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How To Write A Great Nanny Job Application

There’s a lot of demand for the best nanny jobs these days so here are some tips on how to write a great nanny job application.

When you are writing any job application, it pays to be succinct, informative and always professional. These are traits every nanny should remember when applying for a job.

Writing a great nanny job application will help you get to the interview stage, and ensure you’re seen in the best light when applying for your ideal position.

 

Reference the advertised position

When applying for a job, reference the job ad in your application. Start any application letter by introducing yourself and stating that you are applying for the advertised role. The rest of the letter will essentially be about your experience and suitability for the particular position, which is why each application needs to be tailored.

 

Whatever you do, don’t use the same application letter each time. A tailored application shows you have a strong interest not just in nannying, but in working for this particular family. It needs to be personalised i.e. if parents mention the name(s) of their children then you should also mention them in your application. It shows you have read the job ad thoroughly and will give you a huge advantage over other nannies who are also applying.

Also make sure you apply for quite a few jobs as well to improve your chances. A lot of the best nanny jobs ads are receiving over 20 applicants at the moment so competition is high.

Application Letter

An application should always lists your qualifications and relevant experience. The letter is where you include other details such as why you are interested in this position, and why you believe you are suitable.

 

Do be professional in what you write, keep to the point, and whatever you do, don’t waffle, use jargon, or be too casual.

 

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Rather than just listing experience, enhance your application by including a description of what previous roles entailed. Instead of just saying childcare for two boys for instance, be specific. Include the ages of the children and duties such as picking them up from school, park excursions and meal preparation.

 

If you have a knack for creative arts, don’t be shy in mentioning it. Anything that’s varied and positive can help demonstrate your skills and experience.

 

Be positive about your assets

While you don’t want to appear conceited or arrogant, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with highlighting your strengths. If you have been told many times that you are organised and efficient, say so. If you are passionate about always being on time, you might mention that too.

 

A final word

To summarise, the letter is the place to succinctly say why you are applying for this role, what you’ve done previously that makes you suitable, and to clarify your available hours and other relevant details.

 

Above all, you need to be enthusiastic, positive and polite, and you do need to be genuine. Any prospective family is going to want to hear in your nanny application just what you love about being a nanny, and why you want to work for them!

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The Essential List Of What To Leave Your Babysitter

It’s both daunting and exciting tasting freedom for the first time after having a baby. Ok, freedom may seem a tad melodramatic, and of course there’s nothing better than spending time with your child, but you’ve got to admit that for sanity’s sake, some solely adult time is pretty important.

 

Once you’ve chosen a babysitter, there’s one more step that can help everything go smoothly, and ensure you’re not stressing the entire time you’re away from home.

 

Here’s our guide for what to leave your babysitter, so you’re not left in dire panic mode!

 

Phone numbers

It may seem obvious but you’d be surprised how many people forget to leave a full list of essential phone numbers. As a guide, your essentials phone list should include:

  • Emergency numbers (ambulance, police, fire).
  • Mother’s work number and mobile.
  • Father’s work number and mobile.
  • Other relevant numbers (such as trusted neighbours, family doctor, close relative).

 

Family details

It’s a good idea to write down the family details, including the full names of mother, father and all children. Include the children’s ages. It’s also very important to write down (and obviously discuss) any medical conditions, medications or allergies.

 

Schedule

While you’ll no doubt go through the schedule with your babysitter face-to-face, it can be a lot of information to take in at once and writing it down gives them something to rely on.

 

Include meal times, bath time and of course, bed times. We all know children don’t run to the clock, but trying to keep to a usual schedule will make it easier, both for the children, and the babysitter.

 

Household list

You might also write down a list of where to find basic items in the house. Band-Aids, extra toilet paper, spare pyjamas in the case of an accident?

 

While you know where everything is kept, your new babysitter is not going to. They may not need anything on the list the first, or first few visits, but it’s good to keep it as a backup for that one-off incident further down the track.

 

A thankyou

You are likely to be paying your babysitter so this is not essential, but it can be nice to leave them a treat for when they have got the children to bed – a piece of cake, some biscuits and cheese, or even a DVD or magazines. And no, a bottle of wine is never a good idea when they’re on childcare duty !

 

Can you add to this list? What do you leave for a babysitter?

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Nanny, Babysitter or Au Pair ? What is right for you ?

So you’ve made it through the birth and early childhood. Phew. Once you have your head back on track ( it usually comes with the return of sleep glorious sleep ! ) you might find you’re starting to think about regular help.

You might be toying with the idea of an au pair, a nanny or even a semi-regular babysitter. If you’re not sure which one is the best option for you, read on.

What is the difference between them ?

Babysitters are hired as needed, they are often younger, and are not generally going to have childcare qualifications (although some do). You might find a babysitter through word of mouth, local advertising or a specialised babysitter website. Teenage children of friends, relatives or neighbours are a popular choice, but some do like to hire those with a bit more experience.

Nannies are more likely to be qualified and have chosen childcare as a career. Positions also tend to be permanent for a set number of days/nights per week. When you hire a nanny, you become an employer, and as such should have a signed contract.

Au pairs tend to sit somewhere between nannies and babysitters. They are often younger (in their 20’s) but many have basic childcare experience. Au pairs are often live-in, and will frequently be international travellers. An au pair is looking both to care for children and to gain a cultural experience at the same time.

Which is right for you ?

Well, nannies, babysitters and au pairs are all people who you can hire to look after your children. To work out which is the best option for you, you really need to sit down (with a nice cup of tea and your feet up) and write down what exactly you’re looking for.

Is it that you need someone to care for your child or children during the day while you work, pick them up after school, or be there for the occasional evening that you go out? Do you also need them to help cook and clean?

Think about how many hours per week you need, how regularly you need help, and how comfortable you are with both qualified and unqualified carers.

Practicalities make perfect

Of course, you also need to be practical. You might be currently picturing the nanny in your household who has your children fed, bathed and acting beautifully, but you really need to think if it’s an option.

Do you have a spare room for them? How would the other members of your family feel about live-in help? Can you actually afford them?

Yep, there’s plenty to think about, but the good news is that there are wonderful carers out there working as nannies, au pairs and babysitters. So once you know who you want, you’re ready to start the search.

 

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How To Write The Perfect Nanny Job Ad

For anyone looking to find a nanny it’s worth understanding that your search starts the moment you sit down to write your job ad. And that ad might make a world of difference in the sort of candidates that apply.

 

Just as you probably wouldn’t be inclined to apply for a job if the ad was very casual, lacking details or full of spelling mistakes, so too, if you advertise using a badly worded ad, you’re not likely to attract the best nannies.

 

So how to write the perfect nanny job ad ?

 

Start with the title

Your nanny job ad title should be a clear and concise summary of exactly who you are looking for. To narrow down the field, and avoid wasting everyone’s time, put as much detail as you can in the title, while being as succinct as possible.

 

An ad saying ‘nanny required three full days (M-W) for 4yr old boy’ is much more useful than something along the lines of ‘nanny needed’ or ‘looking for babysitter’.

 

Include details

When writing the body of the nanny job ad, also include as much detail as possible. This might include hours, days, number of children, ages and your suburb or region, but it could also include any specifics you have in mind.

 

If you definitely need someone with a driver’s licence, now‘s the time to say so. If you’ll need someone who can cook include that too. And absolutely mention cleaning if required, because for most nannies, this is definitely not part of the usual job description. Requiring nannies to use their own car ( and car seats ) is fine but this will definitely reduce the number of applicants you receive. If possible allow the nanny to use your car or if this is not an option then offer to pay for petrol or pay a slightly higher hourly rate to cover the nanny’s petrol and car maintenance expenses.

 

Be professional

If you’re hoping to find a nanny who is qualified, experienced and fabulous all-round, then it pays to be professional. If you write a nanny job ad that’s solely in point form or full of jargon, you may turn off the best candidates.

 

Use full sentences, proper grammar and yes, do check your ad for spelling mistakes !

 

Be clear and honest

Be as clear and honest in the nanny job ad as you can be. Don’t for instance, say something along the lines of ‘excellent salary’ if you’re not aware of the going rates. You will need to research all aspects of the position before you advertise to find a nanny, to make sure you are clear on just what you are able to offer.

 

It’s perfectly easy to write a great nanny job ad with a little practise. Don’t worry if it takes a few drafts, and do be sure to have a few other people read it. Often a second pair of eyes can see something you hadn’t noticed, or something obvious you might have inadvertently forgotten.

 

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Nanny Contract : Do You Really Need One ?

If you’re looking to hire a nanny and have not considered a contract, let’s get one thing straight. You need one.

 

A nanny contract might seem a bit formal, but there’s nothing more serious than leaving your children in the hands of someone else. Think professionally from day one, and you’re much more likely to find a fabulous nanny who is a perfect fit for your family.

 

So why exactly do I need a nanny contract ?

When you hire a nanny you are legally an employer, and a written agreement is essential to safeguard the employer/employee relationship. A contract will clearly set out every aspect of the role. Having a nanny contract will help ensure you’re both on the same page, and most importantly, an agreement is vital in the event of any issues.

 

And what should I include in it ?

A nanny contract is essentially like any other employment contract. As such it should cover all the usual bases – job description, salary, and leave. There will also be inclusions that are very specific to the role, and this is where your child care agreement can be tailored.

 

As a guideline, a nanny contract might include:

  • Hours.
  • Salary, including overtime and deductions (you will need to deduct tax).
  • Payment method.
  • Leave – annual and sick.
  • Expenses (will you provide petty cash or reimburse expenses?)
  • Detailed role description (specific childcare needs, cooking, cleaning).
  • Schedule or timetable.
  • Guidelines for outings.
  • Guidelines for discipline (obviously this is also best discussed prior to hiring the nanny).
  • Length of trial period.
  • Anything else specific to your particular arrangement (do you travel frequently for instance, and require flexible hours?)

 

Once you have your nanny contract ready, sit down with your nanny to go through it together. Once both parties know what is expected then you should both sign it.

 

I’m really not that fussed about a contract. What could go wrong ?

Well, we’re glad you asked now ! While most of the time everything works out there are still times, due to lack of communication ( and a nanny contract ), that problems arise.

 

Let’s just say you’re held up at work for two hours or longer. Will the nanny be expecting overtime? Do you expect them to simply take time in-lieu? What if you have a major disagreement over discipline, or something as simple as you’re unhappy with the snacks the nanny has been giving your children? Do you have a right to dismiss them? Not likely. And you really don’t want to go down that track in any case.

 

A child care agreement is an important safeguard, and can prevent a lot of issues from arising.

 

If you think you’ve found a good nanny, you no doubt want to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible from the beginning. And that’s where good communication – and a nanny contract – can make a world of difference.

 

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