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Nichole P. - Seeking Work in Portage

14.28 / hour
Full-time hours

Hello! My name is Nichole and I feel like I would be a perfect candidate for this position! I'm the oldest of four children, so I have experienced being around children all my life and started watching children at the age of 12. In addition, I have babysat and nanied for many families over the years and children of all ages. One of the families I looked after had three young girls between the ages of 3 and 8 . Watching these girls was one of the best experiences I've had with child care. I loved interacting with and watching these young girls grow, not only being a nanny to them but also a friend. I feel that I am different from some nannies in the sense that I think it is important to enjoy and engage in all sorts activities with the children, rather than just watching from a distance and observing to make sure they don't get into trouble. I love being silly, playing board games, playing make believe, riding bikes, coloring with chalk, playing soccer, and doing other out door activities. I enjoy encouraging and cooking healthy snacks and meals for the child. I love reading to children, like my favorite, "I'll love you forever" or "Rainbow fish." I also believe that you should leave any home just as clean or more clean than what you found it and can engage children in wanting to help by singing the clean up song or making it into a game. I currently attend Kalamazoo Valley Community College and am going to attain my degree in social work. With this, I plan to become a counselor in the adolescent impatient unit within the hospital since I have a strong passion for children and wanting to to use my past experiences to help understand and better our youth. Overall, I am a pateint, outgoing, imaginative, fun loving person that would love to be the nanny you choose for your family! Thank you for your time and consideration.
Stephanie S. - Seeking Work in Portage

22.85 / hour

I was previously a nanny for a family with 3 children, ages ranging from 3-6 years old. Prior to that, I worked as a live-in nanny for two children; girl (9) and boy (6). Prior to that, I was a live-in nanny for two adorable girls, ages 2 and 4. Being a nanny has been by far my favorite job! I have also worked as a pre-school assistant teacher for about a year and a half. Prior to this position I worked as a floater at the same employer; caring for children ages infant through 6 years old. I have been babysitting since I was very young. I have cared for children of friends, neighbors, and family!
Lauren D. - Seeking Work in Portage

17.14 / hour
Full-time hours

I graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in Family Studies. I've taken many courses on child and adolescent development and am extremely comfortable around children of all ages. I've been babysitting for as long as I can remember and babysat long term for one family. I'm an energetic, fun-loving type of person who is extremely reliable. I worked full-time as the Youth and Family Coordinator and am currently working for xx as an Enrollment Specialist.
Caitlin V. - Seeking Work in Portage

11.42 / hour
Full-time hours

I have experience with multiples (twins), I have extensive experience with newborns, and I have babysat children from newborn all the way through age 10. I have also babysat 4 children at one time and am very comfortable doing so. I also love to find new ways to help the children learn.
Renee B. - Seeking Work in Portage

11.42 / hour

I babysit for a boy who is now three years old. I have babysat him since he was a newborn. I have also babysat three grade school boys and girls. As well as a infant and a toddler.
Jessica T. - Seeking Work in Portage

14.00 / hour
2 yrs of experience

I have many years of experience babysitting, as well as 3 years experience teaching early preschool. I also have a degree in Child Development! I am looking to find a family that I can devote lots of attention to. I'd also love to use my knowledge and expertise to plan activities and stimulate growth and development in your child.
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What are some common responsibilities for nannies in Portage, 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 Portage’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 Portage 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 Portage?
  • 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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