A Professional Nanny is a residential staff member who is charged with caring for the children in a household. Nannies must provide educational, emotional, and behavioral support and ensure a safe and clean environment.
See below “Recommended Practices for Nannies.” – International Nanny Association. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 July 2013.
The individuals who choose to make the care of children their life’s work, come from a wide variety of backgrounds and experience but all share the desire to make a difference in a child’s life. Whether in support of working parents, as a partner with an at-home parent, or as sole charge of the children, Career Nannies are first and foremost, loving, nurturing and supportive. Their duties range from the simplest:
- changing diapers
- preparing healthy food
- Keeping the child’s room and clothing clean and organized
- Shopping for the children’s clothing, books, toys etc.
- Driving children to various destinations
To the most demanding:
- Knowledge of all of the phases of childhood development from infancy through school-age
- Monitoring the development of fine motor skills
- Assisting children with reaching developmental milestones (potty training, sleep training, etc)
- Language acquisition
- The development of interpersonal relationships with siblings and peers
- Engaging in creative play
- And more!
Career Nannies, whether they live in or live out, are always totally dedicated to the needs of the family and are flexible with hours, days off and travel requirements. In addition to having hands-on nanny experience, some have advanced degrees and some are just naturals. Nannies must also be prepared for the physical demands that the position entails as they are often on their feet for long hours. Being a Nanny is a profession that can be extremely rewarding, as you are able to form special bonds with the children under your care.
- Full time Nannies work approximately 40-55 hours a week on a schedule that is flexible to the parent’s needs.
- Part-time Nannies work 20-30 hours a week, also on a flexible schedule.
- Career Nannies are CPR and First Aid trained.
“Recommended Practices for Nannies.” – International Nanny Association. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 July 2013.
“There are three main models of nanny care. These include custodial care, coordinated care and surrogate care
In the custodial care model, the nanny’s role is limited to meeting the children’s physical and emotional needs during their parents’ absence. In this model, the parents manage the children’s day by providing the nanny with specific guidance. A nanny who provides custodial care will not have input into the child’s scheduling or activities and does not have a voice regarding childrearing practices or parenting philosophies.
In the coordinated model of nanny care the nanny’s role is to be a team player in raising the children. Nannies who engage in the coordinated model of care are viewed as true parenting partners. Nannies in this model have a voice when it comes to childrearing practices and parenting philosophies. Their input is not only sought, but highly valued by the parents. These nannies tend to be full charge nannies who are given the freedom to make the day to day decisions regarding the children’s activities and outings.
In the surrogate model of nanny care, the nanny’s role is to be the primary care giver for the children. In this model of nanny care, the nanny may have limited interaction with her employers and may be left to make almost all decisions for the children in her care. Nannies who engage in the surrogate model of care may work for parents who travel extensively, or work in highly demanding jobs and need a guardian type of caregiver to tend to the children while they are away. “
A Governess is a residential staff professional who is responsible for the education, manners and etiquette of the children in a household. A Governess usually holds a teaching degree and is able to create a full curriculum focused on the unique needs of the individual children in their care. Some children may attend a traditional school in addition to being taught by their governess; others will be schooled only at home, though there may be check-ins and tests with local schools or satellite educators who can correspond via email, telephone, or mail. An individual holding a Governess position usually provides non-educational care for their charges as well.
These tasks may include:
- Preparing and overseeing healthy meals and eating habits
- Laundry and wardrobe maintenance, organizing closets
- Maintaining the cleanliness of children’s rooms and toys
- Light tidying up/cleaning duties
Governesses leave a lasting impression with the children under their care. Often they remain in contact well into the children’s post adolescence years. Being able to have such a lasting impression and influence on children comes with great responsibility!
If your family is looking to hire a qualified Governess, consider working with a Governess agency like Pavillion Agency Inc. Get started by filling out our application.