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Emma
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have grown up around children my entire life. I started babysitting when I was 10 years old looking after cousins, nieces and nephews. I then found my love for children when I started working summer camps during the summer. I loved working with kids so much that I decided to become a nanny. I hav
Danielle
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: 2017-07-19

Babysitting, caring for three young nephews and other family members
Chau Chin
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have had a lot of experience working with children in various settings. I've run lunch and after school programs, organized summer camps and also tutored children of various ages. I also work as a support worker, where I have worked with both youth and adults with disabilities.
Paris
Currently living in: Airdrie , AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have been babysitting since I was approximately 12 years old. I have 6 nieces and nephews so therefore I have been around small kids all my life and helping care for them
Itoro Ruth
Currently living in: Calgary , AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have worked with children For the past 6 years and every experience has been exciting, my last experience was working at as an educational aid with child with special needs, I worked with therapists and psychologists to help the child achieve their best and highest potentially, and it was
Mikayla
Currently living in: Airdrie, AB
Available to Start: 2017-07-24

Working at The Little Gym of Airdrie. I was a supervisor/manager and made sure that everything was run smoothly.
Fernanda
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I am a 26 years old student, currently living in Calgary. Even though my professional Resume might seem a little technical, I have a lot of life experience.
Sharon
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

Although I may lack childcare experience, I have attended classes in my University career in relation to family life in various socioeconomic scenarios. I have also worked in various situations that required me to work with a large range of ages and backgrounds. I believe my knowledge and
Kiara-Leigh
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

Babysitting for 4-5 years
Mayra
Currently living in: Chestermere, AB
Available to Start: 2017-07-24

2000-2003-Dayhome Provider-Provided exceptional care to children ages 2-5.
Riya Agna
Currently living in: Calgary , AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

Was taking care of xx in Cochin India when her parents was going for work. Started in September 2015 till April 2017
Courtney
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

Working with kids has been a passion of mine since my little brother. But since then I have worked in all different settings related to kids from being a casual babysitter to a outreach program coordinator for at risk youth.
Nicole
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have volunteered to work one on one with children with terminal illnesses.
Miyuki
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: 2017-07-10

Had my own day home for 3years and been working in children's ministry for 5years at church.
Rosette
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: 2017-07-24

I had a beautiful childcare experience until I left child care for the purpose of furthering my studies at university.
Liemaa
Currently living in: Calgary , AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

My childcare experience was good . When I babysat I would have games for the children, I would feed them. I would change them and also put them down for naps
Renata
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: 2017-09-04

I have a younger sister whom I've had to take care of constantly, plus various years of experience babysitting other children with ages ranging from a year old to 8 years old. Also have experience babysitting multiple children at once.
Marissa
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have worked as
Issa
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

My past childcare experience has been short but hoping to expand and creating more experiences.
Karen
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have worked in the field for almost 20 years, in multiple settings. I prefer the older children. Can go on more adventures!
Alexandra
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

Younger siblings, previous relationship involving a child, and plenty of babysitting for friends and through word of mouth.
Nishma
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

At home. With xx Transportation. With xx Fitness
carmela
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

In my past work experience in day care. I enjoy taking care and playing with them. They are so candid and innocent.
Taler
Currently living in: Edmonton, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I am a fun, outgoing, and responsible nanny. I have been babysitting since I was old enough to get my babysitting license at 12. I was a live in nanny for two years while I was school. I was responsible for the whole household; cleaning, cooking as well as childcare. I also volunteered to work with
nina
Currently living in: Edmonton, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

i took care of my grand nephew from birth to 13. i took care of my neice from birth to adulthood. i was a nanny for 2 children for one year 2006-2007 in Edmonton Canada. i have done alot of babysitting since i was a teenager. i was an aupair for 1 year in Belgium responsible for 2 girls ages 2 .
Natalie
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I started babysitting in the nursery at my church at age 11. From there I worked many weekends as a babysitter for years, and later went on to become a dance teacher for children between the ages of 3 to 16. I also worked at a kids overnight camp for children with disabilities and behavioural
Tina
Currently living in: Edmonton, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I worked in a daycare in the woods in Germany for 8 moonths and as a Nanny in Canada for 5 years. I also worked as a tutor for many years. 2 of the families I provided care for had twin babies (infants), and both family had two older children. The other families I worked for had children ages 2 to .
lyndsey
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have been babysitting consistently for the same family for 2 years. ages 7-12. I love children and am currently in university completing my 3rd year in elementary education. I have first aid training and a passion and talent for child care
alexys
Currently living in: Edmonton, AB
Available to Start: 2016-04-20

i have been babysitting for most of my teenage years. i am currently in the elementary education program so i am around children a lot. i have volunteered for the children stollery as well
Sentayeha
Currently living in: Edmonton, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have been taking care of children for over 10 years. I started off at my church organizing sunday school twice a week for 2 years. In 2009 I started working at the xx as a swimming instructor teaching infants all the way to adults different levels of swimming. I also was apart of the summer day ..
Madison
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have previously had two different nanny positions in my time as a nanny and I have also babysat for numerous families over the years. Most recently, I was a nanny for a family of two wonderful kids ages five and seven for 1 year. Prior to that position I was a nanny for another family with two ...
Dina
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: 2015-10-21

I was a pre school Teacher and a Kindergarten Teacher. A caregiver for 3 years and 2 years in Macau, China. 5 Months in a family of 5, 3 kids ages 3,5 and 6 in Evergreen, S.W. Calgary. Furthermore, willing to do everything, I am a fun, loving, honest, hard working and love kids.
Jessy
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have been a professional nanny since 2009, working with several families with children ranging in age from newborns to kindergarten/grade 1 age. I have taken kids to and from school and activities, helped with school assignments and reading, prepared meals for the children and taken them on fun ..
Allison
Currently living in: Edmonton, AB
Available to Start: 2015-10-01

I worked as a nanny taking care of three children ages 8 month, 5 and 7 years old. Some of my responsibilities
Mary Ann
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I've worked as a nanny for 3 years i took care infant to 6 years old my duties are pick up and drop off to school,preparing their meal,help them with their home work as well.We also love to read books and play at the park.I love baking and movie time with the kids.
Alanna
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: 2015-07-02

I currently work as an early childhood practitioner for the xx, I work with children aged 3-5. I have also worked in a elementary school for two years as well as in several youth care facilities. I have been working with children and youth for the past seven years as I have my degree in psychology.
Joelle
Currently living in: Tilley, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have been working in child care for 5 years, starting with the typical babysitting, then moving up to a after school program that lead into summer camps for children. I then went off to college to pursue my career in Early Childhood Education, and graduated with honors. I have done 4 practicums ..
Farida
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

Ii work more than 2 years in Hongkong. 2 girls ages 1&4. Elderly care for 1 year and 8 months for a 91 years old lady Taking care of 2 boys 3&1 for 8 months here in Canada
Helena
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: 2015-05-22

-I have babysat/nannied for a variety of children ages 6months-10 years old. Duties included bathing, dressing, feeding, providing emotionally/physically stimulating activities, socialization, helping with homework, running errands etc.
Sidney
Currently living in: Bow Island, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have babysat children from baby to pre-teen for 9 years. My niece and nephew are 6 and 7 and my absolute favourite pastime is hanging out with them, whether we're playing in the dirt, riding bikes or reading books - quality time with them is just the best. Also, I was a lifeguard for 4 years and .
Ma Eleonor
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I do have 9 exp in childcare. This includes infant, toddler, twins and also with health needs like with heart defect and with traecheostomy
morgana
Currently living in: Edmonton, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

Work and Experience in
Melissa
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: 2016-03-02

I have take care full time of a girl of 3 years old in México and a 3 year old boy here in Calgary.
Vanessa
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I am currently an Au Pair in Florida, USA and I love my family very dearly and my boys ages 5 and 7 are the world to me. I have been hear for almost a year now and have had the best experience taking care of them and making their everyday lives more fun and easy.
julia
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

Although I have not been a nanny before I have 2 years work experience with children of all ages. I also volunteered with children in programs such as, xx, xx at my church and in the babysitting program at the xx.
Gabriele
Currently living in: Edmonton, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

Child Development Supervisor (Level
Shirley
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

Supervised outdoor and indoor play, Provide nutritional feeding, Established great rapport for children under my care, Practice discipline,
Tara
Currently living in: Edmonton, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I am currently a live in nanny for a 4 year old girl and a 5 month old boy. Prior to this I taught English as a second language to elementary school students. I also have extensive babysitting experience.
Nicola
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I was a nanny for 2 boys, ages 5 and 7 for over a year.
Jagoda
Currently living in: Edmonton, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

For 4 years I took care of the child
Dennis
Currently living in: Grande Prairie, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I've been exposed in pediatric wards during my years being nurse in the Philippines.
Tamara
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I am the 2 child of 4 kids and have babysat my own siblings since I was 9, along with other families from age 10 - current age ( 26). I have worked in nursery and sunday schools at church since I was 11 years old. I have a lot of experience with babies and children of all ages. I am going to school
Sintay
Currently living in: Edmonton, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I worked as a Camp Leader taking care of children who's parents have to work during the day. I taught them swimming, played sports, arts and crafts, cooking class and recreational games. I had those kids for 9 hours a day and 5 days a week.
Cassandra
Currently living in: Edmonton, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have past babysitting experience, as well as ongoing volunteer work at my local preschool, and volunteering abroad in an orphange
Givel
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

i have been working as a nanny/childcare for almost 5 years and i am already well verse with child care and child discipline as well as providing them a great sense if camaraderie by arranging playdate,bringing them to the park as well as to the library.I am also a responsible nanny looking for the
Dette
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

hi! I am a Filipina registered nurse back in the Philippines working in paediatric ward,neonatal ICU and OB for 2 years. I am patient, energetic, fun, and loves kid. I knew well the developmental stage of a child and its management, the proper activities for each development, and the safety and ...
Amanda
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have 2 years nanny exp
Gem
Currently living in: Airdrie, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

Children are like clay and the adult closest to them is who molds them and decides which figure to form and what kind of techniques to use for their masterpiece, the process is fun, complex and constant.They are the society of tomorrow. That is why is very important to take the time to be with
Anna
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I currently work part time at a Children's Program. I care for mixed age groups and create the monthly evening programming.
Patricia
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

Have worked in group homes, for babysitting agency and privately with children of all ages and abilities.
Lorena
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

Mother of 2/ school volunteer/ previous nanny when young.
Melissa
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have worked as a gymnastics coach for the past 5 years working with children from ages 2 and 1/2 to 16 leading gymnastics classes, as well as summer camps, birthday parties and other childcare events. I also have experience babysitting for children of family ages 4-8.
Shaelyn
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: 2017-07-10

I would cook for the children, help with homework (if any), bathe them, change diapers, help them go to the bathroom, and feed babies and toddlers. I made connections with the children and each time I babysat it was a great experience.
Kaitlyn
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have baby sat for multiple families in my teenage years. Ages ranging from 6 - 13. The experience was great and I always enjoyed spending time with the children.
Holly
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: 2017-08-01

Family babysitting from a young age, childcare experience during schooling years, qualified teacher.
Amarjit
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have one year experience working with children aged infant to 10 years in home-care and 4 years experience working with children in the hospital.
ambarene
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have 16 and 17 yr old girls who I home schooled and are in going to grade 12
Elaine
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I previously worked as a nurse, I have experience caring for babies, toddlers and school age children. Including those born premature with disability and multiples.
Kayla
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have had a nanny or babysitter position for about 5 years. I have taken care of children from the age of a few months old to individuals in their mid-teens. I am able to change diapers, do housework, cook, and clean.
Caitlin
Currently living in: Calgary , AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have worked in childcare since I was 13 (over 20 years! ) I have worked full-time as a nanny and as a casual babysitter. I love kids! Most recently I worked at the xx of Calgary as a program leader for kids aged 6 through 16. It was a wonderful experience. Currently I am completing my Masters of .
Concepcion (Connie)
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: 2017-07-24

As Lunch supervisor of grade 1 and 2 pupils.
Maimuna
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

Did many childcare programs with the Muslim Society of Guelph, ON.
argie
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I don't really have a professional childcare experience but I used to take care my nieces since they were born and now I am taking care my own daughter fulltime.
ALLYSSA
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have taken care of children ages infant to 13 years old. Too and from day care and school, appointments, extra activities
Jane Mercy
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: 2017-07-03

I consider that my experience in caring for my kid all by myself is an excellent experience. I was breastfeeding her until she's 1 year old then cares a lot for her after my job. I was primarily responsible in caring for my lovely daughter.
Linda
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: 2017-07-03

When I was back home I worked with 3 families. Two of them with 3 kids and the other one with 4. I loved working with them. It was fun and I learned so much from them. When I came to Canada I've been helping mostly friends to take care of their babies. I also volunteered at the xx in the childcare .
Adeola
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

My child care experience.
Amanihe
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have a lot of experience with children as I come from a very big family and have been caring for my cousins and siblings since I was 12
Rachel
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: 2017-05-15

it was a fun and educational experience. Working with the same kids over and over for a couple years. The kids grew to respect me and listen to me but we also had lots of fun.
kathleen
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

i have been working as a nanny since 1989. I have cared for children up to age 9. Infant twins have also been in my care
Kym
Currently living in: Magrath , AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

To broad of a question will have to ask and find out about my past experiences. Thanks
Remedios
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

The first family I looked after their children ages 2 months and 2 years old.At 8 a.m.I start my work,feeding,dressing them up,playing ,walk them outside,walk them in the playground,having playdates,drive them to swimming,reading books and outdoor activities.The second family I looked after their ..
Yolanda
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: 2016-07-01

• Provided full time childcare for children since 3 months old to 6 years old. • Performed indoor activities: playing games, reading books, singing songs, teaching them the alphabet, numbers, colors and some basic expressions in a new language like Spanish, etc, etc. • Reinforcin...
Ronabelle
Currently living in: Edmonton, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I do volunteer at the Day Care here in Canada. Back home, I tok care of my nephews since birth till 9 years old. I also do volunteering in The Children's Library, where their parents can leave their children to watch our puppet shows, reading books, listening to music and educational games in
Abby
Currently living in: Red Deer, AB
Available to Start: 2015-12-21

I am a social worker looking for a part time second job!
lorna
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

4 years i have experience to look after a kid in hongkong,and here in canada i have 4 years experience to look after 12 months ols and 3 haft old.
Maristella
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: 2015-05-05

It was very challenging job, feed the baby, taking a bath, change clothes, and play with.
Agnes l
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

My previous job iWork with newborn and 12 months baby I feed the 12 months ang take her to park ,play her teach her some games and songs,
Madison
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have been babysitting for around 7 years and one of those years I had the opportunity to work for Lil' Stinkers day home in okotoks.
Kaitlyn
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have experience working as a babysitter, nanny, teaching dance to young children, and running children's programs.
Elliott
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have worked with a wide variety of children and ages, from nannying, to swim instructing, to nannying. I have a great bond with kids and love working with them. I have worked with kids with disabilities, illness and twins. I handle pressure and stress with ease. I believe I am an excellent
Floresma
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have a child care expirience in the hospital settings and I did take care of my nephew since he was infant
Greta
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

Well it is really a wonderful feeling to take care of a baby. As well as you are enjoying it. It is more than a job. Its just like a hobby. Taking care of them as your own:-). So tiring but if you're enjoying what you're doing.
annaleah
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I am a Filipina (from the Philippines), 25 years old and presently residing NW Calgary. I am hoping to find a host family and become their full-time Live-in Caregiver.
Rochel
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: 2016-05-01

I have almost 6 year experience here i canada and in hongkong
alisha
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have been a nanny for 8 yrs and have 3 children of my own. I have a criminal record check, CPR and a drivers license.
olivia
Currently living in: Edmonton, AB
Available to Start: 2014-05-26

I am the oldest of the 4 children in my family, I have cared for my 3 younger siblings on various occasions. In highschool I babysat part time, which included feeding, putting to bed a 3 year old. Later I was a live in nanny for my step sister, she had 3 children 4 months, 2 years, and a 5 year old.
Rowena
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

Honestly i have a childcare experience in my to brother's coz i am the eldest and i attend the training before when i took a 6 mos.caregiver
Tasha
Currently living in: Edmonton, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

Growing up in a large family of 12 kids, 10 under the age of 10, has given me a lot of childcare experience. I would babysit the ten youngest often while my aunt went to work, including preparing meals, aiding in homework, cleaning up, and bathing and putting children to bed.
Cali
Currently living in: Calgary, AB
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have been working with children of all ages for many years now, and i absolutely love it. My experience is in a range of areas, from childcare centers, babysitting to family's. I also have some college in the early childhood education program.

Fun facts about Alberta

A nanny is not just a sitter. She is like a family member, expected to nurture and bond with your child. So be willing to spend some time during the interview process to choose an Alberta nanny who is the "right fit" for you and your family.

Here are some basic guidelines to follow:

  1. Choose a nanny who shares your family's values. The more you and your nanny have in common, the more easily a strong relationship will develop. Perhaps you and your spouse are quiet and reserved, or may be you are outgoing and enjoy a noisy household. Find a care giver who complements your personalities.
  2. Look for a nanny who seems mature. Ask her how she would handle different situations with your children. Do her responses seem appropriate? Do they reflect your family's views on child rearing?
  3. Ask your nanny how she handles stress. Offer examples of situations, and gauge her responses. You want to find a candidate who is aware of her own emotions and can handle your children's emotions appropriately.
  4. Find out about your nanny's upbringing. How was discipline handled in her home? How does she resolve conflicts?
  5. Seek out a nanny who has an eager interest in child development. A lot of the young women motivated to be nannies look forward to the adventure of living in a new community and learning a new culture. But you also want to make sure she has a sincere interest in, and commitment to, caring for children.

You've made the decision to hire an Alberta nanny to care for your child or children. But the directory of available care givers is long, and the nannies all seem well-qualified.

With so many choices, how do you choose the right one? After all, your nanny will be like a member of your family and be caring for the most important people in your life -- your children.

  • Your first step should be to sit down with your spouse or partner and make a list of expectations. Imagine the qualities you want in your future nanny. These qualities will vary from family to family. Perhaps you want a nanny who has a lot of experience as a professional care giver. Or maybe it is important to hire a nanny who loves sports and athletics, since your children are involved in these activities.
  • Next make a list of her duties. Will she be cooking meals for the children each day? Do you expect her to put the kids to bed each night? Be specific as possible and be willing to share these expectations in your interview with her.
  • When you interview a prospective nanny, don't ask too many yes-and-no questions. Ask open-ended questions to elicit as much information as possible.

Purchase annual passes to the Calgary Zoo for your nanny and children. After a few visits, it more than pays for itself.

Chances are your nanny and kids will want to return to the zoo again and again, because they will not be able to enjoy all the attractions in one or two visits. In addition, the zoo offers special events, like Halloween activities for kids. Also, different animals are on display throughout the year.

  • With annual passes your nanny and children will have unlimited access to the zoo, where kids can see such exotic creatures as an African crested porcupine, or meet Foggy the hippo, the oldest resident at 41 years.
  • Both nanny and children will delight in the flora and fauna at the botanical garden and the prehistoric park will amaze them.
  • The playground itself is a popular destination for visitors with children. It features animal-themed slides, tunnels and mazes.

Encourage your nanny to get the kids outdoors this summer and sample Alberta's annual festivals.

Some of these fests make great family outings. They can be educational for the kids and introduce your nanny to the province's culture and charm. Here are some not-to-be-missed events:

  • Calgary International Children's Festival. The arts festival of theater, dance and music is the unofficial kickoff to summer for families and the young at heart. Held at the end of May before school is out, there are hundreds of events and activities, scheduled on weekdays, nights and weekends.
  • Calgary Greek Festival: Live music, dancing and food highlight this three-day festival in June.
  • Calgary Stampede: Ten days of activities in mid-July include rodeos, concerts, farm and livestock competitions, chuckwagon races and traditional Indian dances. The parade alone draws more than 350,000 spectators.
  • Calgary Dragon Boat Race Festival: Teams from Western Canada and the United States compete in August on the Glenmore Reservoir, across from scenic Heritage Park.
Dragon Boat Festival: Races are held on the Glenmore Reservoir at the dock in North Glenmore Park, across from scenic Heritage Park. The August event draws over 50,000 visitors and over 3,000 paddlers and volunteers.

Help your new nanny get organized by providing a folder of fun activities that include a list of museums, with hours and directions for getting there.

Your new nanny is sure to appreciate your thoughtfulness and enjoy discovering the history of the province. With more than 25 museums, Calgary offers exhibits and activities that engage children and adults. Just check the Internet for details and print out the information she will need. Here are some suggestions:

  • Aero Space Museum: Airplanes of all sizes and types, from bi-planes to military flyers.
  • Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre: This domed structure is a sight to behold, modeled after the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. With exhibitions and a large restaurant.
  • Fort Calgary Historic Park: Visitors step back in time at this 1875 fort, once occupied by the North West Mounted Police. Seasonal hours from May-October.
  • Glenbow Museum: Calgary's diverse history is highlighted in exhibits of Native culture, western settlements and early farming.
  • Heritage Park and Historical Village: Pioneer life on the prairie is recreated at Canada's largest historical village. Catch a ride on a steam train or paddle-wheeler.
  • Olympic Hall of Fame & Museum: There are interactive games at this inspirational museum, which pays tribute to Canada's winter Olympians.
  • Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology: Calgary's own version of Jurassic park, this musuem contains the world's largest collection of complete dinosaur skeletons.