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Jayne
Currently living in: Port Alberni, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I love children and have been looking after them since I was 11. Just having a positive impact on a child's life is key to me.
BElla
Currently living in: North Vancouver, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

12+ years with fabulous references
Nicole
Currently living in: Invermere , BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

Children make me smile. They bring so much joy into our lives. I found it very rewarding having a dayhome and caring for young children while there parents were at work, now I see them many years later all grown up.
Joanna
Currently living in: Parksville, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have been a capable babysitter for the last six years, doing small jobs for family and friends. I am currently a volunteer childcare assistant at a local daycare/preschool where I engage with preschool age children, participate in their arts and learning and help them to build early childhood ...
Teresa
Currently living in: Union Bay, BC
Available to Start: 2017-07-01

When I was a teen, I babysat to earn money. I now have 20 plus years experience teaching -mostly to middle and high school, but also a year of primary.
Theresa
Currently living in: Vancouver, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

My name is Theresa and I am 19 years old. I am from Germany and currently live in North Vancouver, BC (since August).
tracey
Currently living in: Harrison Hot Springs, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I am a licienced Early Childhood Educator with a Dipolma in Special Needs. I currently work as a Head Start Parents and Tots Coordinator for two First Nation's. I have been in this position for over 6 years. As well, I work on call in a in xx Care and I have raised 4 children and I am currently .
Bronwen
Currently living in: Vancouver, BC
Available to Start: 2016-06-06

I have been taking care of kids for over 25 yrs and have been nicknamed "Mary Poppins", for my sense of magic, theater, humor, healthy amounts of discipline and morals. I have worked with children of all ages, and was a full time nanny for 2 boys, one of whom had cerebral palsy for 7 yrs.
Molly
Currently living in: Burnaby, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

Most recently i've worked at a Early Learning Centre in Nelson BC, i worked in the 0-3 room for over a year.
Kausar
Currently living in: Vancouver, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

As a mature primary school teacher, I have 30 years of experience caring for children of all ages. In my previous role as schoolteacher and school principal, I learned how challenging it could be to manage the varying needs of children in diverse stages of development. I honed the ability to care fo
Lexie
Currently living in: North Vancouver, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

12+ years experience: home schooling gifted kids; Suzuki violin/piano; dance lessons; take to activities; Science World; reading; great cook; play dates; adventure walks; travel with family; House Mgr; Exec Assistant; follow parents suggested discipline; birthday parties; attend school
Belle
Currently living in: Vancouver, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I was a kindergarten teacher for 2 years after graduating from a 4-year University program in Taiwan, where I completed a Bachelors of Education, specializing in Early Childhood Care and Education. I have experience working with children with special needs, helping them improve their levels of
Jayne
Currently living in: Quesnel, BC
Available to Start: 2015-10-01

I have looked after 3 kids under the age of 12 at one time. I have looked after infants. I am open and ready to learn and gain more experience in child care.
Annalisa
Currently living in: West Vancouver, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

Living on a street with many young families all throughout my teens, I was the resident babysitter and loved it. Now, in university I am looking to forge new relationships with new families.
Marites
Currently living in: Vancouver Bc, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have been working as a nanny for more than 20 years. previously i in singapore as a nanny for 20 years before i come here in canada 2013. i have been taking care the children age 3 to 14 years old. i can do housekeeping, cooking, marketing, laundry ect. Presently i am working here Vancouver BC my
Hayley
Currently living in: Victoria, BC
Available to Start: 2015-05-01

I have been watching children since the age of 12; have worked with children with disabilities. Growing up my mother did daycare, so I have been helping and around children my whole life.
Vicky
Currently living in: St. Thomas, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I started babysitting when I was 9, worked for a nursery school volunteering hired on as a nursery school teacher I worked there for 24 years, I've nannied for 9 years. I have 40 years experience.
Gabriella
Currently living in: Victoria , BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

Hello, I'm Gabriella. I am the youngest of a family of 6 sisters and 2 brothers, that being said I'm "Super Auntie!” I enjoy working with all ranges of children; I even have experience caring for a child with cerebral palsy. When I care for children I aim to become there friend and...
Susan
Currently living in: Surrey, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

i took care 14 months and 3 years old both girls, bring them into the park at summer time, play dates with friends, library, and teach them how to draw, paint and sing.
Amanda
Currently living in: North Vancouver, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

Currently am working for a international boarding school, caring for students between 12 and 17 years old. Previous to this I have worked at a summer camp with 7 to 17 year olds for 4 years.
Kaitlin
Currently living in: Chilliwack, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I began my childcare experience like most, I did odd babysitting jobs on the side through out middle and high school. After high school I became a full time nanny, Monday - Friday 8-4:00, for one 3 year old boy and occasionally his 6 year old brother if he was sick or under other circumstances. It .
Olena
Currently living in: Richmond, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have over 8 years of child education (teacher) and have been working as a nanny for 3 years. I am currently a nanny and looking after 2 kids: a girl (7 months) and a boy 2,5 years old. My first nanny position was for an 8 years old girl. I organized for her activities such as play-dates, board ...
Marianne
Currently living in: Vancouver, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I am a first year student attending UBC Okanagan with the goal of becoming a lawyer. I have been babysitting for 5 years (since I was 13 years). I have a lot of experience with children. I have babysat children from ages 1-11yrs old. I have 3 siblings (2 sisters and a brother) which I have helped ..
gabriela
Currently living in: Langley, BC
Available to Start: 2016-09-06

i've been a nanny for 9years,in my first employer, i work with them for 4 yrs,i prepare their breakfast,lunch,and snacks, i drop and pick up them from school,i bring them to the park if its sunny, i bring them to the library, science world and aquarium, i do some household chores like laundry and ..
Mary
Currently living in: Victoria, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

Working at xx one-on-one as a Behavior Interventionist. Working on-on-on in daycare hired as an Educational Assistant. As a day camp assistant. As a nanny in Vancouver for a month with my cousins, living at their house and taking them to school, sometimes preparing meals and cleaning up after them.
Megan
Currently living in: Vernon, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I've babysat a lot ever since I got my baby-sitting certificate in grade 7! For kids of all ages. Lots of overnight jobs and I had a after school nanny job in grade 9. I've nannyed for a family of 4 for the past 2 years in the summer.
Alanna
Currently living in: Roberts Creek, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have extensive child care experience with multiple ages of children. My most recent family I have worked with includes four children ages 7,5,2, and 1. I also teach at a preschool as an Early Childhood Educator. My references are impeccable, please contact me for further information as my resum
Kara
Currently living in: Victoria, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have a lot of childcare experience, including caring for children who have disabilities. I have been previously employed as a babysitter for private families, and I have been employed as a nanny for families over the last couple of years. I have experience working in Daycares and in preschools.
Courtney
Currently living in: Kelowna, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have enjoyed all my past experiences working with children, starting with babysitting at a young age I have grown fond of the connections I have built helping children grow and learn. Past job experience I have had required me to host children's birthday parties at a bakery for up to 12 kids on my
Excelsis
Currently living in: North Vancouver, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

i have 2 years experience of childcare in malaysia.I prepare meal for them,drop off and pick up them to school,assist them going outside to play or going to mall.assist them to do their assignment.
Jayme
Currently living in: Vancouver, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

Hello, My name is Jayme Ross and I am very interested in a job as a part time nanny working with a wonderful family. I have my ECE diploma, specializing in infants and toddlers, and my child care first aid certificate. I have worked in childcare for many years now, and am currently back at schoo...
Adriana
Currently living in: Vancouver, BC
Available to Start: 2013-11-02

I've been taking care of 2 babies for my last month in Toronto: 1 boy with 2 years and 6 months, 1 girl with 1 year and 6 months.
Monta
Currently living in: Vancouver, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I come from a family of 5 children, my youngest sister is gonna be 4 soon, but my oldest brother is almost 14. I've worked as a live in nanny in families in Luxembourg, England and Sweden. For the past four years I have been working as a teacher for kids aged 3 to 14.
Enriqueta
Currently living in: Se Calgary, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I had worked as a nanny ages 3-11 and worked in a daycare as an Early Child Educator.
CAROL
Currently living in: Kelowna, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

Includes raising my own children as well as caring for 3 step children.
Taygan
Currently living in: Langley, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have worked with families with children of all ages from infant to 14 years old. I have also nannied for families with a child with dissabilities and sets of twins.
Leilanie
Currently living in: Vancouver, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I was able to care for a newborn and infants. With my years of being a Nanny,I usually xperienced to care for pre school aged children too. I give them breakfast,lunch,and their dinner in a day. I bring them to parks,libraries and to field trips as well. I love going to parks with them. There's just
Sherry
Currently living in: Kelowna, BC
Available to Start: 2015-06-01

I am a mature,fun,educated Early Childhood Development/youth worker with 20+ years.I have worked as a private nanny/ caregiver with a family in Athens,Greece as well as (more currently) with families in Kelowna BC. My most enjoyable work experiences was as an Okanagan Boys & Girls Club ...
Emma
Currently living in: Victoria, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

At the age of 15, when I lived in Calgary Alberta, I babysat for 4 different families. Two of those families kept calling me for the next 4 years until I moved away to University. I still babysit for them from time to time when I go home for the holidays. I'm a very loyal sitter and the families I
mary joy
Currently living in: Langley, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

diaper changing,bottle feeding,bathing,preparing baby food,story reading,playing.
Jeniffer
Currently living in: New Westminster, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

Working with kids has been a very rewarding experience, they taught me that when you are working with kids, you cannot be so serious. I`ve learned to be very patience, and enjoy the days at the maximum.
Julie
Currently living in: Vancouver, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have been working for more than 26 years as a nanny since 1989 & lots of experiences to taking care for the children ages from new born to 10 years old & presently working as a Patient Care Aid at the hospital in VGH..Been working for my previous employers for 5 yrs.to look after the 3 boys sinc
Rory
Currently living in: Vancouver, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

Thank you. Rory
Madison
Currently living in: Abbotsford, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

Hello, My name is Madison. I have 4 years work experience with children aged 1 year to 16 years. I have worked in summer camps, classroom settings, and au pair jobs. I am comfortable caring for more than one child at a time, and have been responsible for 10 children aged 5, and 16 children at a...
Melanie
Currently living in: Richmond, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I worked as a Nanny in Hongkong for 3 kids ages, 12, 6 and 3 for almost two years. I currently taking care of two kids here in Richmond, B.C since August 2009. Kids ages 4 and the youngest was only 4mos when I arrived here.
Jeanelyn
Currently living in: Vancouver, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

For the past 15 years being with children, I would say it's fun and I am proud that i become more matured and educated to be confident in working with children who have different personality.
Ally
Currently living in: Vancouver, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have over ten years of child care experience. Most recently, I spent four years teaching martial arts to children and adults. I believe that an active lifestyle is an important piece of any child's development, and teaching martial arts is something I would love to bring to this job if the famil
Karen
Currently living in: Victoria, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I'm a mom of grown kids. I am currently working as an Early Childhood Assistant.I love working with the children. I have experience in education and also provided childcare with Home Childcare, and independent home childcare from infant to 6 for several years.
Paz
Currently living in: Burnaby, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I've been nanny for 16yrs.I love to play with the kids bring them out from any activities,preparing them healthy foods.reading books,I love to bring kids in outdoor like in the park,community,library and lots of time to make them fun.
mary ann
Currently living in: Vancouver, BC
Available to Start: 2015-11-20

i been working in a family with 8 mos and 5 yrs old. I prepare the kids meal, bring the kids to their acivities, arrange the kids playdate, drop them to school and evev walk the dog
Lindsay
Currently living in: Abbotsford, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I've been a nanny for 12 years and love it so much i cant picture doing anything else.
Villaflor
Currently living in: Surrey, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

Happy and challenging.
MARIA
Currently living in: Kelowna, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have experienced taking care of children ages 4 mos. old, 2, 5 and 10 years old. My main duties are meal preparation, give bath, change diaper, potty train, take them to some activities such as swimming, gymnastics, music lesson, softball game, drop and pick up kids at school,reading books, play .
Lydia
Currently living in: Nelson, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I haven't had any nanny experience but I have worked in a school aged care program and summer camps for a year and a half. I have also taught dance to children ages 3 to 7. I assisted in art classes for a week with kindergarten to grade 5 just to see what the career of teaching would be like.
Michaela
Currently living in: Vancouver, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

worked with children since i was 16, attended teacher training college, worked as an au pair and nanny before, worked at montessori school and regular schools
Sheyla
Currently living in: Victoria, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I am 30 years old and have tons of experience working with babies and toddlers and would love to be your nanny this summer. I have been both a live in and live out nanny including being an oversees live in nanny
Jordan
Currently living in: New Westminster, BC
Available to Start: 2017-02-01

I have a diploma in Child and Youth Care and am currently working towards my degree. I love working with children of all ages and have been nannying part time and full time since I started college. I have looked after children from the ages 6 months through to 12, with up to three children in a ..
Anne-Marie
Currently living in: Abbotsford, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

Each family I've been with has been 2 yrs or more. While the children are in my care I enjoy doing arts and crafts. baking. photo arts.
Amanda
Currently living in: Victoria, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

Well i have 2 siblings aged 8 and 6. I have babysat them for a long time, so i have some experience in that aspect. I also babysit for a 6 yr old and an 18 month old
Avonlea
Currently living in: Abbotsford, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have worked as a daycare teacher for 4 years now. My duties are facilitating games, preparing crafts for the daycare, supervision of children, circle time. I also have worked as a camp counsellor (I worked with a variety of ages.) I have my DayCare Assistant Certificate, and one semester of Early
Carmella
Currently living in: Langley, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

15 years child care and 7 years Special Teaching Assistant
Leona
Currently living in: Nanaimo, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

Have babysat off and on since I was 12. Raised 3 kids, now productive adults. Look after my sisters kids etc.
janele
Currently living in: Canal Flats, BC
Available to Start: 2017-07-01

I have experience working in a daycare and educational setting.
Stephanie
Currently living in: Parksville, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I am in the Child and Youth care Program at VIU, and I have babysat since I was 13. I have looked after some kids with FAS for my friend, and have taken care of infants.
leslie
Currently living in: Agassiz, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

respite babysitter with 7 children for a year as well as a foster parent to 4 children for 6 months. I currently attend college of the northern lights, getting my diploma in early childhood education. Been working in day cares for roughly 11 years
Marilyn
Currently living in: Agassiz, BC
Available to Start: 2016-07-04

I have taken care of children for the last 10+ years. I have 2 younger siblings, nieces and nephew and many cousins. I have always loved taking care of kids and thoroughly enjoy taking care of them. I have babysat for infant children up to the age of 10+. I would not only take care of them durin
cassan
Currently living in: North Vancouver, BC
Available to Start: 2016-07-04

In the summer of 2013 I had the amazing opportunity to work as a Daycare instructors assistant. My responsibilities included playing and entertaining the children (aged 4 months -5), making sure laundry was always done, helping to prepare lunch and snacks, as well as activities.
Carlene
Currently living in: Agassiz , BC
Available to Start: 2016-07-01

Early Childhood Educator with Infant/Toddler and Special Needs License to Practice in BC for over 30 years in Childcare. Currently ECD Manager for 11 childcare programs.
Sandra
Currently living in: Chilliwack, BC
Available to Start: 2016-07-01

Babysitting, Camp Counsellor, Summer Camp Sports and Music Coordinator, Out of School Care, Teacher (Kindergarten, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4)
Elisa
Currently living in: Vancouver, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

babysitting my ousin, nice and friends kids,and volunterring at a preschool
Elena
Currently living in: Burnaby, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I graduated Pedagogical College in Russia. I was Lead Teacher in Russia for 20 years. I have 5 years experience as a nanny here in Canada. My greatest experience here was being part o a family with 3 kids.
Marcia
Currently living in: Victoria, BC
Available to Start: 2015-04-20

I am an Early childhood educator and am specialized in infant and toddler. I have done 4 practicums in the field 4 months each. three of these were in daycares and one in a preschool. I am also a lifeguard and swimming instructor.
Jensen
Currently living in: Langley, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

Been taking care of children since I was 11! Very good at what I do and love the job aswell.
Jessica
Currently living in: Vancouver, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

Currently a nanny for 3 wonderful children in Vancouver BC, working 3 days a week as a live in. 8-11hour days. Light house work during the day, pre school and activity drop off, arranging play dates, meal prep and phone answering.
Margie
Currently living in: Vancouver, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

Meal preparation. Drop and pick up from school, taking to their activities and places which they want to go.
Rachelle
Currently living in: Maple Ridge, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have worked for two different families as a full time nanny. The first was for a little girl from 13m-2yrs old. Currently I am a full time nanny for 2 year old twin boys. I also have babysitting experience from ages newborn-8 years old
Ma Rose
Currently living in: New Westminster, BC
Available to Start: 2017-01-08

enjoy to taking care of them
Elora
Currently living in: Victoria, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have babysat since as long as I can remember and am currently a nanny for twin baby girls for almost a year now.
Lili
Currently living in: Vancouver, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I currently supervise two children, a girl aged 12 and a boy aged 6. My duties involve getting them ready in the morning and preparing a nutritious breakfast. I then transport them to and from school. I teach them Mandarin and accompany the younger boy with his piano practice. I transport the
Jillian
Currently living in: Victoria, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have babysat for toddlers living on my street growing up as well as occasional babysitting of younger siblings of friends.
Laura
Currently living in: West Vancouver, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I love working with children. I'm an independent music teacher part-time and have been teaching kids for 12 years. I'm the oldest of 3 kids in my family and have been babysitting since I was 12 years old. I have also nannied for many families while the parents are away for weeks at a time on busines
Dena
Currently living in: Courtenay, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have extensive experience with children. I graduated from the Early Childhood Care and Education program in my early 20's and worked in a few pre-school/daycares, but found I liked nannying better, and spent over the next three years with 2 different families.
Jody
Currently living in: Delta, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

Live-in caregiver for six months in 2011. Babysitting for six years.
Merle
Currently living in: Langley, B.c., BC
Available to Start: 2013-08-01

Looking after children's needs. Assisting school activities and homeworks.
Jessica
Currently living in: West Kelowna, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

My past experiences have been amazing!! My last & current nanny position is with three little boys ages 8months,, 2 & 3. I've been with this family for 2 years now and have seen all the boys grow I love every second of my day!!
Nancy
Currently living in: Vancouver, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

full sole charge of the children,meal preparation, engage in playing, reading story books, driving them to their activities , playing at the parks or other recreations and dropping them for school.
Ramona
Currently living in: Agassiz, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

Forty-five years of being a live out nanny
Sheryl
Currently living in: Vancouver, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I took care of two kids in Hong Kong. I was the one preparing their things, foods and helping them with their homeworks and other activities. I also took care of 2 kids here in vancouver
Divinagracia
Currently living in: Vancouver, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

my duties for child are feeding them, bathing, playing, cooking foods, reading books, singsong, taking them to community center, library,parks, teaching them to read & have fun with them in childrens games
Paige
Currently living in: Vancouver, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

Coming from a large family, I learned to take care of my cousins and relatives from a very young age. Taking trips to the beach, up the lake, and having slumber parties are all in my repertoire of previous nanny experience.
Michele
Currently living in: Chilliwack, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I began at age 11 babysitting evenings and all day weekends for a group of Flight Attendants. This lasted until I was approx. 14 yrs old. I was a favourite as I was developing good leadership qualities and always kept my charges busy with games.
Nelly
Currently living in: Vancouver, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

Experienced for the last 8 years in London, England, providing care to many families (references available) and working for a Babbysitting Agency in London, U.K. Currently working for a canadian lovrely family in B.C. Im very responsible, caring and adaptable mature and well educated person.
Farzana
Currently living in: Burnaby, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I have experience working with children for more than ten years. I've taken care of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school age children.
Tory
Currently living in: Prince George , BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

Well i have thirteen nieces and nephews so I'v done my fair share of childcare aswell as my experience with the elderly through my jobs at the independant care homes!
julie
Currently living in: Vancouver, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

Experience from 6 months to 12 years old. Worked in private homes for 10 years and at childcare group centers for 2 years. Have a license in Early Child hood Education, First Aid, Food Safe and Criminal Record check. Drive children to school, various activities, playdates, parks, and pick up from .
Hazel Ann
Currently living in: Victoria, BC
Available to Start: Start Date Is Flexible

I took care a 4year old when i was in Hongkong.i took care a 6 year old girl in Victoria,BC. I was taking care of two kids aging 6 and 2 years old from 2008-2010.It is my prime duty to ensure her safety and hygiene. I bring and fetch her up at scool,play interacting games to stimulate her learning .
Evi
Currently living in: Courtenay , BC
Available to Start: 2015-02-10

Excellent, lots of walks, reading stories, making dinner, and making art.
GAMAGE
Currently living in: Hong Kong, BC
Available to Start: 2016-12-31

Over 15 years in Oman,Singapore and Hong Kong. From new born to teenage..
Georgia
Currently living in: Kelowna, BC
Available to Start: 2016-08-14

Over 6 years of regular childcare and 6 months of full time nannying
Jailyn
Currently living in: Nanaimo, BC
Available to Start: 2017-07-03

I have nannied in the past for a family of 2 children. I have 2 years experience working at the Boys and Girls club as a leader and supervisor. I have tutored 3 young girls in elementary school. I also have 1 full year of teaching experience in a primary French immersion classroom.

Fun facts about British Columbia

Nannies, along with butlers and chauffeurs, used to be hired by the very rich. The rest of us only knew about them from the movies.

But with more women working out of the house, it is common to see live-in care givers and full-time baby sitters in middle-class homes. In addition, there are more agencies and organizations that screen and help place capable young women in homes that need nannies.

If this is the first time you have hired a nanny, it may help to read and learn about the experiences of other parents who employ full-time care givers for their children. Mothers especially may want to hear about the relationship of other women with the nannies who watch their children.

An insightful new book to pick up is "Searching for Mary Poppins: Women Write About the Intense Relationship Between Mothers and Nannies." The essays explore the issues and emotions mothers experience when they welcome a new nanny into their home.

Biking the campus at the University of British Columbia can be an easy afternoon adventure that offers exercise and a good excuse to get outdoors. It's also free.

The sprawling university is a 15-minute drive from Vancouver center and is surrounded by forested parks. Your nanny and kids can circle the 35,000-student campus. Many children do not realize how large a university is. Who knows? Maybe the bicycle ride will lead to conversations and questions about college.

Your nanny can point out the swimming pools, student union, law building, hospital and hockey rink. Popular for tourists is UBC's botanical garden and anthropology museum.

Give your nanny the tools and resources she needs to properly care for your children. If your British Columbia nanny is arriving from another country, understand that your rules and customs may be similar to hers -- but also vary. Help her settle into the routines of your household. Be flexible and helpful as she adjusts to her new surroundings.

  • Introduce her to friends and neighbors. Show her where to find household items and make sure she knows how to use appliances. If your nanny has a computer, make sure she can get online.
  • Give her a map of your community and information on the region. Drive your nanny to your children's school, the grocery shop and other destinations she will frequently visit in her duties.
  • Make sure your nanny has your office and cell phone numbers, as well as contact numbers for local police and fire departments.
  • Let your children's school know in writing that your nanny has permission to pick them up and take them to appointments.
  • Your nanny should have written schedules of your week and your spouse's week.
  • Provide your nanny with a log or journal that she can use to record the days and hours she works as well as expenses she incurs while taking care of the kids. She can also use the log to let you know how she spent the day with your baby, toddler or children.

Your nanny and children can find plenty to do in Vancouver's Chinatown, which rivals the size of San Francisco's Chinatown. Open-air markets sizzle in summertime on Keefer and Pender streets.

They also may want to:

  • Sample dim sum at one of the many small restaurants.
  • Visit Dr. Sun Yat-Sen's Classical Chinese Garden.
  • Tour the Chinese Cultural Centre Museum.
  • Browse the small shops and check out the Chinese herbalists.
  • Glimpse the huge Han Dynasty Bell in Shanghai Alley.

Science World is a must-see place for your British Columbia nanny and children. They will want to spend the afternoon or entire day at Science World in Vancouver, which makes learning fun and games for kids as well as adults. It is a hands-on experience that seeks to fascinate and inspire.

Science World offers permanent exhibits as well as special exhibits and events. Here are some highlights:

  • The Body Works Gallery lets kids discover their own individual strength and endurance.
  • The Eureka! Gallery reveals the world of light, sound, motion and water.
  • The Illusions Gallery distorts images and confounds your mind. Straight lines bend and black and white images suddenly have color.
  • The Kidspace Gallery is a learning playground for children under six that helps develop their motor skills.
  • Omnimax Theatre has a huge screen that shows 3D movies. Audiences feel like they are part of the adventure. They can unravel the mysteries of insects, journey through the human body, explore the deep sea, and discover how robots work.

 

Itís exciting to hire a British Columbia nanny to provide one-on-one care for your children in a busy household. Expect your nanny to give them the individual attention and nurturing they need on daily basis.

But also be realistic about duties. Any nanny's priority is your childrenís care. A nanny is there to supervise, entertain, teach, and help clean up after them. She may do their laundry, prepare their meals and help organize their rooms.

It is likely to be too overwhelming for your nanny to tackle general housekeeping duties or clean up after you and your spouse. Be practical when planning her duties. Many nannies do not mind doing light household duties but their focus needs to be the children.

Family vacations suddenly seem more manageable and more fun when there is another adult on board to help watch the kids and organize activities for them.

Consider planning a family vacation that includes your British Columbia nanny. The province's natural diversity makes it easy for your family to plan an adventure close to home.

  • Consider guided birding tours for viewing spectacular species like Aise swallowtails, green herons and trumpeter swans.
  • Follow the Pacific gray whale migration along the British Columbia coast, which occurs twice yearly.
  • Join a guided expedition to the Fraser River, which teems with the world's largest salmon run.

Your nanny may want to explore the wonders of British Columbia in her free time. A positive vacation experience will make her a more productive employee when she returns to work.

Here are some of the spots she may want to visit:

  • Vancouver Island: With no bridges connecting it to the mainland, Vancouver Island offers a remote natural beauty that includes mountains, rain forests and beaches. The ferry ride alone is worth the visit.
  • Vancouver: If your nanny has not spent much time in BC's largest city, its restaurants, boutiques and culture beckon. This metropolitan area in the wilderness teems with parks, beaches and cycling destinations. A day spent roller-blading or shopping with new friends can be invigorating.
  • Queen Charlotte Islands: For true adventure, your nanny can head to northern BC. Sometimes referred to as Canada's Galapagos Islands, this chain of 150 islands is among the world's most breathtakingly wild places. With preparation, it can be an easy and affordable jaunt for her, and a trip she will always remember.

Your new nanny may expect to bring gifts to you and your family in British Columbia. It is a thoughtful gesture that you and your children will appreciate. But if your British Columbia nanny is arriving from the United States or another foreign country, advise her of Canadian laws.

An international nanny can bring gifts, duty free, if each gift is valued at $60 or less in Canadian dollars. Your nanny may have to pay duties and taxes, if the gift has a higher value. Visitors are also is prohibited from bringing tobacco and alcohol products as gifts.

Personal goods are exempt from duties and taxes as long as she declares them when entering the country. This includes clothing, stereos, cameras, tape recorders, personal computers and sporting equipment.

British Columbia's abundant ski areas offer a wholesome way for your nanny to meet other young adults in her free time and to experience the natural beauty of Canada.

You also may want to include your nanny when your family heads off for a weekend of skiing and snowboarding. With your nanny along, you and your spouse or partner can enjoy time away from the kids with the knowledge they are getting the care and supervision they need.

Here are some of BC's better ski areas to check out:

  • Whistler-Blackcomb;
  • Big White;
  • Fernie;
  • Sun Peaks;
  • Silver Star;
  • Kicking Horse;
  • Red Mountain.