Many women and girls are thinking of becoming a nanny in order to earn some part time income. The general consensus is that the task of becoming a nanny is pretty easy and anyone can become a nanny but it is certainly not so. The job of a nanny is that of responsibility and therefore, if you are thinking of becoming a nanny, you have to 1st find out whether you are eligible to become a nanny or not.
Most of the people are aware about the job of a nanny but for those who are not aware about the job of a nanny, we would be explaining it to you. The nanny is responsible for looking after the child as well as tutoring the child and also maintaining the personal hygiene of the child and doing the laundry of the child and the cleaning for the child as well. That is why, it is important that you are comfortable around children and then only you can think about becoming a nanny.
When you want to become a nanny, you can opt for part time employment or full-time employment. Generally when you’re working as a freelancer, you can easily get a contract for up to one year.
We would be highlighting the exact procedure to become a nanny and what are the requirements which you want to fulfill in order to become a nanny.
How to become a nanny?
In this section, we would be covering the educational requirements and the certification requirements as well as any other requirements which you need to have in order to become a nanny.
A degree as such is not necessary for becoming a nanny but if you’re having associate degree or some kind of certification in child care, you would get better employment opportunities when you’re starting to work as a nanny.
Most of the certification courses are offered at a short duration and therefore it is a good idea to follow them when you want to become a nanny.
You might need some basic certification is like that of First aid or CPR in order to start working as a nanny. This is for the safety of the child so that you are able to deal with the emergency situations as well.
This changes from one employer to another. Not all the employers require experience and that is why, you can start working as a fresher as well but at the same point of time, if you are having some experience, it would provide you with better employment opportunities as well.
While these skills which we would be speaking about are not necessarily required but if you’re possessing the skills, it would be better for your career.
1. You would surely need communication skills since you would need to communicate with the child as well as the parents as well.
2. You would need the instructional skills as well in order to make the child understand what you are communicating with the child and in order to understand the communication of the child as well.
3. You need a lot of patience as well since it is not easy to interact with children and often times, children would not be listening to you for a longer period of time and that is why, you need a lot of patience as well.
4. You would need a lot of energy in order to ensure that you are able to look after the children and you are able to follow the movements of the children for all the day around.
There are some basic requirements for becoming a nanny as well which we would be highlighting below.
1. You must be at least 18 years of age.
2. Your health should be fine and you should be free from any contagious diseases like tuberculosis.
3. You should not be having any past criminal record.
4. You should have a recent drug test done which tests negative.
These are some of the most basic requirements which you need to fulfill when you want to start working as a nanny.
Steps to take in order to work as a nanny:
If you are not yet started preparing for your career as a nanny, we would be highlighting some steps which are followed would lead to a successful career as a nanny.
Before you do anything else, you have to prepare yourself and therefore you have to gain as much experience in child care as possible. You can gain this experience by volunteering for the child care in your extended family.
This would also help you in getting references for future use as well which would enhance your employment prospects.
You have to actively volunteer in order to ensure that you are able to get such opportunities to gain experience in child care as well.
The next thing which you have to do is to ensure that you start your associate degree preparation and you enroll for the associate degree and other such certifications as well. This would enhance your resume and provide you with better employment opportunities as well.
You have to attend the additional parenting classes as well in order to ensure that you are able to better understand children.
Instead of waiting for your 1st employment opportunity, you have to join organisations like international nanny association which would ensure that you are able to not only get the support of other members working in the same career but if you are able to find out about the latest ways in which you can handle children responsibly as well. More employment opportunities would open up as well when you’re a part of such organisation.
You can also finish the additional classes like child development associate classes as well which would ensure that you are able to get better employment prospects.
So, when you’re thinking of becoming a nanny, these are the things which you need to look at and after looking at these things, you would be able to start your career as a nanny quite easily.