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Kara C. - Seeking Work in Litchfield

11.42 / hour

Hello! My name is Kara; I am 28 years old, live in Litchfield with my husband and step daughters and have a true passion for children. I have been working with children outside of my family since I was about 13-14 years old. Before that my mother allowed me to babysit my younger brothers while she was busy doing housework. I worked for a few different family friends to begin with, and branched out from there to friends of those families. After high school, I got my first job at a home based childcare program and loved it. Over the next 6 years or so, I left my original childcare job due to moving and got a position at a new center based preschool and childcare program. I have experience caring for children from 6 weeks to preteens. I do not have a preference on ages, as I find any age a joy to work with. I am an outdoors type of person, my husband and my step daughters really enjoy hiking and camping in our spare time. I truly believe there is so much we can learn from spending time outdoors. I also really enjoy doing arts and crafts of all types. While lead teacher in the 3 year old preschool classroom I taught in for about 4 years, I always had crafts for the children to partake in. Some crafts needed direction from me, but we also did free play crafts as well, encouraging the children to create their very own masterpieces. For the last 4 years, I have been working as a secretary at a special purpose school in the Lewiston/Auburn area and although I enjoy it, I really miss working directly with children. While working my current job, my CPR/First Aid has lapsed, however I am scheduled to renew it. I have learned many times over that caring for children is extremely rewarding, but can certainly have its challenges. I believe that with my past hands on experience with children, as well as observing techniques used with the population we serve at my current job has taught me many different ways to successfully overcome the challenges that may arise.
 
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What are some common responsibilities for nannies in Litchfield, 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 Litchfield’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 Litchfield 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 Litchfield?
  • 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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