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Kate B. - Seeking Work in Ward Hill

17.14 / hour
Full-time hours

I am looking for a new family to work for starting this February (hopefully a permanent job). I am currently with a family whom I have been nannying for for the past two and a half years. I have been watching their almost 3-year-old daughter since she was 4 months old. I work from 7:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. M-F (and also stay late if they need me to). I have also babysat for them when they have dinners to go to or parties on the weekends. I drove her to lots of activities and participated in them as well such to music, swimming and gymnastics. I am actively engaged with their daughter taught her to crawl, eat real foods, nap, talk, play, share, learn the ABCs, 123s, colors, etc. I feed her the three main meals a day, as well as snacks. I make sure she eats well and have patience with her when she goes through picky stages. I have taken care of her when she was sick (fevers as well as conjunctivitis). I also pick-up around the house and doing laundry. Now that she is getting older she has begun going to school in the mornings two days a week (I drive her). In February, she will be turning three so they have decided to put her in school full-time so that is why I looking for a new family to nanny or sit for. Full time or part time. Before them I nannied for a family for about five years. They have three girls, ages 7, 8 and 12. I love working with children and I have a great deal of patience. I enjoy helping them with homework, playing games, or taking them places. I picked them up from school and also drove them to activities. During summers, I would have them all day (8-6) and I am also comfortable staying overnight. I have been swimming since I was four and competed as well as took lifeguard lessons for 12 years. I think every family I have worked with have had a dog or cat (the family with the three girls had a cat and Saint Bernard). I also cook and clean a bit. I have experience with infants, ranging from 3 months to 3 years and worked with a family who had a little boy with special needs.
 
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What are some common responsibilities for nannies in Ward Hill, MA?

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 Ward Hill’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 Ward Hill 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 Massachusetts?
  • Do you own a car? Do you have work experience in Ward Hill?
  • 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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