The childcare industry is booming. More and more professional families are in need of private Nannies and tutors, but finding the right role, and one that you feel you can commit to, can be a frustrating experience. Here are 5 tips our childcare experts have put together to help you find the desired role.
1. Get qualified
Experience is great, and will count for a lot, but if you are serious about a future career in Nannying and childcare, you should consider taking time out to get a relevant childcare, nursing or teaching qualification. A Norland, NVQ, Early Years Studies, OCN Maternity, PGCE or equivalent qualification will enhance your profile and you can start to command a higher salary. Paediatric First Aid certificates are mandatory for positions through Wright Tutors with young children and these can be updated and obtained via Baby Em or Safe and Sound.
2. Enhance your CV
Always highlight your qualifications and experience relevant to the role you’re applying for. Childcare, teaching and nursing degrees and qualifications should always be at the top of your CV. When listing work experience, detail the ages of the children and the duties of the role and remove any job experience that is not relevant to childcare. Add a picture of yourself to the top of your CV as clients will always want to see what a candidate looks like. If you have permission, one that includes yourself in a setting with children is always received well.
3. Beware of social media
Facebook and Twitter have become a great resource for job hunting and advertising, but make sure you are aware of how you use your profile, as more and more clients are checking candidate’s social media accounts prior to offering jobs. It’s a good idea to have a professional, public account and a private account for things related to your social activities.
4. Think carefully about the role you’re applying for
Some overseas positions are very attractive sounding and come with very high salaries, but always think about whether it is the right role for you. They are often very demanding, and you are duly rewarded, but permanent overseas roles require a strong commitment. Bear in mind cultural, climate and dietary changes and expect to work long hours.
5. Discuss the role in detail
It’s always good to go prepared with a list of questions about the role and cover everything you need to know, most importantly about the duties that will be required. It is always better to be clear and honest about what you are, and are not, willing to do. Common complications that arise are from things such as additional housework, babysitting and weekends so letting the agency and the client know your requirements in advance can save time down the line.
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