Holly S.|Lincoln, IL
3 yrs exp
26 yrs old
Full Time Nanny
Avg response < 1 hrs
Because of my deep love for children, I've gained a lot of experience working with them in my short 22 years. Before I could drive, I worked at a local daycare facility that my little brother attended. As a high school student, my joyfulness and dependability made me a popular babysitter both with the kids and the parents. Now, as a college student, I have worked as both a part-time and full-time nanny, and I consider this to be one of the most important and fulfilling, though very challenging, ways for me spend my time while earning a living.
Work experience is important, and I have plenty, but I believe it is more important for you as a parent to see how my experience has shaped how I will care for your children. That is why I have included my philosophy for nannying rather than a detailed account of my work experience, which I will be more than happy to provide upon request.
In my experience of working with children, I have learned that a nanny is a primary influence, a caregiver, an extension of the parents, and a part of the family:
**A primary influence**
A child spends half to two-thirds of his or her waking time with the nanny. By time spent alone, this makes their nanny a primary influence in their lives. This also means that the children are a big part of the nanny s life. For this reason, a nanny is more than an employee alone.
Of course, a nanny is responsible for the safety of the children she watches. Children need more than safety, however. They need a safe, loving, healthy environment in order to thrive. As a primary influence, a nanny provides care for the physical, emotional, and social well being of a child.
**An extension of the parents**
As a primary influence, a nanny has a parenting role in a child s life. Like a parent, she nurtures, disciplines, and guides the children she cares for. A nanny is an extension of the parents, collaborating with them to provide a child with a seamless environment unified in discipline, routine, goals, philosophies, and love.
**A part of the family**
A nanny is intentional about building a loving bond between herself and the children she cares for. This bond is an important part of a healthy environment, and a necessity for care-giving. Because of this bond, and the partnership she shares with the parents, she is more than an employee but one who is part of the family.