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Melissa L. - Seeking Work in Smartsville

22.85 / hour
Full-time hours

My name is Melissa xx. I was born and raised in Minnesota. While I was in Minnesota I volunteered about four (sometimes five) days a week at my church. I was the “go-to lady” for childcare at our church. Some of these events that I frequently provided childcare services for would include: -Sunday Service *I would be at the church around 7:00am to clean up the nursery and prepare all of the craft supplies for the preceding services. *From 9:00am until 12:00pm I would be responsible for all volunteers (ensuring that they were all performing their tasks responsibly), as well as all of the children. I would make sure that all of the children were clean, comfortable, and safe. We would have play time, craft time, snack time, and for some, nap time. *I would then return the children to the correct parental guardian and communicate with the parent (or guardian) if there were any issues that we had faced in order to work on those things in the future. -Childcare for Bible Studies *I was at the church twice a week to watch any children (0-5 years old) that parents would bring to the church. These services would include; appropriate movies, crafts, snacks, and play time. I typically was caring for 5-10 children depending on the week. -Childcare for xx program *The xx program would occur once a week and was set in place to assist people in overcoming any addictions that they face in life. I would be responsible for all children (0-5 years old) during this time. The services would include; appropriate movies, crafts, snacks, and play time. I typically was caring for 10-20 children each week (with a supervisor to check-in every thirty minutes). I was never seen around church without a baby in my hands! Children are my passion!!! I find that I enjoy my life much more when I have a baby in my hands. On top of my childcare services that I offered at my church, I also was a babysitter, or nanny, for various families in Minnesota. Some of these positions would include; -Once a week “Date Night” *I was a nanny for two little boys, once a week, for 6 hours at a time. This was a time for their parents to go out on dates without little ones underfoot. I would be responsible for providing exciting play time, preparing healthy meals, bath time, reading time, and then putting the little ones to bed. I continued this nanny job, while I was in high school, for three years (then my family and I moved to a different state). -Weekend Nanny *I was a nanny every weekend for three little girls. My responsibilities were to provide safety (and a fun environment for the children) for the children, animals, and home while the parents were working weekend shifts. I was at their house every-other weekend. I would provide games, crafts, play-time, three meals (and snacks), morning routines, as well as bedtime routines for these three children. I continued this routine for one and a half years. -Miscellaneous Babysitting Jobs *I would also babysit children (almost every night for various families) for families that had requested for me to do so. These would be times when parents needed to run errands, go on dates, and etcetera. I would play with the children and get them ready for bed. After gaining much experience in Minnesota as a nanny/babysitter, I enrolled in college. I became a full-time student at Trinity Bible College in North Dakota. I was a hard worker throughout college! I graduated with two Bachelor’s degrees, as well as an Associate’s degree (BA in Intercultural Studies, BA in Biblical Studies, and an AA in General Education) in only three years! While being a full-time student I was also a full-time employee as a Certified Nursing Assistant at the local nursing home. I continued this position for two and a half years. On top of that I was the Student Body President for my senior year of college (organized events as well as ensuring that the student body’s voice was heard). Along with those tasks, I would also babysit and nanny whenever I possibly could (it made me happier to be around children!). I was an interim nanny for a two-month old boy when his daycare was closed for a month. I was responsible to care for him from 7:00am until 4:00pm (which is when I would leave for my Nursing Home work). Upon graduating, I have moved out to Smartsville, CA to live with my parents and to help them out on our ranch. My parents are caretakers of a Sporting Estate in Smartsville. I am currently helping them (on my own time) with maintaining the lodge, and the property that we live on.
 
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What are some common responsibilities for nannies in Smartsville, 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 Smartsville’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 Smartsville 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 Smartsville?
  • 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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