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Sara V. - Seeking Work in Sodus

22.85 / hour
Full-time hours

June 2006 – February 2007 Full Time Live- In Nanny (Nantucket, MA) I had several daily duties at this position. I was a live-in nanny for six children (all from the same family). The siblings consisted of four girls and two boys, including one set of triplets with the youngest of which special needs. My responsibilities included insuring that all six children made it to and from school and activities on time as well as helping with homework and cooking all 3 meals a day for the entire family. I was also the live-in housekeeper, cook, tutor and secondary nanny/housekeeper for the neighbors children. My work hours began as only 8 hour days Monday-Friday with an occasional weekend, but after about a month my hours turned to 12-18 hour days 7 days a week as both parents traveled a lot leaving me with the children full time. Unfortunately, i was forced to resign when the job became too demanding and I began to suffer from exhaustion. Idealy, I would like to work 8 hour days where I simply help raise the children, work with homework, activities, help with meals, but steer away from housekeeping and laundry.
 
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What are some common responsibilities for nannies in Sodus, NY?

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 Sodus’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 Sodus 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 New York?
  • Do you own a car? Do you have work experience in Sodus?
  • 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?