The bulk of my babysitting childcare experience (14+ years) was for a two families from my hometown, Concord, New Hampshire. I began caring for the first family in 1994 for their 4 year-old girl almost every weekend while her parents went out (typically from 4p.m.-1a.m.). Her younger brother was born in 1998 and I began caring for him also when he was 6 months-old. In addition to caring for these children most weekends, I also cared for them some weeknights when one or both parents were out of state on business. My duties for this family included caring for the children, meal preparations for the children, cleaning up after the children, washing and putting away all dishes, getting the children ready for bed and putting them to bed, and transporting the children to and from their various activities by car—when I was of legal driving age. I also house sat for this family every summer when they would take vacations ranging from 1 week to 1 month in duration. During their vacations I would perform full housekeeping tasks (vacuum, mop, clean bathrooms, etc.), water all indoor and outdoor plants, maintain the appearance of the house, bring in the mail/newspaper, and perform other tasks/errands that came up while they were away. I provided care for this family regularly from 1994 through 2001, when I left for college, and sporadically from 2001 through 2006, when I moved to Florida.
The other family I babysat for began in 1995 for their 2 year-old boy. His younger sister was born in 1999 and I began caring for her also when she was 10 months-old. I babysat for this family a few times a month on weekend days and occasionally on a week or weekend night when the parents had to work or if they were going out. This family lived next door to me; the parents have known me since they moved in when I was about seven or eight years-old. I provided care for this family from 1995 through 2001, when I left for college.
During the summer of 2005 I was fortunate to be selected as an intern for the elite and academically intense—and amazing— Program, offered only for application to the finest rising senior students of the state’s public school system, that takes place every summer on the campus in Concord, NH. I was extremely grateful to return, as I had been accepted as a student for the 2000 term. As an intern, I performed the duties of an assistant ecology teacher, a dorm supervisor, and a sports coach. I was responsible for the 17 co-ed students in my ecology course, (which included multiple overnight canoe and camping field trips in addition to multiple day field trips); the 30 girls that lived in my dorm; and the 40 co-ed students I coached for soccer and the 100+ co-ed students I supervised in the weight room of the school gymnasium during the sports period over the course of 5 1/2 week program. The average age of these students was 17 years.
My nanny experience began in 2006 when I became a part-time (~25 hours/week), live-out nanny for 2 children: a 6 year-old girl and an 8 year-old boy. My duties included: picking both children up from their respective schools at the end of the school day, transporting the children to their various activities, and then transporting the children back to their house; snack preparation; providing homework assistance; occasional dinner preparation for the family; in addition to occasional laundry and light housekeeping duties. About once or twice a month, the single-mother would have out of state business trips lasting 3-5 days in duration. During these times I became a live-in nanny and was responsible for breakfast, lunch, and dinner preparation; packing lunches for school; transporting the children to their respective schools; in addition to my regular duties. During my employment for the mother, I worked part-time in her office while the children were in school. I held this position from January, 2006 through March, 2006, when I moved to Florida to pursue my full-time career as an environmental scientist for a firm in Fort Lauderdale. I worked as an environmental scientist for the same consultant firm from March, 2006 through April, 2009. Due to the decline in the economy, government funding was consequently diminished which severely reduced the amount of available work in my company’s industry. I was laid off in April, 2009.
My first full-time nanny job began in May, 2009 as a full-time (50+hours/week), live-out nanny for 2 children: an 8 month-old girl and an 18 month-old boy. I became a live-in nanny for this family in September, 2010. I was responsible for changing diapers and dressing the children; breakfast and lunch preparation; planning and conducting educational learning activities; ensuring the overall safety of the children each day; transporting the children to activities, (and eventually preschool); performing all of the family's housekeeping duties: vacuuming and mopping of all floors; cleaning all countertops, sinks, appliances, toilets, showers, and bath tubs; dusting, etc.; performing all of the family's laundry and bed linens duties; grocery shopping; dry cleaning drop-offs/pick-ups; in addition to any other requested errands. I also provided full care for the family’s 2 English Bulldogs and their 2 cats, (feeding and changing drinking water, dog waste and litter box cleanup). Both parents are employed as full-time Special Senior Officers for Homeland Security so I was always available to them, and often called upon, for emergency and overnight call-ins. The children and I enjoyed many day trips during the week to various beaches, museums, parks, and libraries. I enjoyed working for this family very much and we always joked about me staying with them even after the kids went off to college; I was either going to be the kids’ RA in college or continue to live at home with the parents and manage their house . My employment with this family came to a bittersweet end at the very end of February, 2011 in order for me to move back "home" to New Hampshire so that I could aid my mother with her pressing medical issues. My mother has since fully recovered and I am enjoying being back in New Hampshire.
My first nanny job being back in NH was part-time (~30hrs/wk) caring for a family’s identical twin 20 month-old girls and their 3 year-old boy. The mother worked from her home office and the father worked out of the house. Although the mother was physically in the house, during her workday (8am-5pm) I treated the situation as if she is not in the house at all. Therefore, I provided all of the care for the three children including: daily breakfast, lunch, and snack preparation; packing a lunch for the boy and transporting him to/from school for his half-day preschool class twice a week, (the girls accompanied us for the rides); performing all of the children's laundry and bed linens duties as needed; performing all daily dish washing and putting away for the entire family; occasional dinner preparation for the entire family; keeping the house clean and tidy daily; performing yard work and exterior painting and staining during my "off hours" or while the children were napping; keeping the children's rooms clean and tidy daily; and every other week: vacuuming and mopping all floors, cleaning all windows and mirrors, cleaning all toilets/showers/tubs/sinks, and beating and washing all rugs.
The mother's job required her to travel almost every week during the summer months for conventions across the nation. When the mother was away on business I worked an additional 2-3 hours each day; performed all laundry duties for the entire family; and provide daily dinner preparation for the entire family, (in addition to my usual duties).
After 6 months with this family I took a full-time job (~45hrs/wk) with another family that was more local and provided the work hours I had been seeking. I cared for their 3 boys: newborn, 18 months, and 2 1/2 years-old. Meals, baths, laundry, housekeeping, school transportation, music classes, trips to parks and the beach, and caring for the family dog kept me busy!
I am currently caring full-time (45-50hrs/wk) for 2 boys: 5 and 8, and also performing all housekeeping and many household management duties. I have been with this family for almost 2 years. Due to my recent move, I am seeking a job closer to my house to reduce my travel costs and commute time, which is currently a solid 45 minutes.