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 about them. Below is our interview with Rose F.! We were able to connect with both her nanny family and Rose recently about her experience as a nanny who studied early childhood education and shortly afterwards transitioned into a nanny. After hearing from her, she has found her new passion working with families one-on-one and maintaining connections with her nanny families from the past! Her nanny family even shared this sweet feedback about how much they appreciate what Rose has been for their family!
"Rose is so selfless and caring. She is wonderful at organizing the home and keeping things tidy. The second best thing that has happened to our family (outside of our daughter being born) was meeting Rose! No parent could ask for anything more."
Take a moment to read up a little about Rose’s experience as a Chicago nanny and the plans she has down the road in her childcare future! Congratulations, Rose, and thank you so much for how well you represent Chicago Collegiate Nannies!
CCN: What is your favorite thing about being a nanny?
Rose F.: Wow, let’s see. Probably the relationships that I build with all of the kids I work for and the families. Each family that i’ve worked for is different and the dynamic is completely different. But they honestly, without a doubt, every time become like a second family. I’m still connected with every single nanny family that I’ve worked for and have such a close bond with them. And I love watching the children learn and grow and develop and just to be given that opportunity and to develop that bond is [something I’m] so grateful [for] and it’s one of my favorite things I get to have with them.
CCN: Can you tell us your story about how you decided to become a nanny?
Rose F.: I’ve always babysat the neighborhood kids since I was younger and I loved it. Every time someone would call I would never say no, I would always go. As I got older I went into school to become a teacher and study early childhood education and during my schooling I found a family and started nannying for them and never really looked back. They were so amazing and it was such an amazing experience. Essentially I went to school to become a teacher and I started nannying and I just knew that that was what I was supposed to do and I never stopped nannying. It just became what I was supposed to do.
CCN: What do you think has been the most rewarding thing you have learned throughout your current placement?
Rose F.: If I had to pick something, it would probably be the impact that I have on Jill*. Just spending time with her every day, teaching her kindness and how to treat others and handle tough situations, essentially being her role model every day. They’re so appreciative and they (my nanny family) let me know that and that’s extremely rewarding for me at the end of the day. How they are at the end of the day and how they thank me just makes my whole day.
CCN: What do you think has been beneficial about working with an agency like Chicago Collegiate Nannies?
Rose F.: Probably knowing that I have some to go to for any questions or concerns. Not that I’ve ever been in any difficult situations, but before I would find my nanny families by myself and if there was anything going on or I had any questions, there wasn’t anyone to turn to research on my own. And I didn’t have a group of nannies I could go to to say “have you been in a similar situation?” and “what should I do?” and things like that. And also, the placement process was amazing. I knew that Lydia was trying to find a good family for me and had the family’s best interest when she was talking to them to make sure everyone was going to be happy.
CCN: What advice would you give to someone who is looking to become a professional nanny?
Rose F.: I would say to just go for it. If you have the passion for working individually with the same children every day for a long span of time or however long the family needs you, just to do it. It’s the most rewarding job. You build such special bonds and relationships with them that at the end of the day, you will not be disappointed.
CCN: Do you have any plans and goals for yourself personally and professionally in the next five years?
Rose F.: I would like to eventually have my own family. And then to start and in home childcare center, if all my dreams could come true. I love working and I love nannying in these family’s homes, but eventually 5-10 years from now, I would like to have that in home and be able to start my own family and have my kids join with the childcare center. I’d essentially be doing the same thing I’m doing now, but in a little bit different situation.
CCN: What would you say has been the biggest lesson you have learned as a nanny?
Rose F.: To be prepared for anything. Every day is going to be different. Every day is not going to run as smoothly as you want it to. Whether the kids are sick, having a bad day, they didn’t sleep well, they’re not eating what you want to make them, [I’d say] to not let it get you down because the good times really overrun the days that are going as you’d hope they would. Just be prepared and turn it around the best that you can because a lot of times, you can be like “this day is not going well” and “what am I going to do? The kids are mad” but you just have to be prepared for it and you have to turn it around.
CCN: Are there any other tips and tricks you would like to share?
Rose F.: My tips and tricks would probably be that I always have some sort of planned activity each day. I know it sounds so simple, but if you don’t have something planned or something in the back of your head, the day just gets away from you and things can get very repetitive. So that’s what I always tell people especially if they’re bored or they’re having a hard time filling up the day and making the kids happy, is to come up with something different, something fun, something creative and something to get everyone’s minds going through the day and it’s amazing what that will do.