Here are some things to consider when you think about your growth as a professional nanny:
* How do you feel about what you do?
* Do you see yourself as a professional nanny?
* How do your employers treat you?
* How do your employers’ friends and family treat you?
Many of our feelings of self worth come from our employers. How you see yourself has a lot to do with how others treat you. Whether you realize it or not, people do see you, and they watch you. It may be a friend of your employer who recognizes the children, or it may just be someone who knows you are a nanny. Everywhere you go — the local playgroups, the shops, the school, the park — you never know where you’re going to meet someone whom you know or someone who knows you.
You may be the only nanny someone knows. You are a representative of nannies everywhere. You owe it to each other to always conduct yourselves as professionals, no matter where you are.
I know it’s hard to feel professional when you have no office, wear casual clothes to work, and get paid to read books, play peek-a-boo, and go to the zoo. You have no lunch hour except naptime (which your charges eventually outgrow!), often this time is used to do some cooking or ironing for the children in your care. There is no one in the next room to whom we can run over and tell a joke, and your real bosses are usually under the age of five! As important as your work is, it’s extremely isolating and lonely at times. A nanny who is not happy is not going to do a very good job. It’s important for you to take care of yourself and to make sure your needs are met.
Nannies need to have a life outside of their job. Nannies also need to find other nannies with whom they can network. No one understands your frustrations like a nanny does; not because they don’t want to, but because they don’t do what you do. Nannies can offer support to each other and can help each other work out solutions to problems.
No matter what brought you to this profession, whether you went down the route of a formal qualification in childcare or just had childcare experience, finding a job was only the beginning of being a nanny. If you want to learn and grow as a professional, you must work on your professional development. It is important to strive in this career and not just presume there will always be a job out there for you. There is alot of competition out there and you want to be the best!
It’s important to keep abreast of what’s going on in the field of child care and child development. There are several ways you can do this:
* Read Child Care Books.
* Keep your First Aid up-to-date
* If you have little or no experience with certain age groups, do a course to give you knowledge and help you become more confident in these areas
* Make sure you have a current CRB
* If you have access to a computer, check out the Internet. There are web pages for nannies, nanny message boards, and even nanny chat rooms.
How Nurturing Nannies can help you :
We can process your CRB
We run regular First Aid Courses
We hold training courses for nannies to extend their knowledge on all age groups and dilemmas , from baby workshops to successful toilet training in 7 days.
If you have moved to a new area and are struggling to meet new nanny friends, give us a call and we will give you numbers of local nannies.
The more you know about your profession, the more secure you’ll be in who you are. When you see yourself as a professional … others will too.