Wherever you are living in Canada, whether it is Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver or Montreal, there are sure to be parents who need nannies and babysitters. If you love kids and are interested in becoming a Canadian nanny or babysitter, here are some tips to help you get started.
Number one on your list should be getting good references. Whether you are going out on your own to look for jobs, or joining a Canadian nanny agency to get your foot in the door, you will need people to recommend you as a nanny, and as trustworthy person. You can ask employers, colleagues and acquaintances for these references. You can also ask friends, but employers don’t tend think much of these references, as they are obviously biased.
A great resource for finding Canadian nanny and babysitter jobs is a free online service called NannyServices.ca. This site is meant for job seekers and for employers, which means that if you join as a job seeker, you will automatically have access to jobs offered by employers. In order to upload your profile, you will need to fill out a number of forms, and to complete a criminal background check as well. A criminal background check ensures that employers feel safe and secure with the nanny they are hiring.
Once you make initial contact with a potential employer, and on paper your skills and availability match their requirements, you will then go on an interview. During the interview, you will meet your potential employers, and quite possibly their children as well. Many parents like to have their children meet their potential nanny to see how the children react to her, and how she reacts to them! If you meet the children, you can try to connect to them by asking, “What’s your favorite place to visit in Toronto,” or “Do you speak English and French? Me too!” If the parents see that you get along with their children, it can give you a major advantage.
Another major advantage is if you are certified in any sort of emergency training, such as CPR or first aid, specifically for children or babies. Parents feel much more secure knowing that in case of an emergency, you can rely on your training and will be able to handle the situation.
Another advantage when seeking Canadian nanny and babysitting jobs is to know your way around the area where you are seeking employment. For example, if you have specific knowledge of the neighborhood, and a broader knowledge or Vancouver, or Calgary, that can show the parents that you are “with-it,” and should you ever need to take the kids out, the parents won’t fret that you don’t know where you are going.
While you don’t want to come as arrogant, you should by no means sell yourself short. When you are being interviewed, make sure to mention your positive assets, and any additional things that might set you apart from the crowd.
Remember, there will be competition when seeking Canadian nanny and Canadian babysitter jobs, but once you have the right references and make a good impression during the interview, the bottom line is that parents want someone who will be kind to their children. Kindness includes playing with them, entertaining them, as well as setting limits. If parents see that you are genuine in your care and concern, they will feel at ease.
Moreover, they will begin to recommend you to their friends and family, so that even when your services are no longer needed (the kids grow up, parents change jobs), you will find other jobs easily. Also, if you decide to move, whether it’s from Toronto to Vancouver, or Calgary to Edmonton, you will be able to take your references with you and find more Canadian nanny and babysitting jobs successfully.