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Sarah B. - Seeking Work in Maplewood

22.85 / hour

Throughout middle school and high school I was a mother’s helper and babysitter. The children I cared for ranged in age from 3 months to six years old with as many as two siblings. I babysat both for evenings and overnight. I enjoyed being with the children, planning activities for them, and helping them with projects. I was successful in maintaining the parents' rules and routines so the children experienced a feeling of consistency and continuity with as little disruption as possible. Throughout high school, I worked at a local animal shelter, interacting with children and teaching them the correct way to handle the animals. I also volunteered at a local children’s theater, stage managing, as well as working one on one with actors, helping them learn their lines. I also helped with costumes and make-up. After high school, my family relocated and I began college. I declared an Elementary Education major my freshman year, and during my four years, participated in three different internships. I worked in one Middle School classroom and two elementary school classrooms. Each one taught me more about how children think and behave. Since graduation from college, I have taught kindergarten, first, second, and fourth grade. I have also worked in a one year old classroom at a certified preschool.
 
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What are some common responsibilities for nannies in Maplewood, NJ?

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 Maplewood’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 Maplewood 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 Jersey?
  • Do you own a car? Do you have work experience in Maplewood?
  • 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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