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Chandra F. - Seeking Work in Harvard

17.14 / hour

I attended a Nanny & Governess School. Yes; I chose "Certified Professional Nanny" as my career! I've been working for over ten years for a family here, with whom I was matched through the school. My first day on the job started at nine in the morning and went something like this: "Hi! This is [boy's name]. I'm sorry, but I'm on my way out the door--I have a golf outing today. Um, here's my cell phone number if you need it... The keys to the minivan, and... I should be home around eight? I think? I'll see you later! HAVE FUN!" We made it. We've been happy together since that fateful July morning! I am in charge of the boys' (ages five and nine) food (nutritional shopping and cooking), clothes (shopping and donating), appointments (MD, DDS, parent/teacher conferences), extra-curricular activities, discipline, and schedule (daily, and long-term). I'm not looking to replace this family, or to leave this job. "My" boys are simply growing up and are attending school full time. My pay was recently changed from salary to hourly, and I am now looking for something to supplement my income! I've been babysitting for 15+ years, and am very good at what I do. I'm capable of handling any situation that might arise, and handling it with tact! I've been covered in mud in this job (can't be afraid to get dirty--especially when it's fun for the three year old), and I've also traveled the world via private jet. I've made small talk with the captain of an International cruise ship, while my boss' family hosted a dinner for the "Who's Who" in our Penthouse Suite, while discreetly changing a diaper and blocking incoming Matchbox cars! (It sounds almost funny, now!) The point is: I've done this. I'm comfortable. You aren't going to have to teach me how to pack a diaper bag or schedule a playdate. I'll be happy to learn your preferences and your schedule, but I can figure it out, if you haven't the time!
Jessica G. - Seeking Work in Harvard

8.91 / hour

Hi! I have been caring for children since I was 16 years old. Through high scool I had a number of babysitting jobs. When I went to college, I continued to babysit/nanny and I also got a job at a preschool as a teacher's aid. Once I graduated from college and earned my associates degree in Early Childhood Education, I got a job as a full-time preschool teacher where I was the lead teacher in the Toddler classroom (ages 15-23 months). I am looking to find a job where I can work with the family in providing their child/children with the continuous care and individual attention that every child needs.
Amanda L. - Seeking Work in Harvard

11.42 / hour
Full-time hours

I have 2 younger brothers who I took care of pretty much all of my life. And I babysat an 8 year old with down syndrome.
Roselina E. - Seeking Work in Harvard

12.00 / hour
< 1 yr of experience

I have not had previous formal nanny experience but do love children and have had the opportunity to be a nanny/teacher with my sisters children. I have a flexible schedule and am available usually last minute. I love to play games with kids and make them happy! I am a college student pursuing to become a journalist.
 
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What are some common responsibilities for nannies in Harvard, 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 Harvard’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 Harvard 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 Harvard?
  • 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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