Are you thinking about taking a gap year but don’t want to go broke on your year away? Becoming a nanny in Canada could be the perfect solution for you! You can make a great salary while experiencing Canada and making loads of new friends. There are many families across Canada interested in hiring foreign nannies and nannies from Australia, New Zealand, England, and Ireland are especially popular.
Interested? Here are a few things to consider before heading overseas:
Where do you want to live? The major cities like Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Ottawa are the best places to find high-paying nanny positions. Plus, they are great jumping off points for travelling around the country and into the US!
How much do you want to work? You can work a flexible on call/babysitting type job where you would work for different families. This would give you the flexibility to travel while picking up enough shifts to pay the bills. Or you could commit to a part-time or full-time position, working for the same family on a set schedule. This usually pays more than the babysitting jobs and the length of the position can vary, depending on the family’s needs.
Can you commit to one year? If you are planning on committing to a part-time or full-time position, many families would prefer a nanny who can commit to at least a year. Are you willing to stay in one city for a year or two? Many working holiday visas are now two years which makes committing much easier.
Do you drive? If you drive, do the research on what it takes to convert your current license to a local driver’s license. Many nanny jobs in Canada require driving and switching to a local license is required after you have been in the city for three months. Driving will often get you a higher rate, as well.
Get organized. Before you leave home, put together a nanny portfolio. Gather copies of your childcare reference letters, criminal record check, degrees/certificates, resume, and cover letter. When applying for your Canadian visa, make sure to carefully read the requirements for working with children as you may need to get a medical before you arrive. If you are organized, you will be able to hit the ground running when you arrive and get a job right away.
Get Certified. Before you leave home, make sure to get your CPR/First Aid. It is important when working with children and most families require it.
Do your research. Find out what the going rate is for nannies in the area. Rates can vary greatly across Canada. If you go through a reputable agency such as Nannies on Call, you will earn a higher rate than finding a job online.