FAQs About Becoming A Nanny
Start writing a post
Student Life

FAQs About Becoming A Nanny

"A nanny is a little bit parent, little bit teacher, and a little bit best friend."

FAQs About Becoming A Nanny

What could be better than planning your own schedule, being paid a fair wage, and hanging out with kids all summer?

By becoming a nanny, you are given the freedom to spend your summer how you want to and make a difference in children's lives. The job comes with a unique sense of freedom and flexibility that should make anyone who likes children consider being a nanny.

What does it mean to be a nanny?

As a nanny, responsibilities include childcare, cooking, cleaning, picking kids up from school, tutoring, and is similar to the work of a camp counselor. I don’t stay overnight at the homes, but there are some nannies who do. Most summers I’ve worked from around 7am to 5pm, five days a week. During that time, I’m expected to create a fun, positive atmosphere for the children I’m caring for.

How do you become a nanny?

There are numerous sites that work with connecting families with potential nannies. One of the most popular of these sites is Care.com. This site allows people to post job listings and for potential nannies to describe themselves and what type of job they’re looking for.

I’ve heard from many friends that this site is super effective, but it’s not what I’ve used to find jobs. I have found that the best way to find a family to nanny for is by networking! A simple post on Facebook, or flyer at your dance studio or sports center can go a long way.

Am I qualified?

In order to be qualified for a nanny job, I would recommend babysitting first for shorter time periods to gain experience working with children. It’s also always helpful to take a babysitting class and become CPR certified for children and infants.

How’s the pay?

Unlike other jobs, the wage of a nanny can sometimes be up for negotiation.

According to Care.com, in 2016 a part-time nanny who works 40 hours/week should make roughly $14.12 an hour—about $565 per week. Of course, these numbers vary with state, experience, and whether the nanny lives in home with the family he/she works for.

Nannies are covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act, so they are required to be paid at least minimum wage. It's always important that a nanny is an active part in the conversation of wage and agrees with a family before starting work. In most cases, families are extremely generous and thankful for the extra help with their little ones.

What do I do with the kids?

Nannying is taxing because you have to be on your 'A game' and plan events for each day of the week. Similar to teaching, it helps if you have a "lesson plan" in the form of a schedule.

For example, most summers I assign an activity to do each day with the children (Mondays are library day, Tuesdays are beach day, etc.) This helps to provide consistency in their days and helps to make your life a little easier too.

It may seem daunting to be given so much freedom, but trust me, it's one of the best aspects of the job. If you're feeling overwhelmed, Pinterest can be a great source of ideas. Many nannies run their own pages to give advice of things that have worked for them and their kids. Any new nanny should definitely create a Pinterest board to have their own supply of helpful hints and tips.

Some helpful links:




From Your Site Articles
Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments