My name is Alaina and I am 27-year-old Portland native, who's hoping to find a full time nanny position starting in the next 2-5 weeks. I am available M-F and hoping to work at least 35 hours a week, but not exceeding 40. Ideally 4 days a week, but if the right position comes along that’s otherwise then I am open!
My most current job is sadly ending due to the mother having a change in work schedule. I became close with the children, ages 1 and 3 and will really miss them. We stayed busy with lots of activities, the favorites being park trips, art projects, OMSI, make believe, and lots of books! We stuck to a pretty flexible schedule each day, incorporating naps, and down time. I would write down miles driven, nap times take, and food eaten. Along with any other fun things done throughout the day I think the parents would like to hear about.
Prior to this position I was at a Pre-school/Daycare called West Hills Learning Center, in Multnomah Village. I started out as the Assistant Teacher in the Pre-K classroom, when I decided to start looking for a nanny job I moved to part time as a floater, which had me working in all of the classrooms 8 months- 5 years old. West Hills was a great place to work, and I learned so much there, with all of the different ages, to teaching styles, and large number of children in each class, I really soaked up as much knowledge as I could to help me in my future child care positions. With that said, I have realized I thrive more in a smaller group setting. I like the intimacy and attention you are able to give each child. I like growing close with the families, and having the time to be able to give updates to the parents about how the day went, and what new fun things we did during the day. I have also worked for the Beaverton School District as a Substitute Teacher's Assistant, I worked in mostly special ed classrooms, and children with behavioral issues, ranging for K-12. I have worked in after school art programs, and I have been a Nanny to multiple families, which I have grown to have great relationships with. Kids age ranging from 3 months-8 years old. Of course I have babysat throughout every job I have had starting at a very early age. With all my past experience I have always gone back to wanting to be a Nanny, I believe it truly is my passion to care for children, and there is no greater feeling then leaving a days work actually feeling like you have made a difference in someone’s life.
A little about me, and my teaching style; like I said before I have grown up in the Portland metro area my whole life, I love Oregon and all if has to offer. Like most Oregonians, I love the lifestyle we are able to have by living here, beautiful day hikes, weekend trips to the Oregon Coast, camping, and trying a new awesome restaurant each weekend. Eating locally and as healthy as possible is very important for me. Which is why staying active, and eating fresh is definitely incorporated as much as possible when I am watching children. I like to have the kids help me cook, get them involved and show them what its like to eat from the garden, daily walks, and exploring all nature has to offer. Rain or shine, I need to go outside everyday! I very much believe a child's imagination is the most important thing to exercise and discover. Letting the child know they are loved and cared for on a daily basis, making sure they are comfortable and knowing you are there for them with all of their questions and concerns, helping them when they need help, but also letting them try new things on their own, and learning together is the most important thing I can provide as a Nanny and caregiver.
As a Nanny, I would make sure each day we would go outside, hopefully incorporate arts and crafts on a daily basis (because I love art projects as much as the kids do!) read books, prepare healthy snacks, listen and dance to music, explore new parks, and honestly just try to learn and play as much as we can, and have a great time doing it!
As I search for the next family to work with, I am hoping to find something long-term, at least a year+ commitment would be ideal. With that said, I really enjoy working with younger children and being able to watch them grow. Babies especially! The connection you form when their babies into toddlers is so important. I want to treat my next job as much as a career as possible, 1 week paid vacation/holiday pay, taxed, and a guaranteed amount of hours each pay period. I have a weekly sheet I fill out for the families, which includes activities done throughout the day, potty/nap schedule, miles driven, expenses used, and hours for the day. It really helps the parents and I keep track in an organized way and it’s seemed to work out really well. Pay is negotiable of course depending on the age and number of children. (An Idea of pay range I am used to: 1 Infant-6 Month $15, two+ children $16-17, Nanny share $18-20)
I have a 2002 Subaru Outback, which is a very safe and reliable car. I have had my license since I was 16, with an amazing driving record. I recently renewed my First Aid/CPR training and am enrolled in the Criminal Background Check. I am comfortable with pets, and don't mind walking the dog. I am comfortable with meal prep, light housekeeping, and running errands. I don't smoke.
Even though I myself am not a mother yet, I can imagine trying to find the right Nanny for your family to be a very hard process. I don't blame the family for wanting to maybe have a lengthy hiring process, or wanting to do a trial run to see if you are a right fit before hiring, and to me that makes so much sense. You can't be too sure when you know this person is going to be watching your children. So with that said, I am available for contact through e-mail or phone. If you're interested I can send my resume, and references which gives in greater detail my childcare experience, we can chat on the phone before meeting to see if we would be a good fit for each other!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, I am a very caring, reliable, patient, and open minded person, I look at being a Nanny as a career, and not just a job to have until I find something better. I am very excited to find the next family to work with. Thanks again, and I hope to hear from you!
Email: Alainadindia@gmail.com Phone: 503-789-5288
I have attached my Letter of Recommendation below from my most current family I was working for.
Alaina has worked for us for several months now caring for our 3 and 1 year old kids. We have just made the decision for me to stay home with the kids. While this is great for our family, we are so sorry to see Alaina go.Alaina was very quick to bond with the kids. She has a very calm and quiet demeanor and nicely balances the high energy of 2 toddlers. They happily crawl into her lap for books as I slip out in the morning. At the same time, she will crawl around on the floor and actively play with the kids.Alaina keeps the kids active. They always spend time outside, walking to the park, collecting leaves and rocks or scouting out the neighborhood pets. She is independent, is able to plan appropriate activities and meals for the kids on her own. At the same time, if we have specific requests regarding the schedule, she is very receptive and helps us implement our plans. Alaina has been very reliable. She is always on time, has never called out sick. She has always been willing to stay on the few occasions we have needed her to. Most importantly, I know that I can trust her with our kids. I know that she cares about them and they just love her. It can be so hard to have someone in your home caring for your kids but having Alaina made it so much easier. It is clear right away that she has a good understanding of kids and truly cares about her work. Another family will be lucky to have her.