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Linda H. - Seeking Work in Bellingham

22.85 / hour

My experience caring for children began as an in-home daycare provider when my own, now grown, children were young. I currently am a full-time nanny in the Bellingham area for a 5-year-old girl with special needs who will begin kindergarten this fall. I love taking children on nature walks, to the park, library, and teaching them basic art skills. I am a certified elementary school teacher, grades K-8 and have taught grades Pre-K through 3rd grade. I am extremely patient, kind, creative, and nuturing. In my most current nannying job, I worked full days, 5 days a week. I took her on weekly outings to the library. For Valentine's Day we looked for heart rocks along the beach and, during the summer, picked berries at local berry farms. Beginning mid-February through May, I assisted her in recording her monthly observations of a decidious tree (named Eliza Jane)in her nature journal. I taught my charge how to recognize pattern sequences in nature and create simple patterns in her artwork.I created a daily/weekly schedule so she knew what to expect. This helped to create a routine and consistency. We had fun listening to music while we did our morning chores, and learning new songs to sing. While my charge was at preschool, I performed light housekeeping duties and sometimes often and cooked the evening meal.
Nina D. - Seeking Work in Bellingham

14.28 / hour
Full-time hours

Since age 18 I've helped raise, support, babysit and care for children of all ages. Moved from home at an early age after mothers passing, grew up fast and mature. Lived with my oldest sister who had 3 kids, all under age 3. I stayed home with them, while both parents worked, and I was being homeschooled through high school. Later, helped support and raise younger siblings in their teens. After they all moved out and on, went back to live with the eldest sister who then had 8 children, infant to age 14. Moved out of town, and another sister moved in with me with two children ages 3 and 5, while gladly helping her through divorce. I love children and love to help people. I've more than 10 years of background in taking care of children in good and bad life situations.
Georgette E. - Seeking Work in Bellingham

11.73 / hour

I grew up taking care of my two younger brothers, and have recently acquired a younger step-brother. For the past year, I have been taking care of two girls (5 and 7 years old) from two separate families. While caring for them, I've cooked them meals, prepared them for bedtime, all the while making the experience enjoyable by occasionally taking them to movies, the zoo, and local parks. I also helped out around the house with things like washing the dishes or watering plants. During the 2011-2012 school year I was an assistant for a children's art class at an art museum which took place once a week. I have volunteered as a week-long camp counselor for 6th graders twice, during 2012-2013. Though some of these experiences have required very much patience, I have loved every second of them all.
Kylie K. - Seeking Work in Bellingham

12.19 / hour
Full-time hours

I have babysat for many families in years prior in order to gain some money here and there. Last summer I was a nanny for a family for the duration of the summer and I thoroughly enjoyed the work. I am studying at WWU to become an elementary school teacher and through this I have been able to volunteer in many classrooms and at many community events. I would love to put forth the experience in child care I already have and gain even more skill and experience in this field. I am reliable and a quick learner who is willing to work long and flexible hours if needed.
Jenny R. - Seeking Work in Bellingham

14.28 / hour
Full-time hours

I work at a family help center, where I've worked for the last 5 years as a therapeutic childcare worker with kids of all ages. I have also nannied for a few families, including infant care and special needs care.
Tiffany B. - Seeking Work in Bellingham

14.28 / hour

Started babysitting for local families at the age of 12. Then began teaching dance and theater classes for children ages 3-12 at a local performing arts studio. After several years of teaching, I transitioned into becoming a full-time nanny in 2006. Have since worked for 3 families. First family had 4 children ages 1,3,7 & 9, Second family had 2 girls ages 5 & 7 and the last one had a 5 yr old boy.
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What are some common responsibilities for nannies in Bellingham, MA?

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 Bellingham’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 Bellingham 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 Massachusetts?
  • Do you own a car? Do you have work experience in Bellingham?
  • 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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