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Elizabeth C. - Seeking Work in Cochranville

17.14 / hour

I have been actively babysitting since I was 12. When I was 15 I became a mother's help to a woman who had 5 children. Her husband was out of state for most of the month and she needed someone to help with cooking, cleaning and childcare. When I was 16 I went away for 2 months to be a mother's help to a single mom of 5 who was establishing her new business in a new area. I helped mostly with the children, but also cooked and cleaned as needed in addition to helping with the business when required. When I was 18 I started my first part-time nanny position for two working parents. I cooked, cleaned, transported the children to and from preschool when needed and actively watched the infant with no TV. I found my first Full-time nanny position across the country and was a Live-in for a one year period. Both parents worked very demanding careers so the hours needed to be flexible. They had two boys that were 4 and 6 when I began working with them. I took another position, after my first contract was finished, with a family that also had two parents working full-time. They had a girl who was 4 and a boy that was 6. I was with them for a year and a half and through their move to Boston. They were closer to family and only needed my services a month after the move. I went home and started my own family. I did not work for around 2 years until my daughter was over a year and fulling weaned. I took a position with a woman who lived close by and had two children that she adopted from Asia. The oldest struggled in many areas, but they were both amazing children to work with. Within a year they also relocated and I found another position with a family with 4 children ages 4-13, all but the eldest were boys. The Mother had just passed away and the Father needed help. I worked with them until the day I went into labor with my second child.
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What are some common responsibilities for nannies in Cochranville, PA?

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 Cochranville’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 Cochranville 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 Pennsylvania?
  • Do you own a car? Do you have work experience in Cochranville?
  • 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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