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Professional Nannies | Infant Care Specialists

What is a Professional Nanny or Infant Care Specialist in the South African Context?

There is often confusion over the difference between a domestic and a professional nanny in South Africa, especially for our foreign guests. A professional nanny in South Africa, is a professional, responsible, experienced, educated and even trained person who cares for the entire welfare of children usually aged 5 years old or below whilst in his or her care and usually on a full day basis and is not responsible for general household cleaning dutiesn although they may be responsible for cleaning duties specifically related to the children's care. A professional nanny in South Africa is the equivalent of a professional nanny in the UK. Sitters4U places strictly professional nannies and does not place domestic nannies.

Professional nannies are expected to do more than simply supervise the children in their care. While parents are always a child's primary care providers and role models, it is a professional nannies role to support the parents by contributing to theirs and and their children’s vital support network. They assist in providing adequate stimulation and assisting the child or children to reach their developmental milestones. Review the duties of a professional nanny or infant care specialist below.

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Minimum Requirements for Professional Nannies and Infant Care Specialists

Our Professional Nannies and Infant Care Specialists have:

  • Experience and References: At least 3 year’s of experience working with infants and toddlers with contactable references other than friends or family, most having 3 to 10 years of experience or more. 
  • Vehicles: Their own vehicles and driver’s licenses. 
  • Education: A minimum of matric with a minimum of a 50% pass rate, most have a university or childcare related tertiary education. We prefer candidates who have completed related care courses such as infant care, baby massage and early childhood development tertiary level courses.
  • Personality: A passion for working with babies and toddlers, proven through their experience and education, a loving, patient and nurturing personality.
  • First Aid: A SETA approved first aid course or they must sign up for a course when joining our team.
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How do we screen our Professional Nannies and Infant Care Specialists?

  • Applicants are personally interviewed by a trained Sitters4U Recruiter.
  • Applying applicants submit copies of ID, drivers license, proof of address, first aid, matric or higher certification and criminal clearance which are checked.
  • References are checked by a Sitters4U recruiter or representative.

What does a Professional Nanny or Infant Care Specialist earn?

Salaries are dependent on the experience and education level of the au pair and your families requirements; if traveling is required, the number and age of children requiring care, the duties required and the number of shifts/hours required per week.

  • Half day:From 2 to 6 hours per day: R 5000 to R 15 000 per month.
  • Full day: From 6 hours upwards per day: R 10 000 to R 30 000 per month.

Duties of a Professional Nanny or Infant Care Specialist

An professional nanny or infant care specialist usually works full day, although they may also be requested half day, and may do extra babysitting or adhoc childcare for her/his employers from time to time. In this section we look mainly at the duties of a nanny caring for a child under the age of 5 years old. 
  • Dress children and change diaper's.
  • Wash and sterilise bottles and prepare formula.
  • Prepare foods and feed the child/children
  • Bathing of the child/children.
  • Washing babies clothing.
  • Organizing and packing away of toys and materials to ensure order in activity areas.
  • Washing dishes, changing bedding, sanitizing of toys and play equipment.
  • Keeping records of the days activities, meals served, medications administered and milestones, observe and monitor a child’s development.
  • Accompany children to group activities and classes, on outings, and to medical appointments.
  • Creation, management and implementation of a child’s schedule including planning age appropriate, stimulating recreational activities, eating times and sleeping times.
  • Avoiding over stimulation.
  • Identifying signs of emotional or developmental problems in children and bringing them to the parents´or guardians´ attention.
  • Reading, imaginative play, finger painting, baby massages, making music with things like pots and wooden spoons, exploring and introducing the child/children to the world around them and having as much fun as possible.
  • Formal lesson planning and delivery to assist the child in reaching their cognitive, emotional, communication, reading, numeracy, social, emotional and physical milestones.
*If your children are over the age of 5 years old, please review the duties that may be expected for the care of children over 5 years old here.

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