My experience began with a summer job as a live-out nanny for two boys (7 and 9). I watched them four days a week for 7 hours a day. I have a collective 8 years of babysitting experience varying in ages, and with both genders. This includes a regular job for family friend with a three year old boy, family members with young children, and random jobs I was set up with. I did some volunteer child care for over a year. This position required me to watch children a couple times a week, ranging anywhere in age from infant up to 13, while their parents attended community provided family classes. I was a live-in nanny for a 4 year old and a 6 year old, and I also watched a ten month old at the same time! Following this, I took a temporary summer job as a full-time nanny for a four year old girl while her mother traveled. When I began college, I was a nanny for a family of three with a two year old girl, seven year old boy, and 10 year old girl. This position ended after a year when I moved to Texas. I did some occasional babysitting until I found a permanent nanny position for a mom in school with two boys (2-5), and a 9 year old cousin who was around quite often. This job lasted almost 3 years, until I moved back to Oregon. I do not currently nanny as I have a job with the State, but I do babysit when asked by family and friends.
The duties in all these positions varied depending on what the family needed. Overall, I have experience making meals, bathing, cleaning house, doing dishes and laundry, putting children to bed, changing diapers, getting dressed, transporting as needed, helping with homework, resolving conflicts, observing behavior, communicating with patents and children, providing comfort, and playing!