A Day in the Life of a Career Nanny – Ever wondered what a typical day in the #nannylife looks like? What even is a Career Nanny?
Like any job, being a nanny has its daily challenges. It’s exhausting & requires utmost patience; but watching children as they learn, discover & thrive through childhood, knowing I have had a part in that, is worth every challenge. One of the best parts of my job is creating life-long friendships with the families whose children I have cared for! You can read a bit more about me & my #nannylife here.
I work 5-6 days a week with Miss5, Mr3, Miss2 & Miss16m. My day starts at 5am & finishes around 12am when I crawl into bed. I work 45km from where I live, so I travel 1-1.5hrs each way. I am 100% fuelled by my love for my job. On the weekends you can find me sleeping, working, sleeping, planning for the coming week or sleeping.
A typical day goes a little something like;
7am – I arrive (with a huge bag with all the supplies for the days arts, crafts & activities – I am always greeted with “What you got in there today?” — “You’ll just have to wait & see!” Oh the suspense!)
7.30am – breakfast / get dressed.
Sometimes guests join us for breakfast – usually the dogs, eagerly awaiting food to be “accidentally” dropped. Sometimes its a frog we watched grow from a tadpole, but today we were joined by a baby Australian Water Dragon… He was NOT invited by me!
8.30am – drop Miss5 at School.
8.30 – 11.30am – morning tea & mixed play – planned arts, crafts & activities + self-directed play / outings – library, park, swimming lessons, play group, play dates, shops, aquarium etc. During this time I pop a load of washing or 2 on & clean the kitchen after breakfast & morning tea.
Here’s a few examples from our Instagram page of the type of fun we might get up to at home in the morning! (Beats an office job any day!) Each activity whether planned, impromptu or self-directed holds learning opportunities based on the children’s age, developmental stage, abilities & interests. We are huge believers of learning through play.
Mud pies… because #childhood.
11.30am – lunch. Lunch usually consists of packed sandwiches & fruit if we’re out, or reheated left overs & veggies if at home.
12 – 1.30pm – Miss16m sleeps / quiet reading, self-directed play & planned activities for Miss2. During this time I will hang out washing & clean up after lunch.
1.30 – 2pm – Miss16m wakes – cuddles, play time & afternoon tea.
2.30pm – pick up Mr3 from Preschool.
3pm – walk to pick up Miss5 from School.
3.30 – 5pm – afternoon tea & mixed play – planned/impromptu arts, crafts & activities + self-directed play / outings – park, playdates etc. I will fold & put away washing in this time & cook dinner.
5 – 5.30pm – dinner. Either prepared & cooked by me or pre-prepared & cooked by parents.
5.30 – 6pm – bath… with bubble Santa beards, of course.
6.30 – 7pm – quiet reading / bed.
7pm – home time for an exhausted Nanny, ready to do it all again tomorrow!
“Choose a job that you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius