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Tips for Your Nanny Job Interview

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Congratulations! You’ve secured an interview for a great nanny job. The interview with the family is your opportunity to shine! Be sure to leave 10-15 minutes earlier than planned and arrive with a smile. Show immediate interest in the child(ren). Don’t forget they are why you are there! Read below for more nanny interview Do’s and Don’ts.

 

DO: Arrive on time and prepared for the interview. Leave 10-15 minutes earlier than planned in case there is traffic or an accident. Know the children’s names, ages, school arrangements, etc. Also have a list of prepared questions to ask during the interview.
Do: Have a resume or nanny portfolio to refer to while discussing your experience. Being able to show a family your past experience and relate back to it during the interview helps the family see your abilities. If you don’t have a resume or portfolio bring along a list of references names and numbers and/or letters of recommendation.
DO: Make sure you have a clear understanding the responsibilities of the position. This will help you relate your skills and accomplishments to the position, even if you come from another field.
Do: Use good eye contact and proper speech. Good eye contact indicates confidence. Proper speech helps us communicate better and teach children good verbal skills.
Do: Turn off your cell phone. You should always remember to turn off your phone before an interview. A ringing, beeping or vibrating phone during an interview is very distracting to everyone. If possible leave it in the car.
Do: Know the next step. At the end of the interview ask when you will hear back from them and if they need any additional information from you.
Don’t: Bring up your salary right away. Let the family get to know you and all you have to offer before you tell them your salary requirements. If the employer brings it up you can give them a salary range. You should avoid expressing a figure until you know that an offer has been extended.
Don’t: Underdress for the interview. You can show respect to the family by wearing proper attire. Wear nice slacks or a casual dress with appropriate shoes. If you want to wear jewelry keep it small. Remember kids grab for things and are sensitive to smells.
Don’t: Bring a friend to the interview. A nanny should always come to the interview by themselves. If you are unsure of the location or length of the drive they can practice before. Calling for a ride at the end of the interview can be very awkward for everyone.
Don’t: Talk negatively. Do not talk negatively about previous jobs, employers or kids you have taken care of. If they ask you why a previous job ended give them a brief and truthful answer without sounding negative.

TLC for Kids has great part time and full time jobs available now.   If you are looking for a rewarding job working with kids please apply with us today!  Visit our website to learn more or call us at 314-725-5660.

Nanny Jobs for Teachers

Nannies and teachers are alike in many ways.    More and more teachers are thinking about leaving the classroom to become  nannies.   Nannying gives teachers the opportunity to work with kids on a one-on-one basis.  Here we explore how you can translate your teaching experience into effective childcare as a TLC for Kids nanny!

Nannies, like teachers, have to pull from a broad skill set in their work. One of the most important qualities a teacher has is creativity. If you have teaching experience of any kind, you are probably more creative than even you realize. Whether you’ve had to create art projects and games, modify lesson plans to suit your students’ needs, or invent new ways to motivate students, you have had to think outside the box to find what works best for your class. You can use the same effort you put into engaging your students, to come up with a variety of activities and adventures for the children now in your care as a TLC nanny.

As a teacher, meticulous planning and creative lesson plans are never quite enough; students always manage to come up with new ways to challenge you. The patience and kindness you show in these situations are important skills for any nanny. When you are caring for a child, it can be difficult to stay “on” at all times and be positive at any given moment – particularly if you are tired, or distracted, or don’t really want to read the same book to your kids for the fifth time today. But if you have teaching experience, this is a hurdle you’ve jumped often.   If you can produce the patience and fairness to be a good teacher to your students, you’ll find you have that same ability as a nanny.

Like teaching, nannying can be unpredictable work. There are many times when you need to strike that perfect balance between being reliable and flexible. You know how important it is to leave space in your schedule in case you have to deal with a last-minute issue; you know to always come prepared with an activity, but ready to abandon or modify it to suit your kids’ needs. That balance is at the heart of any work in which you are tending to the needs of other people.

Taking care of children, whether as a teacher or as a nanny, challenges you to use the best parts of yourself – your creativity, your compassion, your dependability, your flexibility, and so much more. That’s exactly why it’s such rewarding work.  If you would like to apply for a TLC nanny position please visit our website.

Do You Want To Be a Nanny?

Working as a nanny is a fun and rewarding job. In fact, more and more people with experience in childcare are finding that being a nanny is a great career. Nanny jobs allow skilled social workers, teachers, daycare providers and nurses the same thing: the opportunity to help children.

As a nanny you are with children everyday in their home. You are able to provide a loving and stable environment for kids. Childcare experts and parents agree that this type of environment is beneficial for kids. Being a nanny allows you the opportunity to spend time with a child everyday. You watch them grow and develop. You will be there to see a child sit up for the first time, you will be there when they are learning to crawl, then walk and run.

A nanny also has the opportunity to teach kids. You are one of the child’s first teachers. Everyday nannies are singing the ABC song, counting out the number of swings at the playground, and talking about what color the flowers are in the garden. Watching a child learn is very rewarding. Along with teaching, nannies are coloring, cutting, gluing and stamping fun art projects and gifts for mom and dad.

Being a nanny is all about taking care of children while providing support for the family. It is a fun and challenging career for anyone with childcare experience.

If you are interested in becoming a nanny in Missouri of Florida please visit our website today to learn more and fill out an application.

How To Find A Nanny Job

Are you looking for a nanny job?  Being a nanny is a fun and rewarding career.  Taking the time to find the right job for you will make the job even more fun!

Finding the right job requires you to do a little bit of homework.  It is your responsibility to review the job description and have a complete understanding of your responsibilities before accepting a position. There a few steps to follow to make sure the nanny job is a good fit.

The first step in finding a great nanny job is to review the family job description.  The job description is your first opportunity to see what the job entails.  Look at things like location, hours, and salary.  Do all those fit your requirements?

The second step is the phone interview.  Phone interviews are your first impression.  Make sure you can talk without being  distracted.  Tell the family a little bit about yourself.  Be prepared to answer some questions about your job history and experience.

A face to face interview is your opportunity to shine.  Arrive early, dress comfortably but professionally, and be prepared.  You will be asked to answer questions but it is also your chance to ask questions.  You will also have the opportunity to meet the kids.  Take this opportunity to interact with the kids and show off how well you work with kids.  Find out as much as your can about the family and the job.   Would you like to work for this family?  Do you agree with their child care philosophy?  Are you comfortable in the house?

After the interview thank the family for their time and make sure to follow up with a nice note.  This extra step goes a long way.

Following these steps will help you find a great job that you will want to stay with for years!

If you are interested in a nanny job or want to learn more about being a nanny visit the TLC for Kids website.