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Heather d. - Seeking Work in South Haven

14.28 / hour
Full-time hours

It was through the opportunity to intern for Public Schools at a summer school that I discovered my passion for children. It is a dynamic program with a combination of a school and summer camp for kindergarten through eighth graders. This was great to get to know the families and gain experience in working with so many different age groups. I was an aid in the first and second grade classroom so I did everything from helping math equations to playing four-square to tying shoes. It was definitely a demanding job, but the fabulous staff and amazing kids made me proud to have been a part of the migrant summer school program. For over the past three months now I have been volunteering in a second grade classroom twice a week. I practice flashcards with them, do group work and offer one-on-one help to those that need a little extra instruction. Even though I do not plan on becoming a teacher, I am fortunate to have a good amount of classroom experience. I have gained an understanding of how to connect with and better teach children from diverse backgrounds and learning styles (particularly children with disabilities). I have been babysitting for as long as I can remember because my mom would watch her friends’ children and I was always eager to be the second one in charge. As I got more mature, I began to watch their children on my own. Most recently, I became the babysitter for MOPS and look after two boys; ages nine and twelve. I love the similarities and differences between working with children in the school setting and at home. With babysitting, the schedule much less ridged allowing the children to spend more time doing what they find interesting. For example, when being a nanny I won’t have to call them in from recess, in fact we can stay outdoors going on adventures and building forts (that’s definitely something difficult to do at school)! I've been preparing to be nanny especially the past months upon finishing high school early. I earned my certification in first aid and CPR. I also took college classes that would apply to childcare like Psychology, Human Development and Early Childhood Learning Environments. With the spring semester recently coming to a close, I am now ready to find a nanny job!
Vanessa B. - Seeking Work in South Haven

25.00 / hour
Full-time hours
22 yrs of experience

I am currently a seasoned and licensed child care provider with over 20 years of experience. After much thought and prayer, I am phasing out my in home program and have decided to share my experience and compassion with one family at a time. I am passionate about the care of children, helping them develop and grow, and creating exciting hands on learning opportunities for them, both inside and outside. I spend as much time as possible outdoors and I'm always thrilled to share the love of nature with the children in my care. I am CPR/AED an First Aid Certified and have reliable transportation. I am positive and cheerful and am very comfortable doing light housework and caring for pets.
 
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What are some common responsibilities for nannies in South Haven, 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 South Haven’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 South Haven 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 South Haven?
  • 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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