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Ellen D. - Seeking Work in Des Moines

Hourly rate22.85 / hour

Over the years I have worked with a number of families, caring for children ages 3-13. From early morning wake-ups to get the kids ready for school, to 10 hour all day care. The longest I worked with a family was from approximately 2003-2010 as a high school (and later college) babysitter. The family had twins and an older sibling. I often cared for an additional 3 children of similar age when babysitting for this family (friends of the kids). In 2008, I spent three months volunteering at a college preschool with 12-16 children ages 2. 5-3. 5, as part of a Child & Adolescent Development course. I also have eight nieces and nephews under the age of 13 to keep me on my toes whenever I visit!
Deana L. - Seeking Work in Des Moines

Hourly rate8.57 / hour

I have been babysitting since I was ten. I was also a lifeguard for two years. I have babysat for a family with up to four kids. I have babysat tripplets since they were born up until they were two. I have been babysitting/nannying for about 14 years now for relatives and families around my hometown. I have taken childcare courses, learned about childhood development in college and from personal experience. I am currently an LPN and will be taking boards soon to become a Registered Nurse.
Lynda P. - Seeking Work in Des Moines

Hourly rate7.61 / hour

I am the oldest of 5 children. I have been babysitting since I was about 12 years old. I was the oldest kid in my neighborhood so I babysat a lot of kids in my neighborhood ranging from infant-10 years old. I had a nanny position for 1 year for a family with a 9 year old and a 12 year old. I am a certified nurses aid and have been for 3 years in June of 2013. All of my C.N.A work has been with children. I have done home care, skilled development and worked as an aid on the "transitional care unit" for 2 years. I worked with children aging from infant-22 years old, all of which had varying physical and mental disabilities. I worked at a center for about 6 months with children aging from infants-4 years old.
Kelly W. - Seeking Work in Des Moines

Hourly rate20.00 / hour
Hours (full-time or not)Full-time hours

I have been working with children for as long as I can remember! I accepted my first babysitting job at the age of 11, and continued to work for many families in my hometown until I graduated from high school in 2000. During my 4 years of college, I worked, part-time, as a nanny/household manager for three separate families. In addition, I worked at Toys "R" Us as the Special Events Coordinator, planning and hosting all of the in-store events for the children of the community.
Sarah M. - Seeking Work in Des Moines

Hourly rate14.28 / hour
Hours (full-time or not)Full-time hours

I have worked with children ranging from infant to kindergarten for 10 years. I've worked mostly in child care centers and then after I was a nanny for 2 families. I have taken early childhood classes in high school including in school practicum experience. I am happy to take trips to parks, the library, zoo, swimming, etc. I love to do art activities, read and encourage self help skills and social skills also. Pets are no trouble, I have several myself! Working with children has always been what I've enjoyed doing and find most rewarding, particularly in being a nanny! Happy to answer any and all questions (:
Kelsey  R. - Seeking Work in Des Moines

Hourly rate17.14 / hour
Hours (full-time or not)Full-time hours

I have always had a passion for working with and taking care of children. I feel that the longer I am with a family, the better I can teach and help a child. Its better for them to feel comfortable around someone to open up and learn easier. Also, today's youth is tomorrow's future in my eyes, so why not help them grow!
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What are some common responsibilities for nannies in Des Moines, IA?

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 Des Moines’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 Des Moines 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 Iowa?
  • Do you own a car? Do you have work experience in Des Moines?
  • 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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