What is a Nanny?
A Nanny is:
A carer of children and a carer of families. Nannies become emotionally relevant figures to both children and adults. They will join in to the life of a family in order to make it easier whenever possible, by offering help, energy, thoughts, imagination, information, points of view and support.
A whole person. Spending time with a child helps an adult to become better, happier and more aware version of themselves. Caring for families involves intense emotional labor that needs to be acknowledged by all, so that the emotional health of both carers and charges is ensured.
Practical Nanny duties will vary, but often include:
Being reliable and punctual.
Taking care of young babies and children while the parents are not there (sole charge).
Taking care of babies and children alongside the family (shared care).
Pick-ups and set-downs from schools and kindergartens, or to/from after school activities.
Fostering child development through play, participation in daily activities, reading and outings.
Liaising with schools and kindergartens as required.
Ensuring the children are safe and supervised at all times.
Helping with homework.
Helping to keep the children’s clothes clean and their rooms and toys tidy.
Preparing healthy meals and snacks for the children.
Nannies must think hard, and offer parents the chance to reflect.
The act of discussing the reasoning behind each individual’s choices, child or adult, when deciding how to do things, will invariably yield much valuable food for thought for all involved. Nannies will strive to remember that each individual and family’s experiences and needs are unique, and need to be understood and respected.
Nannies are keepers of memories and makers of bonds.
A Nanny’s presence will give a child one more person to love, trust, rely on and share memories with. Each new bond a child makes will strengthen and inform all others.
Being a Nanny is a serious business.
Whether they Nanny for a month or many years. We ask that Nannies come prepared to commit in earnest to the job, however long they might be thinking of doing it.
Who cares for Nannies?
Extra Arms will strive to introduce you to your peers and be your advocate in obtaining fair working conditions and ensuring your work-life balance is conducive to your happiness and well-being. We provide lasting support before, during and after each placement.
If you have experience caring for children in settings other than professional in-home care, then consider taking one or more of our Carer Academy modules. They are designed to provide students with the very specific skills that come into play when caring for children outside one’s own circle of family and friends, and without the structure provided by a school or kindergarten.
What is a Babysitter?
An experienced carer who will look after a family’s children very occasionally for a few hours, or for a considerable number of hours on a short-term basis.
If you would like to become a member of our Sitters team, you should take a look here – make sure you read through the whole page, including out terms and conditions of service below the contact form, so that you understand how we work.
If you wish to become a member of the Sitters team you should apply as described here.
Be aware that:
the amount of experience we require from candidate Sitters is the same as for candidate Nannies.
the On Demand Babysitting service is not designed to be anyone’s main source of income! Whilst we trust each carer to know what’s good for them, this type of occasional work is unpredictable and best suited as a side occupation, beside a more stable and reliable source of income.
We require our Sitters to be registered freelance and can support you in starting, understanding and managing your freelance registration (Steuernummer). However, we require that each Sitter be prepared to take responsibility for their own freelance work – flexibility has its pros and cons, it is important that you think carefully about how this type of work fits into your life.