Employed as live-in or live out, the role of a nanny is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for a child or children in his or her care. The best misconception is that a nanny is just a baby sitter. In fact the differences are vast. There are benefits to having a nanny rather than a child being placed into a childcare facility, the main being there is a consistent care giver, providing individual attention within a familiar environment- the home.A focus on personalised care and direct involvement with a child can offer a more suitable solution to working parent.
While many see the most famous nanny of them all Mary Poppins as the quintessential role model, there is a lot more to being a nanny than flying about with a brolly. The nanny will generally build personal relationships with the child, and depending on the nanny's engagement with the family, those relationships can last until adulthood.
Providing assistance including help with homework, light household duties, cooking and meal planning are some essential skills required by a nanny.
Specifics of the role would be discussed and negotiated between the employer and the family seeking such a contributor. Naturally, a demonstrated aptitude for child care is vital as is an ability to juggle the needs of the family on a consistent and regular basis.
A superior nanny is highly proactive, foreseeing potential issues, and conflict. A highly responsible and reliable person is a given in this industry.