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Whitney  Heier 
    - Seeking Work in Santa Cruz

20.00 / hour
7 yrs of experience

I have been working with kids either as a nanny, babysitter, camp counselor or as a marriage and family therapist intern for almost two decades. I have a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. I am trained in child development and child psychology. I am also a full time mother of a 7 month old. I consider this to be my most in depth training of all.
I believe that forming secure attachment in children is one the most important aspects of parenting and nannying. Children need responsiveness and ample amounts of love and attention. I believe that if a child is not cooperating or behaving in the way a childcare provider would like them to, it is because the child is trying to communicate a physical or emotional need that should be met. When children are approached with understanding and respect they feel empowered and therefore cooperative.
I also have extensive knowledge in nutrition and food allergies and limitations. I am well versed in veganism, vegetarianism, paleo, autoimmune paleo, gluten free diets. I worked as a personal chef for three years and I am practiced at cooking for a family.
Amy Weeks
    - Seeking Work in Santa Cruz

10.00 / hour
< 1 yr of experience

I'm great with kids, also I love to teach the kids new things. If I can I want to help them learn more about how the world works and about those that have less then they do and to always give back to the community when they can.
Jeremiah Dickinson
    - Seeking Work in Santa Cruz

11.00 / hour
< 1 yr of experience

I love working with kids im only 15 but i have alot of experience with littler kids i used to watch my little cousins alot and i no what kids need im good with support fun and i no how to the descalate a situation pretty well.
Citlallin Buelna
    - Seeking Work in Santa Cruz

10.00 / hour
< 1 yr of experience

I have worked at a preschool before. I have taken Early Childhood Education classes and I am now student teaching at the preschool at Cabrillo College and I am moving my way up.
Amanda Bloomfield
    - Seeking Work in Santa Cruz

20.00 / hour
Full-time hours
2 yrs of experience

Jenna Heller
    - Seeking Work in Santa Cruz

10.00 / hour
< 1 yr of experience

I love kids so much. I just love how adorable and lovable they are. I am willing to do anything they like to entertain them such as: drawing, reading, painting, playing and fun crafts. I am very patient, organized, kind, and caring.
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What are some common responsibilities for nannies in Santa Cruz, CA?

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 Santa Cruz’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 Santa Cruz 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 California?
  • Do you own a car? Do you have work experience in Santa Cruz?
  • 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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