Hi everyone! Here we have another round of Nanny of the Month recognitions! For those who have been following along, we take some time each month to nominate a nanny within our agency in order to showcase their talents, skills and personalities. We took some time to connect with Kelly S. recently to hear about her experience as a Chicago nanny! As you read along, you will discover much her love for her position and nanny family shines through how she feels about being a professional nanny. She has continued to represent CCN well throughout her placement and has made a great connection with her little one! Be sure to take a few moments to read about Kelly and hear her story. Congratulations to our May Nanny of the Month, Kelly!
CCN: What is your favorite thing about being a nanny?
Kelly S.: My favorite thing about being a nanny is probably loving coming to work and knowing I’m going to have fun. And growing as a family together, because this is their only kid. I love being able to help them grow and have the connection between all three of us. I love coming to work and being happy and having fun with them! I’m having so much fun!
CCN: Can you tell us your story about how you decided to become a nanny?
Kelly S.: I was a nanny for a while on and off (for summer jobs and things), and when I graduated, [I kept hearing] “Get a job,” “Do this,” [etc.]. I got one of every kind of job working with kids and I kept going back to [the thought that] “I want to be a nanny.” And then when I found [Chicago Collegiate Nannies], I said “No way!” because I didn’t think I’d be able to find a family by myself in the city because it sounded like a giant task I couldn’t do. So, again, I found [Chicago Collegiate Nannies] and it became a reality again. I’ve always known that I love to teach and be in the kids’ environment and do whatever we wanted to do instead of what was required in a school [environment]…It’s something I know I’ve always wanted to do.
CCN: What do you think has been the most rewarding thing you have learned throughout your current placement?
Kelly S.: Probably the family that I have. They’re so appreciative of everything I do, it’s wild to me. I started when their little boy was 2 months old and [I thought] how can is how them and helping him develop and grow. So I come up with little projects and little developmental skill things and run it by the parents. And when is show the parents they say, “Wow, you did this?!” and “This is amazing!” and they love to see it and have something to come home to…They’re over the moon with everything I do. It’s great because I also love doing it, but it makes me more excited when they’re more excited. So I just love that!
CCN: What do you think has been beneficial about working with an agency like Chicago Collegiate Nannies?
Kelly S.: Oh, so much. Just the amount of opportunities alone. I didn’t have a job, and I was getting sent out on interview after interview after interview (which was amazing)…And then [CCN] always kept in contact with me to help me with things or answer questions [because] that was something that is really important to me: communication. If I need help and I know [CCN] is always there to answer any question that I have which is amazing.
CCN: What advice would you give to someone who is looking to become a professional nanny?
Kelly S.: Know what you’re getting yourself into (with the job). Everyone [thinks that nannying is like] “Oh that’s so fun, you get to sit by a pool while they take a three hour nap,” but that’s not what it is. While they nap, I’m cleaning and getting things ready for when he wakes up for an activity or sensory board. It’s harder than you think if you make it hard for yourself, but if you know what you’re getting yourself into, you’re able to have fun. It’s just knowing what you’re getting yourself into.
CCN: Do you have any plans and goals for yourself personally and professionally in the next five years?
Kelly S.: Well, my little guy is still 6 months old, so I’ll probably be with them for a while. But I definitely want to start volunteering and finding a non profit I can start working with. But really, trying to do more volunteer work [in my future].
CCN: What would you say has been the biggest lesson you have learned as a nanny?
Kelly S.: Patience and communication is everything for both the parents and the child. Again, my kid is only six months old, but communication is still everything…I explain to the parents everything that is going on, good or bad things.
CCN: Are there any other tips and tricks you’d like to share?
Kelly S.: I like to come in every day having a plan, like an art project or something to do. But I always tell myself, “Go in with a plan, but you never know what your day is gonna be like.” You might have to switch it up. So I always try to go in with a plan that day, but [prepare that] my six month old might be a little tired and I might [not get to everything]. Being flexible, try and change everything up, move to another corner of the room and keep things looking exciting and new is better for them and keeps them interested.