There are many great reasons to be a nanny or babysitter. First, some people enjoy the work and find it rewarding and fulfilling. They look forward to the tasks of helping children and have great patience and satisfaction with the responsibilities. It can help you get through school and refine life skills that you may greatly appreciate one day. If you have experience there are opportunities for better pay and advancement. Compared to many other jobs it is less stressful and has the possibility for downtime. You are given an opportunity to invest in a child’s life and make a difference for the better. Below are some resources and recommendations for those interested in becoming a nanny.
- Consider attending the English Nanny and Governess School in Chagrin, Ohio.
- Apply to Firstclasscare.com if or when you meet the requirements which includes two years experience working with children in order to interview. Working as a teacher or teacher’s aide for at least two years would count, but not a teaching degree with maybe a year or six months of student teaching. You can also get this experience through families from sites like Care.com and SitterCity.com. References from the families worked with are also required. First Class Care looks like it is only in Illinois (as of writing this in 2012), but it is probably possible to find similar places in other states or locations especially with an Internet search.
- Check if an American Red Cross Babysitting Class is available in your area.
- Look into becoming a doula, especially a postpartum doula. This will allow to gain experience with infants and gain family life skills and knowledge. A doula is a birth assistant specially trained to help ease pain in child birth naturally. A postpartum doula is specially trained to support the mother and care for the infant after the birth for several months.
- Watch shows like Supernanny and read parenting books. This is a good idea for anyone as we will all probably come in contact with children eventually whether through work or a friend or some other means, and most of us will probably have our own children one day.
- Learn to cook, especially for and with children. Kids love helping in the kitchen and knowing some good recipes to make will definitely help. Read books designed for cooking for younger kids. Some have great ideas like making smiley faces with grapes for toddlers, who tend to be picky eaters.