US News and World Report designated Nanny as a "Hot Job Track" with salaries ranging from $10,300 (entry-level) up to $48,000 for experienced nannies. Nanny New's spring survey reports that 11% of respondents earned over $500 a week, while 40% received the use of a car off-duty, 41% received health insurance, and 100% were entitled to paid vacation. Wages for premium nannies have been increasing steadily over the last couple of years.
What it Takes to be a Nanny
What skills and experience do you need to be hired as a nanny or to be considered for the top tiers of the nanny business? Obviously, the first criteria is loving children. Experience working with children is a must (babysitting counts). For positions caring for infants, documented infant care experience is often a requirement. A degree in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education, or some coursework in either area, is a significant plus. The more education and experience you have, the higher your earning potential. The English Nanny and Governess School offers a certificate program including courses on child behavior and development, child care, and cultural development. Several references will typically be required, along with a valid driver's license. Some organizations, like EF au pair, provide a for their applicants prior to placement.
Nanny Job Listings
How can you get hired as a nanny? You will find nanny job listings in the classifieds of most majors newspapers. However, many nanny positions are filled by agencies. If you do decide to work with an agency there should be no fees charged to the prospective nanny - all fees should be paid by the employer. The International Nanny Association has published guidelines that member agencies should follow. When working with an agency, review these guidelines to make sure your agency is handling your application and placement appropriately. Don't be afraid to request references - ask to speak to nannies who have have been placed by the agency you are considering using.
If you are interested in working internationally, visa restrictions apply in many cases. The agency you work with and your sponsoring family should be able to help you obtain the required documentation. Escape from America Jobs Overseas has employment, immigration and embassy information for a lengthy list of countries.
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