Being a New Nanny: Proactivity and Persistence

Being the “new kid” is always hard, and it’s the same when you’re a grown-up and entering a new position. On-Call is similar: you’re new, your team is still getting to know you, so how do you start getting work while competing with other extraordinary nannies with established reputations?
The key is Proactivity – you have nothing to lose by calling the office and saying hello, or emailing us to say “hi” and introduce yourself via writing! This is a great way to break the ice so the booking staff can get to know you personally and match it to what we know already about you on file. Your childcare expertise is not in question (you wouldn’t be here if you were!) – it’s your personality and drive!

Nanny with twelve years of Experience!

Congratulations are in order for Nanny Ana who began with Nannies on Call in 2010 and was a fast favourite to families and staff alike. During her time thus far, she has actively worked with our On Call department, taking shifts as her schedule permits and she has also been successfully placed on three separate occasions. She has worked over 160 On Call jobs and has often been requested back by families, always receiving glowing feedback. Ana is highly creative, energetic, warm and open. She brings over 12 years of childcare experience to the agency. On top of working as a nanny in her native Portugal for 8 years, Ana is also a trained performing artist and has worked as a puppeteer, clown performer, children’s storyteller and drama instructor! Described by past employers as extremely engaging, responsible and caring, Ana is sure to be on your list of favourites in no time!

Reward Systems and Positive Encouragement

A lot of us are too hard on ourselves…. “I need to lose weight, I don’t have enough energy, I don’t get enough done during the day.” This negative self-talk starts to weigh in our minds and create lower self-esteem. When we don’t feel good about ourselves it is reflected in our relationships with others, including our children. Our fuses can be shorter, our tempers bigger and our patience level less and less. We all want our children to be happy, well guess what…. It starts with you! Modeling for your children what happiness looks like is hugely important; after all you are their very first teachers in the world. Children are very receptive and can sense changes in mood and demeanor, although they may not understand it, they will mimic it!