Letter to families that may need the help of an experienced Nanny or Governess:
Thank you in advance for considering me for the position of being your Child's Nanny/Governess
(a Governess is the same thing as a Nanny, but has a college education usually in Early Childhood education-which is what I have). I am a mature woman that has spent my life taking care of and teaching children. I have 3 grown girls one is my biological daughter and the other 2 were adopted (they both were special needs children). we loved them as if the were are natural children. I have two grandson by them. My husband passed away 6 years ago and I have been being a full time Nanny/Governess for the past 5 years. I really love taking care of and teaching young children.
My thoughts or philosophy on Childhood development and the responsibilities of a Nanny/Governess:
Your children would be my highest priority, as mine were when I was raising them. Creating a safe, loving and nurturing environment is of the utmost importance to a child's growth and development. Giving a child food and care is not enoughâ€”they need to be engaged as much as their attention span will allow. I take a very holistic approach to caring for children, no matter how young they are when I start caring for them. Through singing, reading, games, arts and crafts, and play they learn the things that they need to know to reach their developmental growth. Even when they are too young to talk their minds are soaking in everything around them. I believe it is important to provide the following, every-day activities with your child to encourage brain development.
â€¢ Give the child lots of love and attention. No matter what a child's age, holding, hugging, and listening are important ways to show the child that they matter and thus developing a child's sense of security and well being. Interacting with a child by talking, singing, playing, eating, and reading to them will allow the child to grow up feeling special and important. Read, read, read. Research has shown that children who are read to by their parents or care givers have a larger vocabulary than other children. Reading also provides children with new perspectives about the world we live in. Limit TV time and video time to no more than 1-2 hours of educational viewing per day.
â€¢ A day in the life of an infant......At this age the child would require a lot of attention. And, of course, his or her physical needs should be metâ€”eating and diaper changing happen pretty often for an infant. A good routine is very important. The infant would need to be on a schedule for eating, napping, and interacting with his or her environment. He or she should be talked to, read to, sung to and held!
â€¢ A day in the life of a toddler.....At this age most children start to assert their independence- wanting to do everything for themselves. Even when it is much quicker to do it for them it is important to let the child try. When the child finds he or she can't do it the child is usually willing to let you help. It is important at this age for the child to be read to a lot, to have play toys that teach, and to have some form of one on one learning through play. They still need a lot of care to meet both their physical needs (feeding, dressing, napping, changing dippers), and their emotional needs satisfied ( lots of hugs, singing, dancing, playing games, talking to them are all still very important).
â€¢ When you are caring for more then one child - balance and experience are very important. Planning ahead to have time to give both children what each needs is very important. Getting their food prepared while they are happy is another way to avoid stress for the children as well as the parent or care giver . It is important to help your older child understand about taking turns with the parent and/or care-giver's time. Sometimes the older child may start to show signs of resentment or jealousy. This can be a frustration time for the older child. I find that letting the older child help in taking care of the younger childâ€”by telling the older child what a good helper he or she is helps the child feel part of the experience and not left out. You can give him or her little chores like getting a diaper or bring a blanket or favorite toy... anything that includes the child will help.
My experience with children age newborn through the teenagers is not limited to my own three children. Before I went back to college and receive my teaching degree, I was the Nanny for a three week baby boy until he was five years old and started kindergarten. I took care of him at the same time that I took care of my adopted daughter who was three months older than him. It was like having twins and I loved every minute of it. I also took care of my older daughter who was four years older than they were and his two older sisters after school.
My most recent experience with childcare has been taking care of two girls. Liza was about six months old and Carly was almost three when I started caring for them. They are both well-behaved and bright girls. Liza is now three and Carly will be six in November. Liza knows all her letters and the sounds of each letter, her colors, her shapes, numbers and can count and put puzzles together. Carly is reading chapter books and doing math far above her age level. Both girls love to sing, dance, play kick ball, dribble a basketball, draw, paint, pretend play with their animals, kitchen and do lots of arts and crafts. Liza is starting Pre-K, and Carly is starting kindergarten.
My disciplinary philosophy for children is to have consistent rules, rewarding good behavior, and having consequences for bad behavior. I would defer to the parents of the child for whom I was caring as to what those consequences should be. Time outs or quiet time work well for some children, but not others. Taking away a favorite toy, favorite stuffed animal or security blanket for a short period of time can also work. When the child is under 2 years of age, praising the child is usually enough of a reward for the child to want to please their parent or care giver. Modeling good behavior is also very important.
We can negotiate the price. My present salary is around $32,000 a year for a 40 hour work week. That works out to be a little over 15 dollars an hour. I have an Early Childhood degree from Mercer University.
Overall, I just love being with children. I love to do lots of activities with them. I make up games to help them learn their letters and sounds before they reach age 3. I love to do art projects and holiday crafts no matter what your religion may be I will do crafts that suit your belief system. I love to swim if your neighborhood has a pool. I have taught many children how to swim. I play soccer and other sports games with the girls when it is not too hot outside.
If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask.
June 29, 2009
To Whom It May Concern:
Bobbi has been my nanny since November of 2006. At that time, my daughters were three and six months. Now, my older daughter is a rising Kindergartner and my younger daughter is three and ready to start a morning preschool program.
Bobbi has done a wonderful job with my girls and if it weren'tâ€™t for the fact that they will be going to school in the fall, making it unnecessary for me to have full-time help, I would have hoped she stayed with us forever.
She is an excellent teacher. She is incredibly patient and has an unlimited number of ways to explain things that she is teaching. She makes up games to keep the girls interested. She was also very helpful in suggesting educational games and toys appropriate for my girlsâ€™ skill and age level. My older daughter was halfway through memorizing her sight words when other friends didn'tâ€™t even know what they were yet! She has also been working with math blocks and games for a year. She and Bobbi have worked quite a bit on her handwriting. She learned a lot in her Pre-K class, but she learned even more from Bobbi. I know that she is more prepared than most of her peers entering Kindergarten. Bobbi has also been dedicated and patient with my younger daughter, who has a MUCH shorter attention span. She seemed to just refuse to want to learn her colors. She was NOT interested! But Bobbi just kept with it, making up new games and crafts so that they could practice. Eventually, she got it! And now has fun. She and Bobbi worked on letter recognition until she knew every letter, and now have moved on to sounds. Every game that my little one wants to play now has to do with letter and sound recognition. She is very proud of herself!
Bobbi is extremely creative and loves thinking up crafts and art projects to do with the girls. They do lots of seasonal things and she is always teaching them a little bit of science or history with each different project. I have an entire shelf in my kitchen dedicated to their finished art!
My girls love to play outside when the weather is nice and Bobbi is always happy to go out with them. Whether itâ€™s bike riding in our cul-de-sac, or kicking a soccer ball around in the back yard, she is always ready and willing. We have a pool in our neighborhood and I am very thankful that Bobbi likes to swim and enjoys teaching the girls to swim. They do a lot of it in the warm weather and I know that the constant practice has helped my girls with their swim skills and confidence.
Bobbi is one of the most caring people I have ever met. I've never met a child who did not like her immediately. She has quite a rapport with all the children in our neighborhood and baby-sits for many of the families.
Having raised three daughters of her own and taught hundreds more, Bobbi has lots of knowledge and ideas about child rearing and is always willing to give ideas advice, but only when asked! She is not the kind of person who would ever tell a mom how to do her job!!
Bobbiâ€™s years as a teacher, her patient, caring nature, and her bubbly personality give her qualities that most caretakers canâ€™t compare with. I would recommend her to anyone looking for the perfect nanny.
Feel free to call me. Iâ€™d be happy to answer any questions about our time with Bobbi.