For parents and guardians, nannies are life-savers, providing care for children on an ongoing or short-term basis. Employed either as live-in or live-out nannies meaning living inside or outside of clients' homes or in child-care agencies, individuals in this field look after the well-being and physical and social development of children of varying ages, though some may specialize in a particular age group. Maternity nannies, for example, focus on the care of newborn babies.
Depending on the employer and age group of children, nannies may assist parents with child care, perform household duties, dress, feed, change, and bathe children, cook meals, take the children on outings, transport them to and from school, help children with school work, entertain and play with them, organize activities, discipline children, and in some cases teach them basic skills like reading or writing.
Nannies are responsible for performing many tasks around a home or care facility while always keeping an eye on the child or children in their care. Nannies must maintain a safe and healthy environment in the home and first aid training is regularly required. Nannies should also be responsible, trustworthy, and compassionate. In addition to a love of children, they should have a particular interest in their social and personal development. You'll need:
- Ability to multitask while monitoring children
- An awareness of potential dangers to children
- A basic knowledge of first aid for children
- High levels of energy and stamina