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Barbara S. - Seeking Work in East Lyme

17.14 / hour
Full-time hours

In Brazil, April of 2011, I started a volunteer job in a municipal daycare center. I was responsible for 21 children, ages 2 and 3 years old, each with disabilities. Some were more calm than others, but they were generally polite and affectionate. My responsibilities at the daycare were feeding, bathing, cleaning up, putting the kids to sleep, and entertaining them with stories and games. On May 7th 2012, I started an Au Pair program. I was taking care of two children, 3 years old twins (one boy and one girl); they are really sweet and energetic. During this year, my responsibilities were feeding, (I prepared their meals, breakfast and lunch, and occasionally dinner), as well as cleaning up, putting them to sleep, down for nap time, and sometimes during the night. I liked entertaining them with games and stories. I also helped them with their speech, like teaching new words, colors, animals and letters. When they were 2 and a half years old, they were successfully potty trained; they learned it fast, and in less than one month they were leaving their diapers. In January, we were in the moving process (from Charlottesville to Jeannette), and I was very helpful for the family during this time. In May, 2013, I moved to Branford, CT, where I was living with a different host family. I was also taking care of twins, but both boys, 2 years old. My responsibilities were feeding, bathing, playing, cleaning up, laundry, taking them for walks, and helping them with their speech. I have good references from my last jobs
 
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What are some common responsibilities for nannies in East Lyme, CT?

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 East Lyme’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 East Lyme 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 Connecticut?
  • Do you own a car? Do you have work experience in East Lyme?
  • 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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