The Michigan Nanny Authority: Grand Rapids is now interviewing for the following position:

A loving family in East Lansing is looking to hire a Full-Time Infant Nanny/Mother’s Helper for 40 hours week!

First-time parents are looking to hire an experienced, professional Career Nanny/Mother’s Helper with extensive experience working with newborns and infants to assist the mother in providing top-notch loving care for their daughter, who will be born early February 2022.  The mother has some physical limitations that will impact how she physically cares for her newborn, so Nanny will work alongside the stay-at-home-mom to care for the newborns’ needs while the dad works long hours outside the home.  Nanny will work Monday through Friday, at least 8 hours each day, with start and end times flexible between 7am and 7pm. Parents are hoping to get at least 40 (and at most 60) hours of assistance each week, and are willing to split the hours between two caregivers if both caregivers can make a long-term commitment to their schedule.  Nanny will be needed to start exactly two weeks after the baby is born, so the family is expecting a mid-February start date!

Nanny will partner with the stay-at-home mother to care for the physical, emotional, social, developmental, and educational needs of the baby girl as she grows and her needs change.  The mother will be the baby’s primary caregiver when she is home but will need some physical assistance in meeting the baby’s daily needs.  Nanny will be hands-on to help get mom set up for feedings, will take over diaper changes, baths, lifting baby in/out of crib for nap time, and the car seat, and will eventually assist with the highchair, going for stroller walks, and engaging the baby in active play.   When the mother is away from home for appointments, Nanny will have full care of the baby girl.  When the baby is older, the mother plans to do play dates, classes, and other activities outside of the home and will ask Nanny to come along for assistance.   As baby grows and her needs change, and as mom heals and regains ease in movement, Nanny will have varying levels of involvement in the tasks of caring for the infant, but they should always prioritize making it as easy as possible for mom to provide the best possible care for her daughter!  As the newborn becomes an infant and eventually a toddler, the Nanny’s experience in emotional, social, and educational development will be a huge benefit to the family, and Nanny should enjoy teaching and encouraging the baby to hit developmental milestones through creative, engaging playtime. 

The Nanny will also be responsible for light child-related housekeeping, including: doing the baby’s laundry, washing/sanitizing bottles daily and other dishes used, loading/unloading the dishwasher, tidying and maintaining organization in the baby’s room and play room, and tidying up after themself and the baby in the common areas (living room, kitchen, etc.)   

The family has one small, friendly dog who will only need love & pets, treats, and to be let in and out as needed. She loves attention and to be included in outdoor play and family walks so Nanny should be comfortable spending their days with the family pet as well!

The ideal Nanny for this family is responsible, loving, kind, patient, and deeply caring.  They will have a collaborative approach to working alongside a first-time mom with unique needs and will strive to make it as easy as possible for the mother to meet her baby’s needs.  They will learn quickly, adapt as needed as the baby and mom’s needs change, and be skilled in knowing when to jump in to help mom (and equally when to give space.)  As they fall into a rhythm as a team, the Nanny will learn to anticipate the needs of both the baby and the mother, and will be an encouraging, empowering, and empathetic support person for the mother and a maternal, loving, invested caregiver for the baby girl.  They will have a personal and professional enthusiasm and passion for spending their days loving on and investing in an infant (and her family!)  They will naturally become an important part of the family and thrill along with the parents over every new stage, development, and accomplishment as the baby grows up.  They are also a creative and playful caregiver, who believes in laying an early foundation for learning by engaging the infant with intentional conversation, books, songs, toys, and exploring the world around them.

Because the baby will be a newborn when the Nanny starts, preference will be given to candidates who have extensive experience working with newborns.  Nanny’s knowledge and experience working with newborns and infants will be a valuable resource for these first-time parents and will give them confidence in their ability to handle anything that comes their way.  The ideal Nanny will have a minimum of 2 years of experience working with children in a professional setting, with 1 year of consecutive care of an infant (ideally from birth to age 1), and excellent references. Preference will be given to candidates who have a degree in child development or who have completed training as a Newborn Care Specialist or Postpartum Doula.

This position requires a long-term commitment to the family, and preference will be given to the candidate who is willing to stay for 4+ years.  A minimum of 1 year commitment is required.  Pay will start at $20-22 per hour, and Nanny will have guaranteed pay, paid time off, paid holidays, mileage reimbursement, and other standard nanny benefits.   Details will be discussed with qualified nannies at an in-person interview.

The right candidate:

  • Will have AT LEAST two years of part- or full-time nanny experience, or at least two years in a daycare or classroom setting.
  • Will have AT LEAST one year of proven childcare experience with infants, will know how to interact with the infant to support learning and encourage their development, and will be able to use their knowledge and experiences to be a support and valuable resource for the parents.
  • Will have their own reliable transportation, a valid driver’s license, and a clean driving record.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age and legal to work in the USA.
  • Must pass a thorough background check and drug test before starting the position.
  • Must have current CPR/First aid certification or agree to complete a class within 90 days of start-date.
  • Must have the COVID vaccination, annual flu shot, and recent DTaP vaccine, or be willing to get all before their start date, and must be willing to get a flu shot annually and any future COVID boosters as recommended by the CDC (parents will pay for any immunizations.)

Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply online today at https://minannyauthority.enginehire.io/nanny-application-form!  Have your childcare resume in .doc or .pdf format ready to submit along with your application.

Already registered with The Michigan Nanny Authority?  Send an email of interest to jaynie@minannyauthority.com.

Leave a Reply