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Nanny Interview Series: Chatting with our #notjustananny, Kelly

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 – Kelly –

Tell us a little bit about how you decided to become a nanny?

As a kid, all I wanted to be was a mom. My mom has taught Sunday School since before I was born, and she was the one who helped me get started teaching Sunday School at the age of 12. I took it upon myself to create a class schedule and lesson plans, and it was the perfect opportunity to engage children and help them grow. I complied a box of necessities that I would bring to class to assist in teaching the 2 and 3 year olds.

In high school, I watched the staff’s kids before and after school, and worked in the nursery at most of the school events. I also took on my first babysitting gigs during this time, and was complimented on how great I was with kids. I honestly didn’t have much direction after high school, but fate had something special in store for me.

When I was 19, I got my first nanny position and loved it. At the time, I didn’t think that nannying was an actual career. I didn’t know anything about the industry, and I didn’t know any other nannies. Because I thought the natural progression was to go and work in a daycare, I did just that. I worked my way up to Director rather quickly, but I really missed being a nanny and went back to it after only a few years in daycare.

I eventually found INA and the nanny community and realized that I could make an actual career out of what I loved doing. I take every opportunity  to become the best nanny that I can be. Looking around, though I may not be a mom yet, I realize that I have exactly what I always wanted. Children to help raise. Nannying is the dream that I didn’t even know existed.

What experiences best prepared you for this career?

Teaching Sunday School and watching my schools staff’s kids helped prepare me for the start of my career. The classes, groups, and friends I have discovered along the way have helped shape me into the nanny I am today and set me on a path for the nanny I will be in the future.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?

The most challenging part of being a nanny is saying goodbye. There’s support, articles, and books to help you overcome problems that may arise in your position, but nothing prepares you for saying goodbye when the job is over. I have been very fortunate that most of the families I have worked for keep in touch, but it still hurts not being there every day. It is definitely difficult starting over with a new family.

How would you define success in your current position?

I just started my current position, but in my last position I had a lot of successful moments. I worked with special needs kids who had what I like to call “invisible” special needs. What I mean by that, is that their issues are something that you can’t see by just looking at them. Over the years, I saw these children grow leaps and bounds. One of the biggest successes we had was when the little boy, at the age 5, was finally able to recognize his letters and there sounds. That may not sound like a big deal to everyone, but to us, and him especially, it was a very big deal.

He was also struggling with teachers saying “he can’t sit still” and “he’s uncontrollable”. I realized he just needed someone to have a little patience and understanding. I worked with him everyday and he learned what he needed in order to get into a private kindergarten where he excelled. I remember the day that his acceptance letter came in the mail. We were all so excited and proud of him and even more, he was proud of himself. Those are the types of successes I work for.

How would you explain to a parent that you are “Not Just a Nanny”?

  • What are some of your best qualities that make you a great nanny and how does that explain you are “Not Just a Nanny”?

I see myself as a “need filler”.  I do not just come in everyday, work, then go home. I am constantly looking for ways to help the parents I work for engage the kids. In my last position, I went from a part-time fill in nanny to eventually being a full time family manager. I’m always looking for ways to help and became an invaluable part of their family team. I still manage the kids calendars, even though I am no longer their nanny.

  • Give us an example of when you feel you went the extra mile for a family/child(ren)?

With my previous family, I registered to be a volunteer at the school they went to. It was a requirement of each family of the school, but at the time, their parents were not able to. I offered to volunteer so they could meet their requirements. The kids loved it when I show up to their school, and I think it really helped the family out.

Nanny Interview Series: Chatting with our #notjustananny, Bree

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 – Bree –

Tell us a little bit about how you decided to become a nanny?

Ever since I was a little girl, I have always loved being around children. My mother was a School Psychologist, and then went on to become a Special Education teacher, which I think greatly impacted my love of watching children. When I was 10 years old, I became a mother’s helper for 1-year-old twin boys and watched them on the weekends while their parents did yard work, etc. From then on I have been consistently watching different children of all ages and have transitioned into becoming a full time nanny.

What experiences best prepared you for this career?

All through high school I would assist second graders who needed a little extra reading help after school on Wednesdays. Through this experience I became close with many of the kids I would read with. Watching them progress was so rewarding for me. I realized then how much I loved the one on one connection with kids, and being able to give them each specialized help.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?

Moving on when it’s time to find a new family. I become so connected to the kiddos I watch that I have a really hard time letting go.

How would you define success in your current position?

Watching the little dude I watch now meet developmental milestones is a huge definition of success. It may seem corny but watching the smile on his face when I walk in to wake him up in the morning makes me know I’m doing what I’m supposed to be. Another definition of success would be every time his parents thank me and tell me how much they appreciate me. It matters more than they know.

How would you explain to a parent that you are “Not Just a Nanny”?

  • What are some of your best qualities that make you a great nanny and how does that explain you are “Not Just a Nanny”?

I love children. I love just getting down on their level and playing with them whether it’s a job or just for fun. I am extremely organized so I often go through and take out all the clothes the children I have worked for have outgrown and separate them into different bags for donation. I love clean eating and I always try to make the kids I work with excited to eat healthy as well. I feel I am kind and have a big heart, and I think that’s something that is really important to teach the kids I work with as well. I love teaching them the importance of patience, compassion, treating everyone how you want to be treated, how to be polite, and the importance of self love. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world to be able to do what I love everyday.

  • Give us an example of when you feel you went the extra mile for a family/child(ren)?

I think a common trait of nannies is that we are very humble in our work. I think many of us go the extra mile daily, because we love what we do. Whether it be making the child’s parents a birthday card, cleaning up more than we need to, or offering to take the kids on our off days. I think it’s all a part of just really loving what we do for a living.

Nanny Interview Series: Chatting with our #notjustananny, Anet

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IMG_8870– Anet –

Tell us a little bit about how you decided to become a nanny?

I decided to become a nanny while I was studying child development in college. I found that growth and development of a child was an interesting and multifaceted area to witness in a child. I also found that I had a natural ability to connect with children through play.

What experiences best prepared you for this career?

My experiences in working with children in a clinical setting as well as my travels abroad have been a great advantage in learning to work with diverse children and families. In addition, my educational background has provided the foundation to understand developmental milestones of children, and value the family dynamics of each home.

 What’s the most challenging part of your job?

The most challenging part of my job is using my personal judgment to determine whether or not to engage with a child when the child’s parents are present. I believe that it is important for the children to bond and engage with their parents when possible, though it can be challenging to determine when to take charge and when to stay on the sidelines.

 How would you define success in your current position?

Success for me, is seen when the home is able to carry about efficiently and members in the family enjoy their time together. When the children are given appropriate attention in all areas of development and given an abundance of love, in turn the adults in the home are given an advantage to continue that well- being.in addition, when the parents of the household are flexible and appreciative of my time and efforts it makes it worth the long days.

How would you explain to a parent that you are “Not Just a Nanny”?

  •  What are some of your best qualities that make you a great nanny and how does that explain you are “Not Just a Nanny”?

I’m not just a nanny because I believe that as a nanny, your responsibility is to the HOME! Anything that you can do to make the home a more fluid and happy place, should happen without mention. A family always has ongoing changes and challenges, so the duties of a nanny should be flexible to mold around those changes. There are days when you need to be a support system for parents, and days where you take out the trash, or other days that you are a family photographer. It is a privilege to be part of a home, and that role is ever-changing to fit the needs of that time.

  • Give us an example of when you feel you went the extra mile for a family/child(ren)?

One incident that stands out for me, is when I was watching a 4 yr old swimming in the pool with his father. Though I could have taken a break during that time, I choose instead to stay nearby to take pictures and cheer on the little swimmer. In a split second, while father got distracted with a call, the child fell into the water and began struggling. Without a question of a doubt, I jumped in fully clothed, and helped him out of the water. Being attentive and observant are characteristics of going the extra mile, it being for small or large acts.

Nanny Interview Series: Chatting with our #notjustananny, Larissa

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  – Larissa –IMG_2650

 Tell us a little bit about how you decided to become a nanny?

It was 2000 I had just arrived to Los Angeles, when a family friend was in need of a sitter so I helped them, then that family led me to my first formal job with a family that was following the RIE approach, the rest is history!

What experiences best prepared you for this career?

My background for sure, the way I was raised and the important things I learned from my parents as I was growing up. However I think nothing really prepares you to do the job itself. To enter the heart of a family to care for their most precious gift is incredible. There are challenges like personalities, life styles, moral compasses, relatives, and so on, to be a nanny is to be able to get along and to build a relationship with this family, their children and their relatives.

Going back to the position, I was already a mom when I started my first nanny job, so I guess that helped a little, but I feel that I learned more while doing the job. I was fortunate that the first family I worked for introduced me to Magda Gerber and the RIE approach, in fact because of that I decided to make my living as a nanny alone, not an actress/nanny or dance teacher/nanny or assistant/nanny or housekeeper/nanny, no, a nanny alone; because I understood early the importance of the person who is helping shape the entire life of a human being. It is very well known that the first 5 years will shape the next 80.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?

The adults that see children as “cute little things” that they can handle the way they please. Or adults that say “It’s just a baby he doesn’t understand yet”, etc. It is a challenge to be gracious enough to try and make these adults understand the opposite.

How would you define success in your current position?

I have always said that a nanny’s success it is not measured by how much money she makes or how much travel she’s done but by the impact she’s made on a child’s life. I can see today the fruits of the eight years dedication to the children I care for, they are the most compassionate, sensitive, thoughtful, giving, selfless human beings always thinking about others and about giving.

How would you explain to a parent that you are “Not Just a Nanny”?

For the last seventeen years in every interview, I had said to parents: “I won’t be here to entertain your child and change his diapers I am here to support a natural and healthy development of your child. I will treat your child with respect and I will let him know everything I am doing unto him before I do it.” Then I will explain to the parents about RIE and its principles, although they didn’t understand fully they did like the ideas, and once I was hired they were able to see the unfolding of their baby and were grateful and amazed.

  •  What are some of your best qualities that make you a great nanny and how does that explain you are “Not Just a Nanny”?

One is experience, two my education, I invested in Early Childhood Education. I have been practicing the Educaring ™ approach (RIE) for the last seventeen years. I have also participated in all kinds of parenting courses, last year I went to Budapest to the Pikler Institute to learn for 2 weeks about how to care for infants 0 to 3 years old. I am also current on the latest research about brain development during the first 5 years of life, through blogs, videos and research institutions. Three, I am patience, compassionate, gentle and I have a servant’s heart, I am passionate about serving and helping others. I am not just a nanny, I am educating the parents and the child while I work. How I treat the child he will later treat the world.

  • Give us an example of when you feel you went the extra mile for a family/child(ren)?

I have gone the extra mile many times when I had to put my family and personal life aside in order to accommodate schedules, trips, holidays for the family I was working for.

Los Angeles National Nanny Training Day

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National Nanny Training Day is coming up!!!  NEXT Saturday, April 29th in Anaheim, CA.

Nannies from all over Southern California will be attending this event.  It’s going to be a blast learning from experts, growing your knowledge of the nanny industry, and networking with awesome nannies from Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Click the link below to buy your tickets:

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Nanny Interview Series: Chatting with our #notjustananny, Leslie

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– Leslie –

Tell us a little bit about how you decided to become a nanny?

When I was a little girl, all I dreamed about was caring for children in many forms as babysitter, auntie, mom and nanny. As time went on and my dreams unfolded into a beautiful story of caring for children I educated myself through many certifications, college psychology classes, early childhood education and many years of experience.

What experiences best prepared you for this career?

I see children and families as a meaningful and expressive masterpiece of mankind. I take it above and beyond to support families to thrive and become all that they desire to be.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?

The challenges that present themselves are opportunities for personal growth. The most challenging part of my job is to find balance between work, self-care and family.

How would you define success in your current position?

In my current position success is defined when the children and parents are thriving forward with all they desire and want as a family.

How would you explain to a parent that you are “Not Just a Nanny”?

  •  What are some of your best qualities that make you a great nanny and how does that explain you are “Not Just a Nanny”?

Some of my best qualities are also my weaknesses. I see children as amazing negotiators, problem solvers and an added person to the family as a whole. I like to give children choices among the adult decision. I like to help children achieve a strong voice with utmost respect for individuals.

  • Give us an example of when you feel you went the extra mile for a family/child(ren)?

When I’ve finished a position I help with a smooth transition with the family and the new nanny. I’ve helped in training the new nanny with the same caring style and consistency that fits the individual family.

Not Just a Nanny

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"Not Just a Nanny" LogoFor over 10-years, VIP Nannies and Household Staffing has found over 200 jobs for childcare providers every year. Every day, we are registering women (and men) who have a passion for the positive growth and development of children. These applicants, who have chosen a career as a nanny, newborn care specialist, or a house manager, are the backbone to families all over the world. Unfortunately, they don’t get recognized because they are household staff, rather than being employed in a high-rise building in downtown LA or the like.

I fight for exceptional salaries for the women (and men) I represent. Often times the salaries are double to triple minimum wage.  Just because these women do not sit behind a desk, or wear a suite and heals to work, does not mean they are not active, contributing members of society. They are RAISING our next generation of leaders. This is solely why we are so selective on who we (VIP Nannies Inc.) represenst. Women of all races, ethnicities and nationalities come to us to further their career. We have college educated teachers with Masters degrees, and many women who have made it their lifelong goal to be in the private-service industry.

Next time you think “she’s just a nanny” or “she’s just a babysitter”, think about who is helping take care of that Oscar winning actress’s children, while she shoots her movie in Atlanta, or that amazing Emmy winning actress who is shooting her TV show in Canada that requires a 14 plus hour work-day. If that VP of a major entertainment studio is working 12-hour days with back-to-back meetings, who is taking her children to school, picking them up, helping with dinner, and their homework? All of this so that when they grow up, they can go to an amazing college and become the next rising star in their industry.  A nanny is the heart and soul of children’s lives when moms & dads are busy making a difference in the world.

We need to stop marginalizing our teachers, or childcare providers, and call attention to the impact these women (and men) are making in the lives of our children.  In our industry the are not “just” a nanny, they are so much more!

~Rebecca Stewart

 

Interview Questions for Nannies

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INSIDER shared a great article listing quality questions that parents should be asking when interviewing nannies. The author of the article is a seasoned nanny, who goes in depth about why these 10 questions are helpful for any family.

1. What was your favorite memory with your last family/child?
2. If there was one skill/lesson you could teach our kid, what would it be?
3. Have you ever worked with a family that uses a parenting style you don’t agree with? How did you/would you dealt with it?
4. How would you make homework, meal time, bath time exciting or easier for a child who doesn’t like it?
5. How do you like to balance work and life?
6. What does being a nanny mean to you?
7. Are you comfortable working while I am (or the other parent is) around?
8. What long-term and short-term plans do you have?
9. How do you really feel about doing [this much] housework?
10. Make sure that you ask them to do a trial run.

Click here to learn more!

Happy 10th Anniversary to VIP Nannies Inc., Household Staffing

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MX160-500-069A-smlI recently read an article that quoted Steve Jobs in a speech he once gave where he said, “People with Passion Can Change the World.”  As I reflect on the 10-Year Anniversary of VIP Nannies Inc., Household Staffing,  his quote really resonated with me.

Ten years ago I took out a small business loan and started VIP Nanny Agency with a “Passion to provide quality nannies to take care of children.”    Did my family wonder what the heck I was about to embark on? Yes.  Were many friends questioning how I was going to make money? Absolutely.  Was my passion to find quality childcare providers contagious? YES, absolutely!  But as the business has grown and I have matured as a business owner, I realize my passion is so much more.

I’m passionate about connecting people!  I’m passionate about every single person who calls VIP Nannies or walks through the door having the same wonderful, loved, hand-held experience!  I’m passionate about every candidate really following THEIR true passion, desires, and dreams.  God bless every actress, singer, song-writer who “needs a job” but please get out of my office because we are PASSIONATE about finding people who truly LOVE working with children and who want to raise the next generation of leaders in our country.  Is that a big statement?  Yes.  Is it my passion? You guessed it.  It’s completely o.k to want a job or need a job but when you combine the desire with true passion- the money will come.

It has been a privledege, an honor, and a Joy serving thousands of VIP families throughout the world for the past 10 years and here’s a toast to 10 more plus!

 

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