CAREER DEVELOPMENT / JUL. 03, 2014
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How to Become a Nanny

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A nanny is an expert who works closely in a family’s dwelling. She is responsible for all errands related to childcare. If you are a nurturing, loving and trustworthy companion to the kids, this job is well suited for you. Nowadays, most families employ a nanny on a live-out or full time basis.

What Nannies Do?

Nannies also referred to as childminders or mother’s helpers use their skill and experience to carry out the following duties:

  • Administering medicine to children
  • Supervising children’s activities
  • Planning and preparing meals for, and feeding the children
  • Dressing the children
  • Placing the children down for bedtime and naps
  • Bathing the children
  • Changing diapers
  • Potty training the children
  • Giving the children necessary discipline
  • Playing with the children
  • Driving the children to and from various activities

The nanny is also responsible for conducting household chores related to childcare. This might include cleaning up after meals, cleaning play areas, washing bottles and washing children’s clothes.

Salary

The salary for a nanny is dependent on various factors such as transportation, experience, additional responsibilities, geographical area, type of nanny i.e. live-in or leave-out and the number of children to be taken care of. Here is the reflection of their earnings according to various parameters.

Average Weekly Earnings based on Years of Experience

Full-time with less than 1 year of nanny experience

$521

Full-time with 1 year of nanny experience

$529

Full-time with 2 years of nanny experience

$603

Full-time with 3 years of nanny experience

$600

Full-time with 4-5 years of nanny experience

$626

Full-time with 5-7 years of nanny experience

$630

Full-time with 7-10 years of nanny experience

$677

Full-time with 10-15 years of nanny experience

$709

Full-time with 15-20 years of nanny experience

$713

Full-time with 20 plus years of nanny experience

$734

 

Average Weekly Earnings based on College Experience

Full-time nannies with 2 years of experience

$611

Full-time nannies with a bachelor’s degree

$633

Full-time nannies with a master’s degree

$725

Source: Nannies4hire

Job Qualifications and Requirements

For nannies, certification or special training is not necessarily anticipated. Nevertheless, YMCA and Red Cross classes and nannies complete the program receive certification from the agency. However, babysitters with a certification in CPR and first aid have a competitive advantage in the market. Other requirements include:

  • High school graduate
  • Experience taking care of children
  • Early childhood education training preferred
  • Child and infant CPR, and First aid training
  • Driver’s license and safe driving history
  • Permission to work in the U.S.
  • Proficiency in English language
  • Reliability, honesty, and trustworthy
  • Capacity to plan, manage, and perform various activities with minimal supervision

Professional Training

Nannies with early childhood education, college education or any other related field can anticipate higher nanny compensation. This is because a   large number of parents feel more secure having an experienced nanny take care of their children.  There are training programs for nannies in Australia, U.S.A, Great Britain and New Zealand. This programs offer a coursework in safety, nutrition, play activities, CPR, child development and first aid. Since babysitting tasks require maturity and an aptitude to work with children, many agencies prefer candidate that are aged 20 years and above.

Good nanny agencies conduct a background check and may even need their nannies have a TB and physical test. Other agencies have licensed employment counselors and may also be members of great organizations such as INA. Therefore, hiring a nanny who has been referred by a renowned nanny agency assures you that the she meets a definite standard of competency.  

Career Prospects

Being a nanny enables you to put into practice all the life skills learnt ranging from nutrition to safety. The weekly pay for this career increases with an increase in the number of years of experience together with the number of responsibilities. According to BLS, job opportunities in childcare are projected to increase 14% from 2012-2022. This is because parents will increasingly need help during working periods hence an increase in demand for childcare providers.

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