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How to Get a Nanny Job with The Nanny Solution

 

The Nanny Solution is known for providing trust-worthy, high-end childcare. As such, we have the most rigorous screening process in the industry — with only 10% of applicants making it through to Round 2. If you are interested in applying for a nanny job and having a nanny interview through our agency, we highly recommend reviewing these useful tips to help you stand out from all the other qualified candidates. 

Read the job postings thoroughly

Before you apply for a position, be sure to read the job description thoroughly and make sure you have the specific skills and qualifications required for the position (e.g., driving, Early Childhood Education, etc.). The more information you provide, the better.

Be open to other positions

You may have your heart set on one specific job, but it is important to keep an open mind and pursue other opportunities as well. We receive numerous applications for each position, and each family is at different stages of the interview process, so your odds of being placed with a family increase if you are open to applying for multiple positions. You never know, your second or third choice may end up being the family you fall in love with!

Own your strengths and skills

What makes you exceptional? When applying for a Nanny position, it is important to be honest, but there’s no need to be modest. Let us know about all of your childcare experience, education, and other qualifications. What are your special skills? What are your passions? These are the things that will make you stand out against other candidates.

Write an outstanding résumé

Your résumé gives us our first glimpse into who you are as a professional Nanny. It helps us determine whether to consider you for the position and invite you to an interview or not. Please make sure your résumé is up to date and has all of your childcare experience listed, including the ages of the children you worked with, duties, and employment dates (please note that we recognize not only nannying, but also babysitting, volunteering, coaching, tutoring, teaching, etc., as all are relevant childcare experiences). You can also use this sample résumé for reference.

Make your social media accounts private

Being a professional Nanny means ensuring that your online social media presence is professional as well. As it is becoming increasingly common for families to Google their Nannies before their arrival, it is always a good idea to know ahead of time what is out there for them to find. Please take the time to make your social media accounts (e.g., Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) private. You want families to consider you for the position based on your childcare abilities, not based on the party you attended or the swimsuit you wore last summer. 

Get your documents in order

After your interview with The Nanny Solution, if we are interested in working with you, you will be asked to provide additional information about yourself and your experience. Find our list of required documents HERE.

In preparation, take a moment to watch our video with 5 Tips for Your Nanny Video Interview. We also recommend that you take a look at our guide: 8 Tips for a Successful Video Interview.

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Wondering what to do with your ECE background? Become a Nanny!

 

An increasing number of Early Childhood Educators are leaving the daycare world and are finding jobs working as professional nannies in private homes. Parents want the best for their children and many families are choosing to hire Early Childhood Educators to provide in-home, one-on-one learning throughout the day. 

Below, we’ve compiled a list of some of the reasons why ECEs are transitioning from working in a group childcare environment to becoming professional Nannies.

Nannying gives you the opportunity to continue using your education and expertise

Do you have a diploma or degree in Early Childhood Education or Child and Youth Care? Being employed as a Nanny is a wonderful way to make use of that education. Nannies are not glorified babysitters; they are caregivers, teachers, and a source of support and guidance for children during their most formative years! 

Fewer children = more time to form quality relationships

When you’re working one-on-one with a child, rather than with a group of children, you are able to develop a special relationship with them. You will form a close bond that they will likely remember and carry with them for the rest of their lives! 

Competitive Wages

Nannies with ECE diplomas and backgrounds in Education are currently being paid $25-35 gross per hour.  

Not paid “under the table”

As a Nanny, you are hired as an employee. You will receive a payslip, have taxes deducted from your pay, and receive a T4 at tax time. This also makes you eligible for Employment Insurance and other applicable government financial supports and subsidies. 

Not required to do housekeeping

Nannies are not required to do housekeeping. Their primary purpose is to provide care for the child and ensure they are safe. Aside from tidying up after any meals or activities they may do with the children, Nannies do not need to do any cleaning for the family. In fact, many of our clients also hire housekeepers to take care of that.

Paid vacation and Benefits

That’s right, Nannies get benefits and paid vacation, often receiving anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks of paid vacation!  Do you even need another reason to make the switch? 

Health and safety

Working in a private home, as opposed to a daycare centre, means you’re exposed to far fewer bugs and viruses. You’re able to limit exposure and better protect yourself and any “at risk” people in your life, which is especially important in light of the recent global pandemic. 

Appreciative parents

When you work for a family, the parents come to depend on you and regard you as part of the parenting team and family unit! You are invaluable to them and that level of appreciation sure feels nice. 

More autonomy and independence

As a Nanny, the parents are your employer. Aside from that, you have autonomy and the ability to work independently without constant supervision. The family trusts that you know what’s best for the children and can make decisions and plan around that.

No workplace politics

When you work in a private home, there’s none of the usual workplace drama. No conflicts with co-workers, unfair power dynamics, lack of cooperation and communication, etc. When you’re just working with the family, the structure is far more simple.

It’s free to register with an agency

Working with an agency comes at absolutely no cost to nannies! The families pay the agency a finder’s fee.

Opportunities for fun field trips and activities

Taking the children out for a field trip or even to the park for an afternoon doesn’t require extensive planning, waivers, and coordination when you’re just working with one family. Think of all the fun places you can explore and activities you can do with the children in your city! When the weather is nice, you get to spend the days outside in fresh air.  

World-wide travel (if that interests you)

Some families hire Nannies to travel or go on vacation with them as well. They cover the expenses and you have the opportunity to visit new places while also getting paid to do so!

Need more convincing? Here’s a testimonial from nanny Sarah M.

‘After graduating from George Brown College with my ECE diploma I worked in centres for 11 years. Initially I was happy and I loved my job, but then I started to feel undervalued, underpaid and burnt out.   

My friend recommended that I register with Nannies on Call/The Nanny Solution as a nanny.  I ended up finding the most amazing family to work for. I work full time caring for the sweetest kids, who were 14 months and 3 years old when I started with them. We’ve become the best of friends and they are going to be in my wedding this year! 

The parents and I work like clockwork and I really feel respected. I get 5 weeks of paid vacation each year, sick pay, and I earn $60,000 a year.  Looking back, I wish I had made the switch to nannying sooner. I LOVE being a nanny!

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Nannies and Divorce: Three Helpful Tips

Divorce is a reality that affects many families nowadays.

As a Nanny, you’ll likely encounter families and children who are facing the challenges and pressures that result from the impact of divorce and their unique circumstances.

For example, you might be employed by a family that’s currently working through a divorce or by a family that has already been a single-parent family for many years. Both families have been affected by divorce, but they will each present their own set of challenges.

Different families. Different divorce scenarios.

You may find a family where the parents work well together and you’ll work seamlessly with both parents, even though they have been separated for many years. The parents want the best for their children, which, to them, means hiring one person to care for their children.

You may, however, find another family where the parents don’t get along and are in the middle of a very nasty divorce. You were hired before they decided to separate and they both might want to continue to use your services, but it might put you in an uncomfortable situation, right in the middle of their nasty divorce.

What is your role as a Nanny? How do you support divorced parents and their children?

In spite of the possibly volatile and emotional situation at hand, it’s important that you keep in mind your first, and foremost, responsibility: to be a constant source of support and comfort in the children’s lives.

As a Nanny, you’ll also need to stay impartial and professional in your interactions with the parents (your employers).

Here are 3 helpful tips to help you handle this tricky scenario, while keeping things as constant and stable as you can for the children in your care:

1)     Establish a clear Employment Agreement –  If the divorce occurred prior to your start of work, but you realize that there are issues that need to be addressed, make sure that the issues are included in the Employment Agreement. If, on the other hand, the divorce occurs in the middle of your employment with the family, you may want to discuss which parent is the actual employer and how their expectations of you will change. You need to know if it’s okay to contact the other parent in an emergency situation and if there’s a problem with you working for both parents. Your nanny agency can help you with these negotiations if you’re uncomfortable talking to the parents about them.

2)     Maintain consistency –  You might be the only constant thing in the life of the children right now, so it’s up to you to keep a consistent schedule for them and continue to set clear expectations for them. While they’re going through this time of turmoil and confusion, you may find that the children will resort to testing limits and acting out, even if it’s been a while since the divorce has been finalized.

Nevertheless, what they need is the clear expectations and boundaries you set for for them. They need as much consistency as possible and you’ll be doing them a big favor by standing your ground and being unswerving. Keep your time with them as stable, normal and secure as you can.

3)     Compassion – You can help the children by providing a listening ear without passing judgment or taking sides. A little bit of compassion can go a long way with children; you can provide a safe place where they can talk about their feelings – something that they may not have anywhere else at this point in time. Let them know that they can come to you to talk anytime they want and you will not judge them or tell anyone else how they feel.

Divorce definitely presents many complicated situations and causes a plethora of emotions for the parents and the children. As the nanny, you can make a difference by being a neutral part of the equation, supporting the children with compassion, love and understanding while they work through the confusion that they’re facing.

Of course, if you encounter any of these situations and want some advice, we are here to help and you support you.

 

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Establishing Healthy Boundaries

We believe that nurturing the nanny-family relationship is key in creating a harmonious environment for nannies, parents, and kids, and helps nannies want to stay with their work families for the long haul.

Here are 3 actionable steps to set up healthy boundaries in the nanny-family relationship.⁠

Know Your Responsibilities

Nannies: as an employee, parents are counting on you to be punctual and to perform your nanny duties diligently with care and enthusiasm.

Parents: As employers, nannies are counting on you to respect and honour their work hours, timely payment of their salary, and duration of the work contract.

When both parties respect and honour their obligations, they both have peace of mind and trust.

Prioritize Communication

Nannies: Speak with your employers about any work-related questions or concerns you may have sooner rather than later. Be assertive and proactive.

Parents: Nannies are amazing, but they are not mind readers. If you like things done a certain way then you have to show your nanny, train them, and give them regular feedback and praise.

Remember: Lack of communication is the #1 cause of relationship breakdowns!

Be Realistic

Nannies: Be proactive in completing your work tasks and offer flexibility (additional time or tasks) to your employers when you can. But remember that your free time outside of work is valuable, necessary, and important too.

Parents: Give your nanny a reasonable list of daily tasks; be respectful and realistic when asking for additional responsibilities or additional work hours. Remember that your nanny has a life outside of work and needs downtime too.

In establishing and maintaining healthy boundaries, both nanny and family feel appreciated and respected.

To learn more about how we can help you find a wonderful nanny that is a perfect match for your family, start here.

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Nursery Must-Haves

Creating an environment that is calm, comfortable, and conducive to sleep is essential when you’re setting up your baby’s nursery. We’ve put together a list of nursery must-haves — according to the baby experts, Newborn Care Specialists — to help you create the optimal sleep environment for your little one!

Changing table or changing pad

Whether you have a dedicated changing table or you set up a changing pad on top of a dresser, we definitely recommend using one with a cover. A cover makes cleaning up after any particularly messy diaper changes easy — just pull it off and throw it in the washing machine.

Diapers, wipes, cream, and disposal system

Keep these items close by the changing station for easy access. You may want to invest in a diaper genie for disposing diapers in, or simply use a lined garbage bin with a lid.

Crib (or bassinet, followed by crib)

You can decide to have your newborn sleep in a crib right away, or you can start with a bassinet and then transition them to a crib as they grow.

Firm mattress with waterproof mattress pad and tight-fitting sheets

Whether you’re using a bassinet or a crib, we recommend using a firm mattress and tight-fitting sheets, in order to reduce the risk of the sheets coming off and entangling or suffocating your infant. We also highly recommend putting a waterproof mattress pad underneath the sheets for easy clean-up following accidents.

Swaddle or sleep sack

Rather than using a blanket for warmth, newborns and infants should be placed in a swaddle or sleep sack at bedtime. Loose items, like blankets, increase the risk of entrapment or suffocation and should not be used in the bassinet or crib.

Pacifiers

Babies have a natural need to suck using a pacifier helps meet that need, while also soothing them. In addition, the use of pacifiers is recommended, as they help reduce the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).

Blackout curtains

Blackout or room darkening curtains aren’t essential, but they do minimize the amount of natural light in the room, which may help your baby sleep a little bit longer.

Sound machine

Sound machines help muffle outside noises, soothe the baby, help them complete sleep cycles, and can create a calm, peaceful sleep environment. They’re not essential, but they are highly recommended.

Soft night light

Having a soft night light in the nursery is more for the parents’ and/or the Newborn Care Specialist’s benefit. It can help you move around and navigate the room while the baby is sleeping, without disturbing their sleep cycle by turning on a bright light.

Baby monitor

These days, there are more options out there than the walkie-talkie style sound monitors we grew up with. You can now purchase movement monitors, some of which you can even connect with your phone, which alert you when your baby does not move/breathe for a period of time. Video monitors are also available, so you can check on your baby without entering the nursery and disturbing their sleep.

Comfortable chair or glider

You are going to spend a lot of time feeding your baby and rocking them to sleep, so you want to make sure you have a comfortable place to sit while you do so. A good, comfortable chair or glider is a worthwhile investment, in our opinion.

Nursing pillow

Nursing pillows help prop the baby up during bottle feeds and/or while you are breastfeeding/chestfeeding them. These pillows can save your arms from getting tired and give you more mobility.

Side table

We recommend putting a small side table or nightstand next to the nursing station. This is where you can keep small items, such as water and snack for yourself, your phone, and, of course, burping cloths for easy access.

Burping cloths

You’ll always want to have plenty of burping cloths on hand for after feeding. Spit happens!

Small clock and baby tracker

Having a clock nearby — either a digital clock with a dim light or a quiet manual clock — can help you keep track of the baby’s feeding and sleeping schedule and patterns. A baby tracker is a useful place to record these patterns, and to ensure your baby is getting adequate sleep and feeding regularly.

Laundry hamper

Finally, we recommend having a laundry hamper in the nursery. It’s easier to just toss any soiled sheets, clothes, cloth diapers, burping cloths, etc. in a hamper, rather than having to carry them out to another room.

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Overnight Childcare

Your nanny family has asked if you would be willing to stay overnight while they go away for a couple of days. You think about it and realize it is a great way to make some extra money quickly. But the family has a different idea about what they want to pay you. They don’t want to pay you when the kids are asleep. So what’s a fair rate for overnight childcare? I have a few options for you to choose from.

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When to Say “no” to a Parent’s Request

 

As a Newborn Care Specialist, you are hired to ensure the care and well-being of the newborn infant, and to make new parents’ transition into parenthood as easy as possible. In this role, you always want to respect the parents’ decisions regarding how they want to care for and raise their child, and to support their values, even if they differ from your own. With this in mind, NCS may feel like they have to say “yes” to every request that the parents make, however, that’s not the case. There are certain situations when it is appropriate, even essential, to say “no” to a parent’s request. We’ve listed some of these instances below.

Even if a parent asks, there are things that you should not do as a nanny:

Providing Medical Advice

You have been hired as a specialist and, as such, parents expect you to know everything there is to know about caring for a newborn. Parents will often ask NCS for their advice regarding medical procedures, including making decisions around infant vaccinations. You may have a wealth of knowledge and experience, but you are not a medical professional, so you must avoid giving parents medical advice, otherwise you are putting yourself at a liability risk. If a parent tries to engage you in such a conversation, it is perfectly okay to say “I am not a medical professional, so I can’t advise you one way or the other” and leave it at that.

Making a Medical Diagnosis

Once again, you are not a medical professional, so you aren’t able to diagnose conditions. Even if you’ve seen something similar before, and you’re 99% sure that’s what the infant is experiencing in this case, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and advise the parent to speak to a doctor, rather than making a diagnosis yourself. For instance, what looks like a common rash in one infant could actually be an indication of a serious allergic reaction in another. You may say something along the lines of “I’ve seen something like this before and it turned out to be __________, but you should speak to a doctor to be on the safe side”.

Preparing Alternative/Non-Traditional Formula

For infants that are bottle-fed, there are alternative/non-traditional formulas out there that may provide the infant with adequate nutrition. However, as the NCS, you should not be the one preparing those formulas for the infant. Factory-made formulas contain specific nutrients and have explicit instructions for how to properly prepare them, so it is okay for you to do the preparation in this case. Alternative/non-traditional formulas, on the other hand, do not come with the same nutritional information and instructions, and there is a risk that they will not be prepared properly and/or will not contain adequate nutrition for the growing infant. If parents choose to feed their infant alternative/non-traditional formulas, that is their decision and you must respect that decision, but you should not be the one preparing the formula, as it also puts you at a liability risk.

Dispensing Medication Without the Advice of a Physician and a Signed Liability Release Form

Any medications you give to an infant must be prescribed by a physician, following the exact dosage and means of administration prescribed, and only after you and the parents have signed a liability release form. Unless these conditions are in place, you should never give an infant medication, as it may put the infant at a physical risk and you at a risk of liability.

Checking an Infant’s Temperature Rectally Without the Parent’s Supervision

It is a known fact that the most accurate way to read an infant’s temperature is with a rectal thermometer. However, you should never take the infant’s temperature this way unless you are being supervised by the parent, as it involves inserting something into the infant’s body, which can pose multiple risks. If the parent is not available to supervise, it is best to check the infant’s temperature by other means, such as by using a temporal artery thermometer on the forehead, or by placing the thermometer in the infant’s armpit to get a reading. In the case that the parent is present, it is reasonable to ask them to check the infant’s temperature rectally themselves.

Trimming an Infant’s Nails

It may seem less obvious than the other examples, but it is important to decline when a parent asks you to trim their infant’s fingernails or toenails. Trimming nails involves using a sharp object (nail clippers) near very soft, fragile skin and can accidentally result in cuts and/or infections. It is best to avoid any risk of liability in this case and let the parent trim the infant’s nails themself.

Installing a Car Seat

Unless you are a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST), you should not be the one installing the car seat in the parent’s vehicle or your own vehicle. Car seats must be installed in a very specific way in order to ensure that they are safe for the infant to ride in. If you are not trained in proper car seat installation, or being supervised by a CPST while doing so, you should never install a car seat on your own. Once again, it becomes a liability risk if anything were to happen to the infant while riding in an incorrectly installed car seat.

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Newborn Care Around the World – India

 

With the exciting announcement of the Newborn Care Specialist services we are now offering, The Nanny Solution team has baby fever! We sat down with Rupanshi, our Nanny Liaison, and the newest mother on our team (she gave birth to her sweet boy, Aayansh, in early 2020) to ask her about birth practices and newborn care in her home country of India. You can read our interview with Rupanshi below. 

Rupanshi: Before I begin, I just want to say that India, like Canada, is multicultural and each region has its own set of customs and traditions. I am from the capital region, and have a bit of knowledge of the traditions that we follow in the north.

What are some unique birth traditions in India?
R: There are quite a few. For one, we do not reveal our pregnancy until the 1st trimester is over, in order to avoid evil (I know). And during pregnancy, moms are not supposed to eat papaya, lift heavy objects, or even exercise. Then, after a baby is born, mom and baby are generally made to wear black anklets and beads, and we apply a black mark behind the ear or on the forehead to ward off evil (I still do it with Aayansh). We also have a holy prayer on the 6th day of the baby’s birth for his/her future, and a havan (fire ritual) after the baby is 40 days to announce the arrival. 40 days is the incubation period wherein we are allowed to only go to the doctor’s clinic. At home, new moms are supposed to remain covered, with oil on our head and covered with a cap or scarf. This is due to the fact that the woman’s body is still recovering, and 40 days ensures complete recovery. Also, before honey was considered unsafe for babies, it was tradition to give honey to babies, even before mother’s milk.

Where and how do most births take place?
R: Hospitals are usually considered the safest option, at least in metropolitan cities. I have seen some home births, but only for lower income groups. They usually try for a government hospital too.

Is there the equivalent of a baby shower in India?
R: Yes, it is called a “god bharai”. It is a beautiful tradition wherein married women whisper something nice for the baby in mom-to-be’s ears and give a gift in her lap, called “god” in Hindi. There is music, a little bit of dancing, and lots of food (we are big on food). We also have baby showers, just like in the western culture, but we do not have baby registries in India. My sister had a baby shower, and mine was planned, but unfortunately had to be cancelled due to COVID.

Who is responsible for caring for the newborn during the first weeks?
R: A lot of people have hired help, if they can afford it, but generally it’s the grandmothers who help around the house. India still has the concept of a joint family, wherein we live with our parents and sometimes aunts, uncles, and cousins too, so it is not very uncommon to have the grandmother already living in the home. In urban cities, most people get help from Nannies or Newborn Care Specialists. Jappas, as they are called, come from Kolkata (a city in the Eastern part of the country) and specialize in newborn and new mom care. They are booked beforehand and called on when the mom is in the hospital for delivery. By the time mom delivers the baby and returns home, Jappas are there to take over. They do everything — from cleaning, feeding, changing, burping, swaddling etc. to making healthy and nutritious food for mom to promote milk production. They are what we call “baby experts”.

What does that care entail?
R: They provide massages for both mom and baby, and help out with feeding, burping, changing, swaddling, — anything and everything the baby needs. They sleep in the same room as the mom, and they are there for the first 40 days of the baby’s life. In our culture, we can only leave the house after 40 days (outside of doctor’s visits), as mom is still recovering and the baby hardly has any immunity.

Do these practices differ depending on socioeconomic status or class?
R: Absolutely! Nannies and maids are not cheap, but even a middle class person can often afford them. Jappas can be expensive, but they are a lifesaver for many families. In fact, one of my cousins had her first baby and did not hire a Jappa. However, she saw the difference in the care between her firstborn and others’ children, and she was impressed. She is currently pregnant again and has already booked one for once the baby is born. If a family can afford to hire a Jappa, they often do — it’s an investment in their child and their family’s future.

Thank you for sharing your culture with us, Rupanshi! It’s fascinating to hear about birth practices and newborn care in other parts of the world. We could definitely get on board with those massages for mom too!

If you are looking for a Newborn Care Specialist, Contact Us to find out how we can help you.

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Happy Pride Month

 

“Happy Pride” from the The Nanny Solution team! It’s Pride month and we want to celebrate all of our wonderful LGBTQ families, nannies, and staff. We are in awe of all that you have stood up for and achieved over the years, and we are here to offer our support as the fight for equality continues. Every day, you remind us that love and acceptance is what truly makes a family! 

This week, we’ve put together a list of children’s books for parents and nannies to share with little ones to help teach them about the history of Pride and to celebrate all genders and sexual orientations.

Books about Pride (Click on the image for more details)

 

“Stonewall: A Building, an Uprising, a Revolution” by Rob Sanders

“Rainbow: A First Book of Pride” by Michael Genhart

“This Day in June” by Gayle E. Pitman”

“Love is Love” by by Michael Genhart

Books about same-sex parents / families

 

“And Tango Makes Three” by Justin Richardson & Peter Parnell

“Mommy, Mama, and Me” & “Daddy, Papa, and Me” by Leslea Newman

“Love Makes a Family” by Sophie Beer

“Stella Brings the Family” by Miriam B. Schiffer

“A Family is a Family is a Family” by Sara O’Leary

Books about LGBTQ children

 

“Phoenix Goes to School” by Michelle & Phoenix Finch

“Sparkle Boy” by Leslea Newman

“Jack (Not Jackie)” by Erica Silverman

“Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress” by Christine Baldacchino

Books about LGBTQ characters

 

“Red: A Crayon’s Story” by Michael Hall

“King & King” by Linda de Haan

“Princess Princess Ever After” by Katie O’Neill

“Jerome By Heart” by Thomas Scotto

If you have any other LGBTQ children’s book recommendations, we’d love to add them to our own lists. Feel free to email us at info@thenannysolution.ca Happy Pride!

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How becoming a Newborn Care Specialist Can Help Your Career

 

The Nanny Solution is delighted to announce that we are now adding newborn care to the professional childcare services we offer! If you’re not already a trained and certified Newborn Care Specialist, but you love working with newborns and want to help support new parents, you can complete your training online through the Newborn Care Solutions Institute.

Why should I become a certified Newborn Care Specialist?

Newborn Care Specialists support parents by assisting with sleep, feeding schedules, and infant development during the first weeks of their newborn’s life. NCS have a lot of autonomy in their role, and often work independently with minimal guidance from the parents. They are hired as baby whisperers and parent lifesavers — and they are in high demand! If you already have a passion for working with newborns and infants, getting trained and certified as a Newborn Care Specialist can help you turn that passion into a professional career.

How will this help my professional childcare career?

As Newborn Care Specialists are hired to support families during the first 3 to 6 months of their newborn’s life, they are hired on short-term contracts and able to work up to 4 or 5 placements in a single year. The more placements you are hired for, the higher your earning potential. In addition, just like in any other field, completing more training and gaining experience puts you in a position to earn a higher rate of pay. As such, NCS typically earn a higher salary than a traditional Nanny — sometimes $3-$8 more per hour than the average Nanny rate.

How do I become a Newborn Care Specialist?

There are many several different training and certification programs available, some of which are online/virtual and some that are in-person. When you’re looking for a program to enrol in, look out for ones that 1) will specifically prepare you for NCS certification, 2) are accredited by an independent organization, 3) are taught by an instructor teaching evidence-based practices, 4) have positive reviews from past participants, and 5) provide you with the option of becoming a certified NCS, rather than simply offering a certification of participation. You may also want to consider getting additional specific childcare training in areas such as sleep conditioning, breastfeeding/chestfeeding, lactation training, and/or Postpartum Doula training, as this training will make you an even more qualified and desirable NCS candidate.

For more information about the newborn care services we will be offering or how to become a Newborn Care Specialist, feel free to email us at info@thenannysolution.ca or Contact Us for more details.