Juanita J.|Woodinville, WA
10 yrs exp
48 yrs old
Talented Nanny/Household Manager With 18 Years Of Experience
I have 6 years of experience as a nanny/household manager as well as 18 years working in the non-profit sector with youth and families. I have worked with ages from infancy to young adult. I have many skills that make I have 6 years of experience as a nanny/household manager as well as 18 years working in through non-profit sector with youth and families.
I have many skills that make me a good nanny. I am dependable, flexible and hard working. I am mature and responsible although I have not lost my childlike wonder and inquisitiveness. After 16 years of being a social worker, I am unflappable. There is not a crisis that could stop me or an unexpected event that would surprise me. I enjoy life. I enjoy running in the park, baking, doing arts and crafts and participating hands on with activities that children find interesting and exciting. I adore children and they adore me, not because I spoil them or let them get away with breaking the rules but because I treat them like people, capable of making decisions and discovering how the world works. I encourage children to look at the world like a laboratory where they can see, hear, touch, taste, make inferences, draw conclusions, try out new things, practice failing and learn from their successes. Even infants are busy exploring their world and finding out what it all means. It's a big world and I love partnering with children as they explore it.
I have a great deal of education and experience working with young children. My education is in Developmental Psychology. I have an AA degree. I have been a nanny for 5 years. In addition I have over 16 years experience working with families in social service programs including running a before and after school program for school aged youth. I regularly provide childcare for my friends children and have been babysitting since I was 15 years old, that 's 23 years of childcare experience.
My experiences have taught me that children are unique individuals, each one with their own set of challenges and strengths and the key to working with them is the same to working with anyone else. You relate to children on their level. You take interest in the thing that interests them. You acknowledge that they are not perfect and neither are you. You accept that there will be problems. You celebrate that there will be successes. You let them teach you what their learning style and temperament are and you work with them without expecting them to be something they are not. I've learned that you set very clear limits and within those limits you let a child explore at their own pace. I have learned that you can be pretty successful when you set clear expectations and you are unwavering in your commitment to them. Mostly, I have learned that nothing is 100% predictable and you have to be ready for anything.
I see the nanny's position in the family as being a support person. The nanny stays in communication with the family and tries to predict needs. The nanny takes care of the behind the scenes things of making sure things are where they belong, food is ready when they need it and everything is taken care of. The nanny instills confidence so that the family can go about doing their job without worrying about how things are going back at the lair. The nanny cares for the children exactly as the parents want them to and there is consistency and agreement between the nanny
and the parents so the children have no problem with the transition. The nanny takes care of all the mundane things so the parents don't have to concern themselves. The nanny's job is to hold down the fort and manage the amazing side kicks until the real superheroes get home. I am a good nanny. I am dependable, flexible and hard working. I am mature and responsible although I have not lost my childlike wonder and inquisitiveness.