A family with six-year-old girl/boy twins is looking for a live-in nanny in Richmond within walking distance to University of Richmond. Living with an on-call surgeon and a concert violinist who works many evenings and weekends, the nanny will need to be flexible with hours worked due to the parent's varying shifts and busy work schedules.
Care will be required on weekdays from wake-up to drop off (8:30am) every morning, most afternoons (3pm-dinner time), and 2-3 weekday nights. Saturday, care will be needed from mid-morning through lunchtime as well as Saturday evening. Sundays will be off unless parents are gone for a long weekend which happens roughly 4 times a year. The nanny will have a lot of time off during the week.
The nanny will have paid holidays/breaks when the family is traveling. The nanny will have her own private room and bathroom with an entrance through the garage vs the front door. This will be the second live-in nanny the family has employed with the first nanny living there for six years. This is an ideal position for someone who is planning to move to Richmond to either study or enjoy city life.
Date posted January 22, 2020
Job Title Live-in Nanny
Number of children 2
Location Richmond (close to UR)
Hours See above
Total # of hours per week Average of 40 hours a week
Preferred start date July 2020
Job duration Long-term
Compensation To be negotiated
Taxes deducted Yes
Paid time off Yes - up to 10 days paid vacation
Parents working from home part-time
Children with special needs No
Travel with family required No
Nanny car provided Minivan for driving kids but not for personal use
Overnights needed No
Duties and Responsibilities
- Always follow parents' specific instructions with regards to all aspects of childcare and the children's safety, supervising them always.
- Take time to learn the parent's style of childcare and follow it as best as possible.
- Be positive and have a good working attitude.
- Model the correct behavior and attitude to the children through language and actions
- Discipline poor behavior and focus on encouraging good behavior
Children's Well-being and Safety
- Ensure the infant's health, well-being and safety is the nanny's priority always.
- Ensure the children are dressed appropriately for the weather.
- maintain a safe and organized play area free from potential hazards
- Teach children about dangers such as heights, heat, water, electricity.
- ensure the play equipment, facilities, games and toys are well sanitized, clean and in correct working order
- comply with and uphold all health, safety and security regulations and procedures
- respond promptly and appropriately to difficult or emergency situations
- put children to bed according to a set routine
- Limit cellphone usage and texting to communicating with the parents and for essential issues.
- educate children on the importance of good personal hygiene habits including washing hands and using the toilet
- Nanny should wash hands before and after meal prep, meals, accompany children to the bathroom.
- Shower the children every evening
Educational and School related tasks
- create daily activity plans that are age-appropriate and engaging
- Supervise all homework making sure everything has been completed. Provide basic academic help if needed
- Review notes from school and communicate with parents
- Prepare school bags for the following day
- Grocery shop for the kids and a few items for the parents
- Prepare a simple evening meal for the family or at least get it ready to cook
- Plan and prepare nutritionally balanced meals and snacks for both children. Do not feed the children anything new without consulting the parents first.
- Transport the children to and from school at desired time and accompany home. Be punctual.
- Transport children to and after-school and weekday/end activities
Playtime and Activities
- When time and weather allow, take the children outside to play.
- Indoor activities should include games, reading, music, movement, singing, crafts and baking when time allows
- Create a stimulating and nurturing environment for the infant including daily reading encouraging the infant to turn pages and point, listening to music, floor play, cuddles and lots of talking to encourage language development
- As the child gets older adapt activities to encourage learning through play
- encourage participation by all children in activities
- Keep all play/sleep/eating areas clean and tidy which may include filling/emptying the dishwasher, wiping surfaces, cleaning up after meals and messy play, cleaning/vacuuming the floor, tidying toys, making the children's beds.
- Help with children's laundry including washing, folding and putting away as designated areas. Fold parents' laundry.
- Communicate all details with parents including any issues or concerns about the child in a timely manner
- Keep up-to-date records for each child including details about behavior, activities, meals and medication
- Keep cellphone on during working hours for the purposes of communicating with the parents and for emergencies only.
- Always advise parents of your whereabouts when you leave the house.
- Ensure the children follow good hygiene habits washing hands before meals etc.
- Teach the children good social manners and appropriate behavior by being a good role model and gently correctly unwanted behavior
- Perform light housework related to children care, including cleaning up after meals, tidying play areas encouraging the children to help, laundry, sweep floors, empty dishwasher etc.