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Katie T. - Seeking Work in Des Plaines

17.14 / hour
Full-time hours

I have had several years of experience working with children of various ages, from birth to school aged children. I have also completed my associate's degree in Early Childhood Education. While obtaining my degree, I had an outstanding experience student teaching in a Preschool classroom while I perfected the ability to plan and implement developmentally appropriate activities covering a multiple of learning areas. I was a live in nanny for a family in Long Grove for 5 and half years, responsible for the care of two young boys. In addition to arranging play dates, preparing lunches, planning outings, and selecting extracurricular activities, I also developed and implemented a thematic curriculum, for the children I cared for, that involved a variety of developmentally appropriate activities based on our current weekly theme. I do prefer home based care over being in a classroom environment. I feel that it is beneficial for children to receive one on one attention, yet still grow socially with their peers. I do have ownership of a vehicle and am very comfortable driving with children, if needed. I do have my CPR and First Aid certifications that I renew on a yearly basis.
Jillian C. - Seeking Work in Des Plaines

22.85 / hour

Hi there! My name is Jillian. I am 24 years old and I am currently living in the Northwest suburbs. I have an associates degree in arts from Harper College and I just completed my associates in nursing as well. I hope one day to be a pediatric nurse or neonatal intensive care nurse and hopefully continue my education beyond being an associates RN to get my Bachelor's degree. I will be a certified RN through Illinois once I take my boards and I am CPR certified for adults, children and infants. I also will soon be getting my NRP (neonatal resuscitation program) and PALS (pediatric advanced life support) certifications within the next month which pertain specifically to child and infant life support. In getting my RN degree I have had extensive experience with many types of diseases and illnesses. My final clinical where I worked 20-30 hours a week was based in Labor & Delivery and postpartem/newborn nursery which has allotted me exponential experience with newborns that I hadn't previously had. I have also worked in retail and restaurant/bar jobs which has provided me with a lot of life experience and excellent interpersonal skills, but honestly prefer babysitting/nannying over either. I have quite a lot of experience with all ages of children because I babysit for a family including six kids for the past six years. When I began babysitting for them there were only five children with the last on the way and the second youngest was about 6 months old. This gave me the opportunity to work with kids of all ages from infant through preteen as this year the oldest will be turning 13. I also dealt with one of the children who has a severe peanut allergy and uses an EpiPen in cases of exposure and I have a bee allergy and am familiar with using an EpiPen and proper usage. Learning to multitask and juggle activities for all six children has been a great learning experience. I've done diapers and potty training and through working with this family I have gotten the opportunity to do single date nights out and over night babysitting for as long as 8-10 days at a time. I have also babysat for multiple other families on an as needed basis in a range of different ages. I was volunteering once a week (or as my schedule allowed) at Ronald McDonald House in Chicago and I love every minute of it. I honestly love kids and I think it's because sometimes I need them to remind me that life doesn't have to be so serious all the time. I love that I can be a kid for a while while pretending I am a teacher playing school, or that we are trying to avoid hot lava in the living room. I also understand though, thanks to handling six kids, that sometimes you have to put your foot down and follow rules set by parents or risk getting walked all over. At the end of the day, nothing puts a bigger smile on my face than teaching one of the kids something new, or the look on their face when they make me belt out with laughter at a joke they just told me. In the past I have been in charge of taking kids to and from activities, assisting them with homework, practicing sports, and helping them wind down for the night. To assist the parents I've done some household laundry, dishes, picked up after the kids, enforced chores (as desired by the parents), done light cleaning, and made meals for the kids. I like to feel comfortable in the home and therefore am sure to do my part in keeping things tidy and livable. I am very flexible and do my best to adhere to the parents wishes when babysitting while using my own good judgement when situations arise and parents are not available. I look forward to hearing from you! Open to single time sitting, short term, and long term opportunities.
Kaycee J. - Seeking Work in Des Plaines

14.28 / hour
Full-time hours

I have many many years of experience nannying for family of mine 2 children i have raised since they have been young, basically infants. I also have babysat for 2 years for a very wonderful family that had two children that were ages 5, and 6. It was over the summer, and then i also picked them up from school when it resumed and would do many different activities with them. During the summer i would also take them out to eat, bring them swimming, play games with them, and make their days fun. We also would watch movies, i would clean up around the house,and teach them new things.I also have a one and half year old son who is everything to me! He is very well behaved, smart and adorable. I love children and being a mother!
Camille J. - Seeking Work in Des Plaines

14.28 / hour
Full-time hours

I started babysitting when I was 12 years old and became so fond of it I decided to make working with kids a career. I love playing board games, coloring and arts&crafts, going to the park, and my new all-time favorite, building snowmen in the winter. I always keep a clean house, I may sometimes even do laundry. I am comfortable with meal preparation, homework and making sure kids go to bed on time. I will generally ask kids to help me clean up before mom and dad come home because I know how stressful it can be to come home to a disaster. I am First Aid, CPR & AED certified. I have also had lifeguard training, though my certification is expired. I plan to renew that once I can afford it, but rest assured, your child is safe with me.
Liz F. - Seeking Work in Des Plaines

11.42 / hour

I have been babysitting since I was a teenager for various sized families and children of all ages and cognitive function. I have taken pediatric courses, completed two 12 week pediatric clinical rotations in physical therapy, am CPR certified and have had criminal background checks run for the past three years for graduate school. I love taking children on trips to fun places such as the zoo, museums, etc, completing arts and crafts projects, reading, puzzles, playing sports and outdoor activities and am able to help with homework as well.
Barbara L. - Seeking Work in Des Plaines

22.85 / hour

I have been babysitting since I was 13 years old, I was a Leader in training at a xx camp for two years. I have taught swim lessons for children from infancy up through adults for 3 years. I have worked in child care and as a camp counselor at the xx.
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What are some common responsibilities for nannies in Des Plaines, IL?

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 Plaines’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 Plaines 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 Illinois?
  • Do you own a car? Do you have work experience in Des Plaines?
  • 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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