Probably, a lot of teens used to do babysitting in high school or college, in order to earn some extra money. Back then it should have been an easy way to get pocket money: you just had to stay with kids from your neighborhood a couple of hours or more and control them. Perhaps it was necessary to check if they go to bed on time, eat their dinner, brush teeth… In other words check if they kept it up with their daily routine. We bet it was easy to combine this job with doing homework or just watching TV, sounds not that difficult, huh? However, when babysitting turns into a full-time nanny job, it takes it to the whole new level. Nanny is a sort of parents’ ambassador, when they are away. Nanny is in charge of a whole day routine of a kid and fosters a child, helping him or her to deal with challenges of growing up. Depending on the requirements of a family, which decided to hire a nanny, she or he has to take care of meals and entertainments. Hence, cooking skills and some crafting skills might be a plus and increase your chances of getting a job. Nanny should also keep house neat and tidy.
These are some general responsibilities for nanny, however, as it has already been mentioned, they might vary depending on a family you will make working agreement with.
In addition to this, nanny’s duties include the fulfillment of the instructions of the pediatrician and the instructions of the parents. There are families in which duties of a nanny include cleaning the entire apartment and preparing food for all family members, but this is a separate condition and it is discussed before going to work. Combining vacancies between nannies and assistants does not always have a good effect on the quality of work performed and the nanny doesn’t always perform well. However, if you are ready to be both, you should better mention it. Multitasking at this point is extremely valuable. Also, if you know some foreign languages and ready to teach a kid basics - that would be a really huge benefit for the majority of parents. Certainly, only if you know how to teach and keep an attention of a kid.
You should start from your professional qualities and skills, rather than personal one, when pitching your candidacy for the position. Now, don’t get this piece of advice wrong. Nanny is almost a part of a family, so you definitely have to be easy-going and have positive attitude, in order to fit in, however professional skills will be crucial. So, make sure to mention that you: