Chicago Collegiate Nannies is happy to present this month's “Nanny of the Month!" Each month, we feature one of our very own CCN nannies and tell you a little bit about them. Below is our interview with another one of our nannies, Hayley J.! We got a chance to connect with Hayley this weekend to hear a little bit about what she's learned and how she's grown in the past two and a half years of being a CCN nanny! Congratulations, Hayley, and thank you so much for the positive way you represent Chicago Collegiate Nannies!
CCN: What is your favorite thing about being a nanny?
Hayley J.: My favorite thing about being a nanny is being able to connect with families on a more personal and relational level.
CCN: Can you tell us your story about how you decided to become a nanny?
Hayley J.: I decided to become a nanny because I love being able to make a difference in the world by helping to raise a child to be good, which [I believe] will effect the next coming generation.
CCN: What do you think has been the most rewarding thing you have learned throughout your current placement?
Hayley J.: The most important thing I have learned through my current placement is that you have to use your utmost patience with children, with the family and with yourself. It is important to recognize the good you’re doing even when it seems like everything is going wrong.
CCN: What have you found has been beneficial about working with an agency like Chicago Collegiate Nannies?
Hayley J.: I found it beneficial to have people there to support me and to give me advice.
CCN: What advice would you give to someone who is looking to become a professional nanny?
Hayley J.: The advice I have is to keep your head up, take in the good moments and love them to your fullest. When the challenging times come, love those to the fullest as well because it will help to grow the relationship. Making the bond between you and the child(ren) stronger.
CCN: What plans and goals do you have for yourself personally and professionally in the next five years?
Hayley J.: In the next five years I would like to receive my masters degree from UIC in Clinical Social Work. I would love to start working with juveniles or children facing cancer treatment. I'd like to help them and their families through tough situations.
CCN: What would you say has been the biggest lesson you have learned as a nanny?
Hayley J.: The biggest lesson I have learned while being a nanny is that you have to trust yourself a lot. Trust yourself with decisions, trust your heart to make the right choice and to do what’s best for the child. Trust yourself that you’re doing well and that the child does care for you, even when you have the hardest days.
CCN: Are there any other tips and tricks you would like to share?
Hayley J.: I think that having less screen time and more play time is the best for the child’s development. I would advise figuring out what they like best and going from there. By building off that to create games and things that make you use your imagination. And also to have fun, take a deep breath and enjoy the youth surrounding you!