Whenever you think of being around children, you can’t help but smile. So when you imagine a career that is both fun and rewarding, a nanny, babysitter or a childminder is obviously something that comes to mind first. Besides that you strongly believe you have what it takes to become one.
You like the thought of providing long-term care for a family, seeing the children grow and develop right in front of your eyes.
You have already decided that you want to be a nanny, babysitter or a childminder.
But you’re not quite sure how to become one. You want to make sure you are well-equipped and know everything there is to know before you start pursuing positions.
Now it’s time you start putting a plan in place to make this dream of yours a reality.
At Helpers.ie we enlisted the help of some childcare experts to put together a step-by-step guide to get you started.
So lets find out and take a look at our useful handy tips below:
# Gain Childcare Experience
Chances are that you already have some level of childcare experience that’s led you to want to become a nanny, babysitter or a childminder.
You used to or still do care for your younger sibling or cousin has helped you learn responsibility and supervision.
But having some formal childcare experience on your resume is not only valuable but a must. Don’t let that word intimidate you. ‘Formal’ childcare experience comes in many forms:
Working for a few weeks in your summer term holidays, caring for little ones in the nursery at your local church, taking a summer job at a daycare or volunteering at an after-school program are all great examples.
When it comes to being a nanny, babysitter or a childminder, experience is something that cannot be overlooked, so when you are volunteering not only are you acquiring practical experience in caring for young ones, but you’re also building a directory of references to validate your ability as one.
# Create Your Profile
You could be the best nanny, babysitter or a childminder out there but if people in your local area hasn’t seen your profile on Helpers.ie chances are not sure whether you are professionally interested in working for them looking after their children.
Its easy and takes less than ’30 seconds’ to create an account and another ‘couple of minutes’ to explain about yourself, fill in your portfolio and to choose your interests. (Click here to sign up)
A profile with the following elements will really impress parents:
- A detailed portfolio with a timeline of your previous experience
- Testimonials also know as ‘references’ from those who can vouch for your character and childcare abilities
- A Garda (police) clearance cert (More information here)
- Any educational and/or medical certifications
- A list of updated vaccines
# Get CPR & First Aid Certified
Not all families will require these certifications but having them will certainly signify that you’re serious about the health and safety of the children while they are in your care.
Hopefully you’ll never encounter a situation where you have to use this training, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Most communities offer both CPR and first aid certification courses. You can visit the Irish Red Cross Website to search for nearby classes and register. If you are not yet certified but are willing to upon request, be sure to include that in your nanny, babysitter, childminder profile as well.
# Consider Earning an Associate Degree
In Ireland nannying, babysitting and childminding are competitive fields. Earning a degree in early childhood education is one of the best ways to stand out amongst your competition.
Parents are looking for their children’s caregivers to do more than just watch the children or provide transportation. They want someone who can cultivate a learning environment from the earliest ages.
A nanny, babysitter or a childminder with a foundation in early childhood education can lead fun, educational activities while also teaching children guidance and discipline.
Other benefits of a formal education include:
- Health, safety and nutritional applications to maintain a safe household
- Three externship courses that provide students hands-on application of their courses
- A field externship experience that a nanny position would fulfill
# Start Applying Now
Its important to remember even if you check all of the boxes listed above, you can’t expect the perfect nanny, babysitter and childminder positions to fall into your lap.
Don’t leave it up to the families to stumble upon your helpers.ie profile after posting their ad looking for a caregiver, show your initiative and desire by sending them a quick quote along with your cover note.
Be proactive in connecting with families and never underestimate the power of word-of-mouth advertising.
Spread the word to past employers, friends and family that you’re looking for a position and they can hire you through helpers.ie and after a while working through helpers.ie you will gain a lot of credible feedback on your profile as nanny / babysitter / childminder.
When you get a message by someone you quoted on helpers.ie asking to meet up before they hire you for the job, choose a public location.
You should also keep in mind while they’re interviewing you that you are also interviewing them.
Be upfront about your expectations and ask that they do the same so that you ensure you know as much as you can about the family, your work-environment and other important factors of the job.
It’s important that it’s a good fit for everyone!
Once you are both happy and satisfied with one another they can go ahead and hire you for the job through helpers.ie.
Set yourself apart: Congrats, now you know how to become a nanny, babysitter or a childminder, who knows, this may open doors you never even considered for your future.