(Closed) Anyone a Nanny?

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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7779 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I used to work for an agency.

When I was dealing with families, I noticed that a lot of them wanted someone who was creative, and could come up with activities to keep their kids occupied (other than TV, movies, etc). I noticed a definite trend away from the “TV babysitter”. If you speak another language or play an instrument, they always loved that too. My specialty was always art/craft projects and knowing tons of games.

I would just make sure to mention things like that, especially if the family is on the wealthy side. They always want something better than what the next family has. (y’know. “Our nanny speaks Spanish!” “Oh yeah, well ours is a classically trained violinist who speaks Russian and Arabic and is teaching our babies sign langage and how to invest on Wall St.”)

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I am currently a nanny and I would definitely agree with what @zippeylef said. I would just like to add that if you’re well educated and have a degree to teach they will probably love you. It will be like having a private teacher/tutor/caregiver for their kids. I’m sure you will do great. Best of luck to you!

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I was an unemployed teacher who just recently became a nanny. Dress professionally, show an interest in the children, and let them see how excited you are. If the kids love you, the parents will also! Emphasize yur willingness to work with them for what’s best for their child and that your past experiences will help you to create unique leanring activities to enrich their children.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I also am a nanny and would like to say, in addition to what the other PPs have said, if you are comfortable with pets, either occasionally feeding them or whatever, let the parents know. A lot of parents appreciate little extra things like that to make their lives easier. I also made it clear to the family that I work for that I was willing to help around the house/ do other misc chores in regards to the children (meaning, doing the children’s laundry, children’s dishes, picking up toys, changing children’s sheets, running to Babies R Us or grocery store, etc.).

I would also like to point out that if you do receive a job offer, speak to them about what will happen if they go on a vacation or if they decide they need to cut your hours for a period of time (like if a relative comes to visit and helps with the children). I have an understanding with the family that I work with that if they go on vacation, I still get paid my average wages (because it is not my choice for them to go on vacation, you know? But if I go on vacation, I don’t get paid unless they feel like it.) Also, talk to them about if they’re going to want you to drive the children to lessons/ appointments. If so, who’s car? Will they reimburse you for gas? etc.

A lot of nannies have ‘contracts’ with families that spells out these sort of things (as well as others) just so everything is laid out and mutually agreed upon. I know it’s a little early to be talking about this, but if things go well at your interview, these are some things you should think of. You can google nanny contracts or something similar to see some templates.

Good luck!

Post # 9
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2144 posts
Buzzing bee

Whenever I went on interviews for nanny positions, I wore usually just beige pants or something and a nice top. Don’t dress too stuffy, imo. Can’t run around with kids in 4 inch heels and a pencil skirt! Maybe that works for other people, but I haven’t found it necessary.

Also, make sure the family is a good fit for YOU too. It’s really, really hard to work when your views don’t line up with the parents’. But when you get along well with the whole family, then the experience is wonderful! You will catch onto this while you’re in the interview most likely.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I was a nanny all through college. I think there are several things parents are looking for. They want someone they can trust with their children, someone who is well educated, someone who has a lot of energy, someone who is fun/creative/spunky, someone who LOVES children, someone who their children LOVE, someone they have an immediate clicking with. My second to last nanny job was the best one that I had and it was because the parents and I clicked the very first time we met. Then once I met their children (2 girls aged 2 and 4) I was not shy to interact with them right off the bat. I have never NOT gotten a nanny job and I think its because I am very relatable, easy to talk to, present myself well, I am educated and I really do love kids. If you are in the teaching profession Im sure that you have all of those qualities as well and that is exactly what will get you the job!

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Bump! I’m going on an interview tomorrow for a nanny position and I’m nervous!  I am 27 and haven’t babysat since i was 17.  I don’t have any experience recently outside of my newborn photography business.

What questions should I be prepared for?  The baby is three months.

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