A nanny or aupair takes care of one or more children, usually in a residential environment. Positions can be both full-time and part-time. Some positions will require the nanny to live in, and the nanny may be expected to be available at all times for the children being taken care of.
For infants and babies, the nanny will usually carry out basic duties, such as bathing and feeding. Nannies will play with older babies and toddlers to aid in their development. Potty-training is also carried out by the nanny. Older children will not only need the nanny to participate in interactive play but to help with homework. The nanny will often be expected to aid in the child’s emotional development. It is often essential to be certified in CPR and first aid. A patient and dependable individual is ideal for this job, as some children may be difficult to deal with. Housekeeping and cooking duties are often carried out by the nanny. The family being worked for will often have children of different ages, so knowledge of childhood development and appropriate child-raising techniques are important. It is helpful to be familiar with cuisine that is both healthy and appealing to younger people.
A driver’s license is often needed, as the nanny will transport the children to school and other activities. Some employers will provide the nanny with a car, while others will expect the nanny to have a reliable mode of transportation. A clean background check is also needed. Some employers require a high school diploma, while others require a degree in early childhood education or a similar field.
Nanny or Aupair Tasks
Transport children to and from school, play dates, and activities.
Ensure children’s health and safety and care for illnesses.
Work in a private home providing childcare, supervising children, keeping children entertained, and upholding family rules.
Prepare children’s meals, clean up after the children, do some of the family’s shopping, and perform light housekeeping.