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Mikaela V. - Seeking Work in Jenison

14.28 / hour

My name is Mikaela Visser, and I am a college student at Indiana Wesleyan University. I grew up in Jenison, Michigan, and am a Jenison High School graduate. I absolutely love kids. I nannied for a family three summers in a row, three days per week, as well as babysitting for dozens of other families over the years. I have worked in my church's children's programs, was a camp counselor, and also volunteer at an inner-city youth ministry. I am comfortable taking kids to different places, such as parks, libraries, etc. if the parent(s) are comfortable with that. Otherwise, I can stay at the home as well. You can expect your home to be as tidy as it was when you left it. If you children have any food allergies, I am very accommodating and understand what is needed to maintain strict dietary needs because I have Celiac's Disease.
 
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What are some common responsibilities for nannies in Jenison, MI?

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 Jenison’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 Jenison 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 Michigan?
  • Do you own a car? Do you have work experience in Jenison?
  • 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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