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April N. - Seeking Work in Davenport

8.57 / hour

I have been at least a part-time babysitter/nanny for nearly twelve years, ever since my older sister had her first child. Since then, I've watched at least one child once a week, and up to nine at a time, as often as every day. I've watched all ages alone, up to 17 years and as young as two weeks old. Although I prefer a one-on-one experience when it comes to babysitting children (so I can be sure they are always doing something fun and educational), I do not have any problems at all with sitting more than one child. It is always a number one priority to keep the children I sit safe and happy. The only way I would sit a child in front of the tv for longer than, say, long enough to do the dishes or tidy up, is if either the child or I were sick. In lieu of tv time, we will play games, color, bake together, go to the park if the weather permits, or whatever strikes us! If I am watching several children, I will place my main attention on the younger child(ren) and give them the the proper educational attention they need for their developing brains. That is not to say that I would ignore the older children at all. They would simply be given the space they tend to prefer. And if it became apparent that the child wanted more attention, s/he would be given it. I am a bit stern, but I find that the most fruitful punishment is an effective, age-appropriate length of time out and a stern talking-to if need be.
Megan S. - Seeking Work in Davenport

22.85 / hour

I owned a child care center for a year until the state changed the rules and regulations and I could no longer afford to keep it open. Previously, I was a toddler teacher for Early Head Start for 2-and-a-half years before the birth of my daughter. I started babysitting when I was 12. I have always helped out with Sunday School and Vacation Bible School at my church. It was always my dream to become a teacher; it wasn't until my student teaching that I realized I would rather have a more "personal" relationship with the children in my care than just a teacher-student relationship.
Nicole T. - Seeking Work in Davenport

20.00 / hour

I have worked in a childcare setting for over 11 years and have been babysitting for even longer. I have always been drawn to learning about children and their development. I have worked at many different types of day cares, from in-home to center and small and private centers to huge and public centers. I have also worked with all ages, but infants and toddlers are my favorite. I enjoy doing arts and crafts and going on fieldtrips with kids. I know about the developmental stages of a child and can plan fun, age-appropriate activities and lessons accordingly.
Meg T. - Seeking Work in Davenport

14.28 / hour

I have worked with a variety of children over the years, and I have realized how different each of them can be. Depending on the child I enjoy; crafting, swimming, biking, and frequent trips to the library. I love pets, and have worked in homes with dogs and cats! I have experience with children with Cerebral Palsy, Attention Deficit Disorder, Down Syndrome and Autism.
Lauren S. - Seeking Work in Davenport

11.42 / hour

My main childcare experience was with a neighbor family in high school. They had 5 children, when I started the youngest was just shy of 2 and the oldest was 11. I regularly watched them for about two years. I also have about 13 cousins younger than me, the oldest who just turned 13. I have taken care of many of them frequently, overnights included. There have even been times where I was left alone with a large number of them. I always try my best to keep things fun, healthy, and fair.
Liana F. - Seeking Work in Davenport

22.85 / hour

I have years of experience with all ages of children. I have worked at multiple day cares including kids choice day care, a school age day care. I have worked as a nanny and babysitter for several years and have done some student teaching in elementary classrooms.
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What are some common responsibilities for nannies in Davenport, FL?

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 Davenport’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 Davenport 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 Florida?
  • Do you own a car? Do you have work experience in Davenport?
  • 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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