Prior to my first nanny experience, I babysat (starting at the age of 12) for 10 years. I also volunteered at Seattle Children's Hospital.
In January of 2007, I found enannysource and interviewed across the country until I found my match family in Northern California. In the spring of 2007 I started my live-in nanny assignment where I was the nanny to 3 girls aged 4, 6, and 9. I was responsible for getting them up in the morning then off to school and pre-school, and then I would pick them up after school and help with homework, take the older girls to karate, and depending on the night feed them dinner. My duties were finished at 6:30 pm, this was a sort of spilt shift since I had to get the girls up and take them to school, which was from 7:00am-8:30am, and then pick them back up at school at 2:30 pm, my schedule was also only M-F.
I absolutely loved everything about being a part of this family and living in sunny California!! At times during my employment, I took care of the girls on my own for weeks at a time while their parents were abroad for work, additional pay was provided. I was also able to arrange and take all 3 kids with me on a plane (with myself being the only adult) to my home in Washington, for 10 days. When the youngest child entered Kindergarten the following fall I volunteer every Friday during the class art time, which was a blast and so hilarious! My employment with this family sadly ended due to a change in the family’s jobs and employment, making it financially impossible for the family to pay my salary. The girls and I are still extremely close (I visit them a few times a year and they visit me as well).
In 2008, I took a local live-out nanny position in which I was a nanny to a 5-year-old girl and 3-year-old boy/girl twins. My schedule for this family was a little different. I drove my car to their house at 3:00 pm (to switch to the van they had for me to drive the kids in) then I picked up the kids at daycare at 3:30 pm. I was in charge of everything that the kids needed until one of the parents got home at 9:00 pm. I also worked a full day Saturday from 9:00-7:00 and had Sunday and Monday off. I worked for this family for over a year and a half, the end of my employment was a direct effect of the current state of the economy causing a change in my previous employer's financial status (they lost their construction business).
In 2012, I took a part-time local live-out nanny position. This position involved caring for a then 3-year-old girl and a little boy who had just turned 2. In this family the girl is highly gifted she was reading (no joke) books at the age of one, and the boy has Asperger syndrome (an autism spectrum disorder). This particular job has given me a variety of new skills and techniques, and it is amazing to see how far the little has come in the time I have known him. I still occasionally watch these kids.