Introduction to the 21st Century Nanny


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Introduction to the 21st Century Nanny

  1. 1. Goals of the course • Learn about key areas including professional development, child development, • Has the social, emotional, tools to create a welcoming environment for the child in her care • Build on the social, emotional, mental, and physical well being of a child in her care • Create a support group and mentorship that she can create virtually or physically from any location
  2. 2. This course features • Pop quizzes that test concepts • Tests that present case scenarios, videos, and ask for your reaction • Video sessions and group sessions with classmates • An exit interview to become certified • Coaching session and follow up call
  3. 3. Module 1: Beginner Certification Course (Beginner Module for Nannies with 0-1 years of experience) Helen Adeosun Founder of SitterCycle
  4. 4. Lesson 1 • What is a nanny? • What skills do I need to be a nanny? • What skills do I have?
  5. 5. Part 1: What is a nanny? • Generally considered to be a professional entrusted to provide care for children long term • May work part time to full time, but generally 4050 hours a week • Live in/live out • Entrusted with the physical, emotional , intellectual development of a child • Difference between a nanny and babysitter: More time and responsibility
  6. 6. The “ideal nanny”
  7. 7. Real nannies • There are roughly 1-2 million reported professional nannies employed • Nannies are diverse; 54% of nannies come from communities of color • Education ranges from some high school to a graduate school equivalent---increasingly college • Most work with children in different capacities Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, O*NET Online, Nannies, on th Internet at (visited November 30, 2010). National Domestic Workers Aliance
  8. 8. The ideal nanny • Isn’t necessarily Mary Poppins • Doesn’t come in one shape, size, or personality type • Can range according to the skills, experience, and philosophies of the nanny • Also depends of the ever changing needs and fit with a family • In short, there are many “ideal” nannies
  9. 9. The Traits of Highly Effective Nannies • Desire for professionalism including formal continuing education • Organized and the ability to schedule and plan with families • Communicative with parents and other adults that are crucial in the lives of the children in their care and of course with their children • Flexibility and resourcefulness working with families
  10. 10. Ask yourself the following before becoming a nanny • Can I work with children for several hours consecutively? • Do I know how to provide for the care and development of a child? • Am I a reliable professional? • Do I genuinely feel that I can care for and nurture a child?
  11. 11. Answer these questions!
  12. 12. Can I work with children • Children at different ages require different levels of attention and energy • Typical care years infant to 7 years
  13. 13. Do I know how to provide for the care and development of a child? • Ongoing learning and practice based on experience and education – Included knowledge of best practices such as RIE (Resources Infant Educarers) informed care – Updating your knowledge about new child health concerns
  14. 14. Summary of Lesson 1 • Nannies are professionals entrusted with the care, safety, and development of children • Professional nannies have the opportunity to work part time but can expect to work full time from 40-50 hours a week • There is no ideal nanny- you can be your ideal!
  15. 15. Lesson 2: Goals and Skills Before You Start • Nannies are unique • There are pre-requisite skills needed to become a nanny they include: – Experience in some capacity with children – Valid driver’s license or form of identification – CPR/First Aid Certification • On going professional development
  16. 16. Getting CPR Question on the screen: Have you gotten CPR? Check box - Redirects to a screen to American Red Cross Training
  17. 17. What if I don’t have a lot of experience? • A lot of pre-requisites can easily be acquired with the exception of experience • How do you get experience?
  18. 18. What counts as experience? • Experience changes according to context and the needs of a family – For example, a family that posts in an ad that they are looking for a nanny that speaks French and Spanish are seeking a different set of skills than the traditional “experienced” nanny – A family with a special needs child would look for a nanny that has worked with children in a special needs setting
  19. 19. What counts as Experience? • In the case of the family seeking a French and Spanish speaking nanny. We can guess they will be weighing the following: [picture] – Can she communicate in French and Spanish? – Can engage the child in language development? – Does she have some childcare experience? – Is she a safe nanny certified in CPR and First Aid (if needed a clean driving record)?
  20. 20. You do have experience! • The world of professional nannies is highly competitive field experience, nannies need differentiators or “special sauce” • Childcare skills can be found in different ways including but not limited to – Caring for siblings or relatives – Working in a Childcare setting or tutoring – Doing some occasional babysitting
  21. 21. You do have experience! • The most important part is connecting your skills to the needs of the family • All potential nannies have skills they can communicate Complete the next exercise to assess your skills
  22. 22. SitterCycle Skills Assessment Directions: Use the notes section to document your skills and interests. Keep this exercise in mind as you develop your resume!
  23. 23. SitterCycle Skills Assessment List your complete job experience/education below and the skills or characteristics associated with each position: Experience: Day care center substitute teacher Skills and Characteristics Needed: Flexibility and planning skills for activities, Experience: cashier at Macy’s Skills and Characteristics Needed: Experience organizing clothes, customer service experience, professional skills and working with adults Experience: Skills and Characteristics Needed: Experience: Skills and Characteristics Needed: Experience: Skills and Characteristics Needed:
  24. 24. SitterCycle Skills Assessment Reflect on your personal strengths and experiences, write in your notes section any of the additional traits that you possess. Business/entrepreneurial Bookkeeping Reliable Hospitality Customer service Organization Administration Housekeeping Creative Nutrition Food/cooking Confident Psychology Teaching Problem solver Social work Traveling Communication Special needs Religious Curiosity Health care Military Patience Childcare Athletic Multitasking Parenting Infant care Team building skills Graphic design Foreign language Outgoing Crisis management First aid/ CPR Diligent
  25. 25. SitterCycle Skills Assessment Choose your 3 strongest qualities from the previous exercises and explain how this qualities might make you a strong nanny. Trait/Skill 1: Trait/Skill 2: Trait/Skill 3:
  26. 26. Based on your Skills Assessment… • You are a unique candidate for a nanny job. • Parents often have requirements that include the typical requests (first aid certification, transportation, etc.) but you may have more skills to bring to the job and make you very qualified • You can draw from skills based on your jobs, interests, and previous care experiences
  27. 27. Reminder of Skills Needed • CPR/First Aid Training
  28. 28. Lesson 2 Summary: Assessing your skills • When applying for jobs as a nanny, you not only want to communicate that you’re interested, but that you are uniquely qualified • Use previous jobs, interests, skills, and a broad range of experience to communicate what makes you special • Make sure you have the prerequisites including CPR, First Aid Training, and if necessary a valid driver’s license
  29. 29. Having trouble thinking of skills? • Brainstorm with other nannies in our forum to complete this assignment and remember, we’re here to help! • In the next section, based on your skills and interest we will assess your goals
  30. 30. Setting Your Career Goals • Based on the INA (how long does the average nanny stay in the field) • What are your plans while in this field? • Careers that nannies transition into include
  31. 31. Growing in Nannying • Types of Nannies • Household Manager • Owning Your Own Agency
  32. 32. Growing Out of This Field • • • • Teaching Working in Daycare Centers Parent Consulting Training and Entrepreneurship
  33. 33. Why do we care so much about goal setting? • Video of Helen and Goal setting response
  34. 34. Description of SMART GOALS SMART goals are mnemonic that make goals even more real • Specific • Measureable • Actionable • Realistic • Time-bound
  35. 35. Description of SMART GOALS • Specific- Highly targeted • Measureable- Knowing how you can see it grow • Actionable- You can do something right now • Realistic- Can be achieved • Time-bound- The deadline to achieve it
  36. 36. Let’s Look at Examples An Example: Lena a child development major in college, is looking to apply her knowledge from her major and looking to nanny infants specifically and eventually specialize in caring for infants
  37. 37. Lena’s Goal Become a nanny for a family in the local area with an infant.
  38. 38. Let’s Get Specific
  39. 39. Specific Become a nanny for a family in the local area with an infant. Become a nanny using skills from my child development background and based on my experience with infants previously
  40. 40. How can we measure it?
  41. 41. Measurable • I will need this position by the time the school year ends in May 2014. I will interview with a one nanny agency a week and find out what I need to do to prepare
  42. 42. Attainable • I will start meeting current nannies and asking how else I can broaden my search and prepare for a position as a nanny
  43. 43. Relevant • I will look into how my current classes give me some insight into working with a family with an infant. • As a student of child development it means a lot to be able to apply the knowledge into a field that is very applicable
  44. 44. Time bound • I have until graduation to find the right position with a family and it’s enough time for me to know whether to stay here or look in another city
  45. 45. Your Turn! • You know what skills you have based on the last section. Let’s apply that to creating your own SMART GOAL. • You can always come back to refine your smart goal