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SO YOU WANT TO BE A NANNY?
Working in a glamorous setting, rubbing elbows with the rich and famous, and traveling the world with small children by your side may sound enticing. The truth is, positions like this don’t come along often. Most nannies are employed by professional couples who simply desire to have the best care for their children while they are at work.
Having a solid understanding about the in-home child care industry can help you decide if working as a nanny is right for you. If you are considering becoming a nanny, it’s important that you have a clear understanding of:
- the roles and responsibilities of a nanny
- recommended educational competencies for nannies, and
- professional standards and best practices for nannies.
Above all else, if you are thinking about becoming a nanny, it is essential that you genuinely enjoy being around children. Being a successful nanny requires that you have the patience for working with children for long hours, often with little or no adult interaction, and that you honestly look forward to making a positive contribution to the lives of the children you care for and the families for whom you work.
THE ROLE OF A NANNY
A nanny is responsible for the complete care of the employer’s children.
A nanny’s duties may include:
- Tending to each child’s basic physical needs
- Meal planning and preparation for the children
- Laundering and caring for clothing belonging to the children
- Organizing play activities and outings
- Setting behavioral guidelines
- Providing discipline when appropriate
- Providing social and intellectual stimulation
- Providing transportation
- Housekeeping, when related to the children
- Traveling with the family.
Nannies must also be able to communicate effectively with both the children and their parents. Depending on the individual family, the nanny may be treated as an employee, as a cherished friend or as a member of the family.
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