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Elizabeth C. - Seeking Work in Westbrook

11.11 / hour

I babysat for several families throughout high school for children as young as 3 months and as old 10, and for families as large as 4. During a summer in college, I nannied for a 2-3 year old boy named Aiden who had severe allergies, and thus had a very limited diet. Although this was quite challenging because I was forced to make very specialized meals and monitor any toys/nature/any material that he encountered and may have touched, it was incredibly rewarding to watch such a child grow and experience new things despite his limitations. Also, I am a full-time middle school teacher in a high-performing middle school in suburban CT and will bring my education expertise to this job.
Michelle  C. - Seeking Work in Westbrook

15.00 / hour
Full-time hours
9 yrs of experience

Hello, My name is Michelle and I’m 29 almost 30 years old. I live in a small town on the beach, Westbrook. I have worked with children for 13 years. When I was 16 I started babysitting, I babysat for many families in my town. I worked at a daycare for two years when I was 20. I learned many new things about children that I didn’t know. I learned how to multitask, how to take care of up to eight infants at a time. I learned how to talk to children at different ages so they would understand and listen better. I learned different techniques to potty train. After two years there I became a nanny for three years to a wonderful family. I started with them when the youngest was six months old and the oldest was one and a half. I taught them both how to be potty trained, how to hold utensils, everything they needed to know to get to kindergarten. I took them to play groups, swim lessons, park and rec. After the children went to kindergarten I was no longer needed so I went back to a daycare and this was probably the best experience I ever had. I took a few classes (sign language, nutrition, early childhood 101, special needs). I worked in every room the first year and a half after that I became head teacher for pre-k. I had to memorize the requirements for kindergarten and teach them Spanish words, how to write their name and recognize their name. The children had to know all the numbers up to 20 and recognize tham and same as letters. After four years of being There I decided to go back to being a Nanny. For the last two years I have worked with a family. I have helped with two wonderful children. I brought them to dr. Appointments, parks, library, play dates. I make sure that their laundry was all done and put away. Organized the house from kitchen to bedrooms. Always made sure the dishes were done and put away. Bottles were sterilized and put away. If anything was empty I would fill it up. I potty trained the kids. Got them ready for preschool, we loved to do art projects, read books, use their imagination. If we couldn’t go outside we would always make time to use our energy like dancing, yoga. Working with children is one of the most amazing jobs out their. It’s such a warming feeling when you watch them grow. It’s a rewarding job when I get to come home and feel proud of myself because the child reached his/her goal
Michelle C. - Seeking Work in Westbrook

22.85 / hour
Full-time hours

I started babysitting for family when I was 15. When I turned 17 I started to babysit for family friends. I worked in a day care for the first time when I was 20 and I stayed there until 23 and after that I became a nanny for a little girl and boy. I loved being a nanny. When I was no longer needed there I worked in two more daycares and the daycare I am at right I have been there for three and a half years
 
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What are some common responsibilities for nannies in Westbrook, 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 Westbrook’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 Westbrook 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 Westbrook?
  • 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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