This can include making bottles for babies or meals for toddlers
As a nanny, it’s part of your job to keep the kids entertained. This can be done by arranging play dates, outings and other fun stuff.
This includes driving the kids to school, sport events or other after school activities.
You might need to clean up after the kids and do tasks such as laundry or washing dishes.
You can do this by bathing them and making sure that they are wearing clean clothing.
Depending on how old the kids are, you might need to help them with homework or make sure they complete their work.
What to Study
What is a Nanny?
Nannies are childcare professionals that take care of the children in-house, meaning outside of aftercare services. Normally taking care of day-to-day tasks and some tasks around the house. Often nannies are live-in and provide additional support to the parents. Their duties heavily depend on the agreement between the nanny and the family or agency. Below we explore the duties you will have.
Qualifications Needed to Become a Nanny
No official qualification is required but it is advised to have an Educare qualification. The higher the qualification the more opportunity for placement will you have and the higher your salary. Other qualifications might be requested depending on the family like First Aid.
So what are Educare qualifications and where to get it? Educare is a qualification that prepares you to work with children in a variety of positions. It teaches you what improves child development and lays the foundation for further study into the Educare field. The course is broken into 3 accredited courses. With each building on the previous one. Namely:
- National Certificate N4 Educare
- National Certificate N5 Educare
- National Certificate N6 Educare
These courses can be done through distance learning or at educational institutions. But, studying through distance learning gives you the opportunity to build up your experience while studying from home or while the kids you are taking care of are in school or at play dates. Start making your dream of working with children a reality now with Skills Academy distance learning courses.
The Difference Between a Babysitter and Nanny
While both Nannies and Babysitters provide childcare, the Nanny is a stable day-to-day childcarer and the Babysitter is a temporary childcarer. The babysitter only provides childcare when the family requires them and the Nanny will provide more around the clock care. The Nanny gets paid more than a babysitter. Let’s look at how much a babysitter gets paid.
How Much Does a Nanny Earn?
Many factors influence how much nannies gets paid. Factors ranging from the duties to the qualifications. The more qualified you are the more you get paid. That being said, the average salary is R 6784 according to Payscale.
The more experienced and qualified nannies earn well over R12 000 per month. To reach this bracket of income start your education through Skills Academy while working on getting experience.
What Skills are Needed to be a Nanny?
Having a passion to work will children is what drives nannies to the career. On top of the love for children most nannies get great pleasure from the career as their skills align with the career. These are the skills needed to be a nanny:
- Good communication
These skills, qualifications, and experience will make you a great nanny.
Different Types of Nanny’s
Now that you decided to be a nanny you need to know what types of nannies careers there are. To find the one best suited to you.
A Full-time Live-out Nanny
Does not stay with the family but provides daily care to the children.
When the parents only need assistance a few days a week and in most cases after school only.
Lives with the family and the responsibilities are the same as a live-out nanny.
Where 2 families share one nanny. This gives the children more social gathering with other children.
Take care of the kids during the night for families that parents are away or work nights.
Male Nannie (Mannies)
Not all nannies are female. This is male nannies with the same responsibility as a female nannies.
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Author: Lucrisia Benjamin
Last updated: May 7, 2020