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How to Find A Good Nanny

Posted April 2, 2015 By careforall

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Many parents come to a point in their life where they need someone to help them care for their children. Finding the right childcare provider is one of the most important things that a parent will do for their child. Because the right care is so crucial, it isn’t unusual for parents to feel overwhelmed when searching for a nanny. Fortunately, there are several things that parents can do to help them find the perfect babysitter for heir children.

The first thing that a parent should consider when finding a babysitter is how much experience the caregiver has. According to the International Nanny Association, the experience of the babysitter is what matters most. Some nannies have been caring for children since they were kids themselves. Other nannies may not have as much experience. A good rule of thumb is to hire more experienced nannies for smaller children. The younger the child, the more experience the babysitter needs.

Set up an interview and speak with as many suitable applicants as you can. Ask lots of questions and make sure potential candidates understand and can meet your needs. If possible, allow the babysitter to spend time with the kids. Watch how they interact and simply observe. Also, it isn’t uncommon for parents to do a test job before hiring. A test job is sometimes exactly what a parent needs to make a decision.

Verifying the babysitter’s credentials and references is also essential. Not everyone is completely honest with potential employers. Career experts estimate that around 53% of people lie on their resume, and about 70% of college students admit they would lie to get a job. Parents should be sure to request references. Call the references and ask lots of questions. This helps provide a clear idea of how the nanny will be.

Parents shouldn’t leave the kids out of the decision when choosing a babysitter. Because the child will spend the most time with the babysitter, it’s vital that there is a good connection. The babysitter must be child-approved. If your child lights up at the sight of the nanny and can’t stop talking about her you may have found a perfect babysitter.

Searching for a babysitter isn’t something that happens overnight. Many parents spend a significant amount of time searching for the perfect babysitter. One of the best things that parents can do when searching for a nanny is consult a professional agency that can streamline the search. A professional agency can significantly cut down on the time involved.

Once you find a good babysitter, it’s necessary to take the right steps to keep her. First, parents should offer a fair wage. If the babysitter is underpaid, it’s only a matter of time before she moves on to a job that pays her fairly.

Second, Parents should be sure to keep the lines of communication open with their babysitter. If potential conflicts arise, the nanny should feel free to talk about it. Next, it’s wise to give the babysitter some vacation days. Caring for children is hard work. A day off every once in a while is key to keeping the babysitter refreshed. Finally, nannies should know that you appreciate them. Let the babysitter know you value her contributions to the family.

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How to Get a High Paying Job as a Nanny

Posted August 21, 2014 By careforall

There aren’t really any educational requirements to become a nanny other than real love for children. However, if you want to break out into the big time six figure salaries, there are certain qualifications, certifications and experience that can exponentially expand your job openings.

Get Experience
As with all other jobs, the more experienced you are, the more salary and bonuses you stand to make. If you have no experience as a nanny, you can always quote any prior experience you have working with children such as child minding your siblings, babysitting for your neighbors and so forth. Child minding siblings can be a big plus on your resume especially if you come from a large family. The amount of experience needed varies from family to family. As you build your experience, collect references and letters of recommendation from the families you have worked for. Solid, up-to-date references can be all the difference between a low and high paying job. If you can’t get an initial job to build up your child care experience and you don’t have prior experience working with children, volunteer to work with children. Working for free can help you gain experience quickly and expand your career opportunities.

Get an Associate’s Degree
As mentioned at the outset, there are no educational qualifications to become a nanny. But, if you want to earn much more than the average nanny, you should go to college and earn an associate’s degree in early childhood education. This course provides you with theoretical and technical knowledge on child psychology, development, behavior and special needs. You should combine an associate’s degree with parenting classes which will teach you communication and mentoring skills when dealing with children.

Join a Professional Nanny Organization
Being a member of professional association demonstrates your commitment and passion to a profession. It tells anyone looking at your resume that you take your work seriously. It also assures them that you conform to a minimum code of conduct which is reassuring to parents given the sensitive nature of working with children. An example of a professional nanny association is the International Nanny Association (INA) which administers professional exams to its members. An INA credential has the potential to add a few more digits to your annual salary.

Continuous Professional Development
Do not stop at an associate’s degree. To improve your future career prospects, you should continuously seek to improve your academic and professional qualifications. One way to do this is to complete the Child Development Associate (CDA) program. It is offered by the Council for Professional Recognition and makes you stand out as a professional in your field. Earning the title CDA calls for competence in several areas such as health, safety, child care and management, teaching and socialization.

As part of continuous professional development, you should also consider an advanced degree in early childhood education. There are also specialized short courses and post graduate diplomas offered by colleges which can add more “meat” to your resume.

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