WHAT DO NANNIES DO?
You were everyone's favorite babysitter when you were growing up. You love kids and kids love you. You're responsible, and parents are willing to trust you with the thing that is most precious to them: their kids. If this sounds like you, consider a job as a nanny. Nannies work full or part time taking care of children while their parents are working or away. Working in the home of the children they watch, nannies often work full time or more for a single family, and take care of children's everyday needs. This includes diapering babies and toddlers, feeding, dressing, grooming, driving to school, medical appointments or other activities, making sure homework gets done and making sure they don't feed all of their broccoli to the dog at dinnertime. Nannies keep kids active, play games, and sometimes discipline children when they misbehave, and report back to the parents when necessary.
Nannies sometimes live in the house of their employer, or might work with a number of families as part of a "nanny share."
HOW MUCH DO NANNIES MAKE?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) childcare workers made $9.28/hour in 2010, or $19,300 a year.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
Nannies do not need any formal education, but some families will want to hire people with some background in childcare, such as a babysitting jobs, or even an associate's degree in early childhood development. Additionally, CPR certification, and first aid training, and a valid driver's license will help you outperform the competition.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Communication and People Skills: Nannies spend most of their day with children, and will need to tell stories, ask and answer questions, as well as report back to parents and understand any instructions given to you.
- Instructional Skills: Nannies need to be able to explain instructions clearly and in a way kids can understand.
- Patience: Children can be frustrating, especially around nap time. Being patient will help you when tense situations arise.
- Stamina: Kids are bundles of energy, and nannies need the energy to match. Carrying children, diaper bags, etc. require strength.
THE FUTURE OF NANNIES
The need for nannies will grow faster than average between 2010 and 2020, according to the BLS.