Nannies care for children in private households and provide support and expertise to parents in satisfying children’s physical, emotional, intellectual, and social needs. Duties may include meal planning and preparation, laundry and clothing care, organization of play activities and outings, discipline, intellectual stimulation, language activities, and transportation.
General tasks that Nannies perform include:
Performing first aid or cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) when required
Regulating children’s rest periods and nap schedules
Meeting regularly with parents to discuss children’s activities and development
Helping prepare and serve nutritionally balanced meals and snacks for children
Instructing children in safe behavior, such as seeking adult assistance when crossing the street and avoiding contact or play with unsafe objects
Organizing and conducting age-appropriate recreational activities, such as games, arts and crafts, sports, walks, and play dates
Observing children’s behavior for irregularities, take temperature, transport children to doctor, or administer medications, as directed, to maintain children’s health
Modeling appropriate social behaviors and encouraging concern for others to cultivate development of interpersonal relationships and communication skills
Working with parents to develop and implement discipline programs to promote desirable child behavior
Helping develop or monitor a family schedule
Nannies are required to have a high school degree or its equivalent, though a Bachelor’s degree is preferred. Related child-care experience and trainings are highly preferred.