you comfortable facilitating play dates?
  • Have you ever potty trained a child before?
  • Have you worked with newborns? Do you know how to change a diaper and prepare formula?
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