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Donna D. - Seeking Work in Rio Verde

14.28 / hour
Full-time hours

It's not just about loving children. Most people love children because they are precious, cute, funny and innocent little angels, except when they have to change a smelly diaper or clean up after them. :) As far as I'm concerned they are the best co-workers I've ever had! But understanding how they think, process new stimuli and react to the world around them is the key to a child's successful social and educational development. While it's true that it takes a village to raise a child, you would prefer your child not to be raised by someone who is not fully educated and/or does not have the hands-on experience to go along with the education. Here is my background in child development. (I have 78 credit hours with a psychology/human development/nutrition curriculum. Previously worked as day care teacher of 3 and 4 year olds for 1.5 years as a teenager. After I married 7 years, became a mom. Best job for me! Later became Asst. Director and later Director of preschool in Glendale, AZ when my son was 18 months old. Became a live-out nanny for 2 boys close to my son's age, for two years. I loved teaching children learning concepts using songs, musical instruments, toys, dancing, etc. I use updated teaching methods from experts in the field of child brain development. I also teach manners, by example. I specialize in infant development that enhances AND advances the emotional, physical and cognitive development of the child. I have worked with speech delayed, hearing impaired (signing) and medically fragile babies and toddlers due to birth-related issues. I have taken care of 9 sets of twins and co-nannied a set of triplets while also caring for their older, cardio-impaired sibling. It's not just a job for me. I get to be part of the group of caregivers, i.e., mom, dad, grandparents and other relatives and friends that helps shape a very young person into a wonderful, responsible, caring and loving adult to better our world.
 
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What are some common responsibilities for nannies in Rio Verde, AZ?

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 Rio Verde’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 Rio Verde 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 Arizona?
  • Do you own a car? Do you have work experience in Rio Verde?
  • 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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