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Samantha M. - Seeking Work in Chicago

17.14 / hour

For the last four years I have been working with people of all ages who have mental and physical handicaps. Most of my experience has been as a camp counselor and as a babysitter for children with ADD/ADHD, autism, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and or muscular dystrophy. I was also a Sunday school teacher for handicap children ages four to 10. I love working with all children, however, most of my experience is with handicap children. Over the past two years I have also works for my Aunt who has two girls ages 14 months and 3 years old. The skills that I have acquired over the years are: setting a schedule, bathing, changing diapers, bottle feeding, and giving medication. I am certified by the American Red Cross in CPR for adults and children as well as standard first aid. I love working with children because they are innocent in nature, honest, brilliant and creative. I am currently a student in Chicago studying to get a Bachelors of Science in nursing in order to become a Neonatal nurse. In my free time I enjoy swimming, going to museums, and exploring Chicago. Also, summer(2011) I was a full time nanny for a single mother. I took her seven year old daughter on many fun adventures in the city such as free concerts/movies in the park and a few trips to crown fountian on extra hot days.
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What are some common responsibilities for nannies in Chicago, IL?

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 Chicago’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 Chicago 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 Illinois?
  • Do you own a car? Do you have work experience in Chicago?
  • 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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