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Jayme K. - Seeking Work in Lyme

22.85 / hour
Full-time hours

I worked for Susan for 5 years in Gulfstream, Florida. I provided Susan with a reliable, dedicated, trustworthy and caring service. I not only babysat for Susan and her three wonderful kids (Hunter- 3 mo, Wils- 5 yrs and Finch- 7 yrs by the time I left) but I also took great care of her dog Wrigley. When they went away on vacations I took Wrigley to my apartment and cared for him weeks at a time. I also babysat the kids on several overnight occasions while the parents were away. I would cook for them, clean after them, drive them places and play with them. Besides caring for her children, I also cleaned Susan's house whenever possible. I did laundry, dishes, vacuumed, swept, made beds, cleaned up toys... basically whatever was needed to make the house sparkle! I became apart of Susan's family to the extent where I would go over there to help out with laborious tasks when she was remodeling her home. She called me on many last minute jobs, and I was always there, not a minute late. The reason I left was because I had to move back to Connecticut to help my mom with the mortgage. I transferred schools and am now looking for work. Susan encourages her willingness to speak with or write to anyone who inquires for my reference. Susan's family will truly be missed. I also have many more references upon request who live here in CT. I have many families I babysit for who need someone here and there, but I am looking for a full time reliable position. I babysat for Emily , one of Susan's friends, for 2 years. She has two twin spunky girls, (Anna and Jessica- 6 years by the time I left). Emily would have me pick her girls up from school, drive them to their after school activities, as well as to the movies, or mini golf. Emily would have me tutor her girls in English and Math. I would also do many fun arts and crafts projects with them- we made many hand made presents for the family! Bruce and Emily invited me to move to Texas to live with them and nanny full time, however I had to move back to Connecticut to be with my mom instead. Emily also expressed that she would be more than happy to speak with anyone for my reference.
 
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What are some common responsibilities for nannies in 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 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 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 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?