Enthusiastic Nanny Needs Encouragement
I've been following ISYN for a little over a week now and I love reading all of the stories and advice from other nannies. I'm 20 years old and completely new to the world of nannying. I have some experience babysitting, but mainly only for preschool and elementary school aged children. I've also done some tutoring, volunteering at a preschool, etc. I've joined Care.com and Sitter City and have got two interviews lined up. One of them is with a woman with a 7 month old son who contacted me based on my profile. I have limited experience with babies but honestly, I would love to work with a baby. I set up an interview for Tuesday with this woman and I do intend to explain to her that I don't have a lot of experience with that age, but am willing to learn. I have asked a family friend who has a one-year-old to let me spend some time with her refreshing on changing diapers, feeding, bathing, etc. but I would not be able to spend time doing this until Thursday or so, after the interview.
I am very enthusiastic about potentially being able to work with a baby in this age range. I am doing research about seven month olds to try to make up in knowledge what I lack in experience. What I am looking for is just general advice and encouragement - I am so nervous about this interview. Do you have any advice for a new nanny who can't rely on actual previous nannying experience during an interview? Also, is there anything you can suggest in my situation that would make me feel more prepared and also help the mother feel more comfortable with me caring for her son? I am coming up with a list of questions to show her that I have done my homework and care enough about her son to learn. "Is your son teething yet?" "Have you introduced any solid foods (pureed vegetables, etc.) into his diet yet?" etc. I am also considering offering to come over a few days for free to spend time with him under her supervision, if that would make her more comfortable, but I don't know if this is a bad idea or not. Thank you guys so much for your help and I hope to talk to you guys on various posts as I gain experience as a nanny.
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