What does The Helpful Nanny do all day?
I thought it might be a good idea to let you know what I get up to all day as The Helpful Nanny. It’s quite different to before I had my own children as I only work (nannying) 9.30-2.30 to fit in with the school day.
In reality I work many more hours, planning activities, doing social media, writing, reading and researching for continued professional development and supporting families should they need my help and advice.
There’s no such thing as a typical day!
There is no such thing as a typical day, which is what I love as it keeps everyday different, fresh and interesting.
On a day that I’m nannying it’s generally 4/5 hours with one family. While I’m there I’ll keep the children busy and entertained with some activities from my nanny bag. This can be anything from a creative activity, doing a puzzle, reading stories, playdough, stickers or small world play. I try to vary it each time I go so the children are always excited to see what’s
in “Sarah’s Bag”. It’s also a great way of bonding with the children when I start with a new family.
What else does a nanny do?
Apart from looking after the children and seeing to all their needs, changing nappies, washing hands, feeding and sleeping. I might also prepare a meal or batch cook. Tidy the children’s bedrooms and playroom, sort out toys and craft cupboards. Sort out and bag up clothes that are too small. Iron, hangout washing, empty the dishwasher, change the children’s beds. The list could go on, but safe to say if it’s related to the children or family life then it’s part of my job as a nanny.
When I’m not nannying!
On a day when I’m not nannying I can usually be found planning activities, doing social media (which seems to take up a great deal of time) and more recently beginning to write blog posts, to bring more detailed help and information to parents.
Striking a balance!
Like all working parents it’s always about striking a balance and the whole reason for me setting up “The Helpful Nanny” is because I could see the need for giving parents a break and supporting them through parenting and family life. Many young families don’t live close by to any other family members and so having someone to offer that break or some support is more important than ever. I love what I do and there is no better feeling than helping and making a difference to a family. I’m so grateful that I’m able to fit this around my own family too and be the mum I want to be to my own children.