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 Family Care 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.
Another month for our “Three minute Q and A with TLC nannies.” Each month we are bringing you some great Q and A with our nannies so they can share some info and insight about the nanny profession and educate others on some of the fun aspects of the job. This month we interviewed Janet.
1) Why did you decide to become a nanny?
The short answer is I LOVE kids!!! I’ve babysat since I was a teenager and have always loved hanging out with kids. When I went to college the best choice for me was a degree in early childhood education!! I have worked in church preschool programs, in day cares and really enjoyed teaching kids about the world helping them grow and learn. Then I did respite for kids with autism and it was one on one and I really enjoyed seeing the difference I could make for that one family. And I liked getting to know and interact with parents to support and encourage them too. In July it will be 6 years ago that I started looking for a nanny job and I got as far as putting in an application at TLC. I was hired and had a set of twins for two years! I’ve done both the temp and full time permanent side of TLC. I’m currently with another family that I got through TLC and have been with them for 2 1/2 years so far!!
2) What’s your favorite thing about being nanny?
Seeing the daily changes milestones and growth of the children and being a help and support to the parents
3) What fun activity are you forward to doing with your charge(s) this week?
Swimming, the library and story time. I’m sure at some point there will be a request for Grant’s Farm which is her current favorite place! We also love the zoo and going on playdates at friends’ houses or the park or having friends come over and play.
4) Where do you get your ideas for creative activities? What’s your favorite craft?
Some of them just happen. Like yesterday we didn’t have a set plan. I had thrown out a few ideas and the dad suggested a splash pad. The little girl thought it was so fun to pull me close to the water and try to get me wet! Most of the activities for art or sensory I get from my days at working in day care and some from the internet. I can’t pick one favorite craft. Right now the little girl is really into finger painting and we like to use different things like a cotton swab or crumpled up paper or rolling a car through the paint.
5) Do you follow any blogs, websites to share with other nannies?
I don’t really follow any. There is a nanny playgroup on FB that we would love for more people to join! We would like to be more involved with meet up groups or something but I’m not the best at suggesting things. I’m more of a spur of the moment, “oh, we are doing ______ if anyone wants to join us” which doesn’t usually work too well. But if someone planned or put it out there for a playdate we would come if we can!
This week is National Nanny Appreciation Week.
A special thank you to all the nannies who work with our kids. The big and little things you do everyday make an important impact on the lives of so many people.
If you have a TLC nanny please take a minute and share with us on the TLC Facebook page why you and your kids love your TLC nanny.
Your comments will enter your nanny into a special Nanny Appreciation Week contest. So, please take a minute let us and her know how much she is appreciated!