How long have you been a nanny?
I have been a nanny for 24 years. Â I started at the age of 18 after completing school.
Now donâ€™t be shy, why are YOU a great nanny? I am a good nanny because caring for children has always been in my nature. Â Growing up as a child I was surrounded by children and I always had an interest in taking care of the young ones. Â When it comes to children I love the role I get to play in being able to enrich their lives. Â I love to be there for children by listening, supporting, playing, reading, helping, feeding and caring for them. Â Never in my 24 year career have I ever thought â€œI donâ€™t want to go to work today.â€ Â I am so happy to go to work every day and make a difference in the lives of my families.
What is your philosophy when it comes to taking care of children?
I want to make sure the children are safe, happy and well. Â I like to support children and help build their self esteem by encouraging independence so they grow to be confident. I help children learn through play by encouraging social skills and venturing out to new experiences. Â I am firm but fair. Most importantly, I lead by example. I find it very important to be a good role model and help provide an environment where the children can flourish and be who they are.
What is your current role(s)?
Two families, two days a week each. One family has four children (G10, G8, B6 and G4) I have been with that family for nearly six years. Â My other family has two sporty boys (B10 and B12). I work as a personal assistant to the family during the day then back into nanny role when I pick the boys up from school.
What sort of experience and training do you have?
I did a nanny course in 1992 Â that set me up to get started in my career. Â It covered a wide range of nanny topics and established a strong foundation for me to build off as I continued my career. Â In 2012 I completed a Certificate of Education Support (Teacher Aide) course at Monash University. Â I then completed a Certificate III in childrenâ€™s services in 2013. Â I have followed my learning path to many other seminars, shows and events that have covered relevant nanny topics. Â I think continually seeking out training on new topics is essential in this fast changing industry and I will continue to better myself in any relevant courses I find.
Youâ€™ve already had an outstanding career. Â What are your future plans for your career?
I like to broaden my knowledge and skills so I will always continue to seek out further education. Â I seek out these opportunities through social media, organised events, nanny networks and seminars in my communities. Â I am also considering branching out to a specialised field such as safeguarding in the home and garden or preparing a home for a newborn.
Whatâ€™s your favourite part about being a nanny?
I like that I can be my own boss and take charge of my career. Â Itâ€™s great starting with children as young as babies and watching them grow up. Â Itâ€™s fascinating to watch, learn and play a part in their development and milestones. Â I love that every single day is a new adventure and I can go with the flow of what works, for both myself and the children. Â I feel like I really make a difference as a nanny and itâ€™s such a rewarding career.
Why did you join the ANA?
I want to help improve the rights of nannies. Â The ANA is a group that is working towards reforming the industry with the introduction of things like wages, government rebates and fair working conditions. Since becoming a member I am able to stay up to date and informed with whatâ€™s happening in the industry. Â The ANA also encourages nannies to have their say so itâ€™s a great way for me to give my two cents to help those, who are helping us. Â We need to amend peopleâ€™s attitude towards nannies and the ANA is working towards eliminating any bad stereotypes and building a better reputation for nannies, in a better industry.
How has your ANA membership benefited your career?
Since becoming an ANA member I have more confidence in knowing that the industry is being taken seriously. Â This helps me see a bright future in my career as a nanny. Â I love that the ANA provides me with an opportunity to make a change for the better in the job that I love.
Is there anything else you would like share with the ANA community?
I hope to see more nannies get involved so that we can work together to help improve and extend the nanny industry. Â If we pool all of our skills together (Agencies, nannies and families) we can strive to make the changes needed to help nanny become a viable career option for those in childcare and an affordable solution for working families.