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Career Story: Nanny And Early Childhood Educator

Nanny And Early Childhood Educator

Job Title: Nanny/Ece Educator

Type of Company: I am currently a private Nanny for three families.

Education: M.Ed Cambridge College •• BS in ECE (Early Childhood Education) Salem State College

Previous Experience: I directed child care programs from 1988 - 2002 including Headstart and a few large agencies in the area. I also owned my own for 8 years. After directing, I returned to the classroom before becoming a private Nanny.

Job Tasks: My main responsibilities are the safety, education and well being of five children ages 6, 5, 2, 2, and 1.

I usually arrive at 8 am and help the "host" family with the transition of the 6 year old to kindergarten. The other children arrive and I serve breakfast and then we are off to museums, playgrounds or a music class. I work from one of the families' homes and all the other children come to me here.

I have been with the host family for almost seven years adding families to the yearly contract as needed. I also pick up the 5 and 6 year old from two different schools after napping the other three toddlers. I have also realized that not only am I responsible for the children but have become somewhat of a house manager and parent educator also helping with the needs of the whole family as professional parents travel for work related needs.

One of my favorite aspects of the job is language development for infants and toddlers and the development of friendships begun in infancy and followed through by all of the adults to maintain this relationship even if the children move to a different state. I also do a developmental journal for each child monthly including text and photos. The oldest child now has about 13 of them - a true documentation of her life from infancy to 6 years old and counting. This has been the most comforting and rewarding educational position of my career.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of the job is watching each child in my care become an individual and what makes them happy on a daily basis.

The worst part of the job can be the differing schedules and demands that the families needs at times and feeling guilty if I call out sick...this does not happen often.

Job Tips: Find the family that best understands your teaching methods for both children and adults. Remember that you are a professional educator of children 0 to 3 years of age and maintain that respect. Enjoy each and every nuance of the children and make sure to share those pieces and milestones with your families.

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