A nanny, otherwise known as a child care provider, provides care for a child (or children) when the child's caregivers aren't available. A nanny's responsibilities range from the domestic (e.g. feeding, clothing, and bathing a child) to academic or recreational (e.g. helping with homework, amusing the child, etc.). A nanny will typically work in the home of the child and may be expected to accompany the child to and from activities outside the household, including visits to parks and museums, and transportation to and from school. As such, a nanny's working hours can include mornings, afternoons, and evenings. The demands will vary by each employer. Nannies can also provide service in their own home or in child care centers. Education requirements vary.
Vacancies for nannies can be found through local classifieds, online job boards that have a strong community presence, amongst other channels. The person conducting the interview will depend on who is hiring. In families, it's typical for the parents to conduct the interview. For child care centers, a supervisor or stakeholder in the daily operations will conduct the interview. Regardless of who it is, key areas of concern include: honesty and integrity, child safety, criminal record, past work experience, personal references, and personality. You'll be expected to be effective at safely interacting with children and to be extremely trustworthy. Patience, compassion, and good parenting skills are valuable traits to have.
To prepare for the interview, think about a wide range of personalities that you've dealt with in the past. This will enable you to adapt to the children's personalities once you meet them or get to know about them through the parents. Or in the case of a child care center, you'll be able to demonstrate that you can handle all the different children that they serve. Think about specific techniques you have used to manage the behavior of children and define them in a step-by-step manner. Be prepared with examples that demonstrate your patience and parenting skills. Give the interviewer confidence in you by showing that you are adaptable and listen carefully to their needs and values.