Qualifications for all positions through Nannies from the Heartland, Inc. are based on the requirements and needs of the client families.
We screen applicants on three broad criteria:
Do they have adequate experience and knowledge to care for young children?
Must have a minimum of one year full time child care employment experience that is current or very recent with references Or a two or four year degree in a child related field with practicum experience working directly with children, and some current part time child care employment experience
Will they be a good employee?
Stable verifiable employment history Strong communication skills Trustworthy, able to maintain confidentiality Present a professional image
Do they possess the skills and attributes necessary to work with young children in an unsupervised setting?
Provide the names and telephone numbers of three to four child care references who can respond to our questions about them Demonstration of: good judgment, critical thinking skills, time management, trustworthiness, responsibility, and maturity
Because of the requirements for work experience and for post secondary education related to child development (or extensive child care experience), applicants will typically be at least 21 years old. The family's expect that nannies are able to work with them for a minimum of one year and, in most cases, ideally longer.
For live-out jobs, nannies need a reliable vehicle for transportation to the job, and frequently also for transporting the children. If a nanny has young children of their own, they need to have reliable child care for them. Nannies must have a valid driver's license. Their driving record must be clear of any recent offenses relating to drugs or alcohol and excessive moving violations.
Nannies from the Heartland requires all applicants to complete a release form allowing us to conduct background checks. Nannies need to be a non-smoker.
Additional qualifiers that are helpful, but not necessarily required:
CPR/First Aid certified or willingness to obtain certification Post secondary education specific to child care, education or related field
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