Job Description: Nanny

By adamrowden, 4 Dec '12 at 15:04

Wherever you get a large hoard of people turning up for a holiday, you are always going to need a decent sized childcare team. And things are no different in the Alps or in any ski resort. Being a nanny in a ski resort is very demanding, but it can be extremely fun and rewarding and, if you are a qualified nanny or you have childcare experience then you will be more than capable of carrying out your duties.

Most nannies tend to have their own crèches in the resort, which tend to be run by a local nanny manager. They will usually cover children up to the age of 4 or 5 and will sometimes have separate clubs for older children. Some nanny roles, however, can be for a specific tour provider or a large hotel and you can end up looking after kids up to the age of around 12.

Nannies tend to work for five or six days a week, with one day off, and sometimes an extra day (if relevant) spent assisting elsewhere in the resort. More often than not the nannies are the ones that go mental in the bars of an evening, mainly because they get less time on the slopes than most, so they do get a reputation as party animals.

You will, obviously, have to enjoy working with children and be prepared to deal with them on a day to day basis. You will also have to be passionate and enthusiastic and be willing to get creative to ensure that the children in your care have as good a time as possible.

You will have to be able to get used to the parents’ guilt at leaving their kids to go off skiing. Oh, and on the other hand, you will also have to get used to the parents’ indifference at leaving their kids to go off skiing. Both are pretty common.

You should be presentable, which is not always easy in the Alpine surroundings, and be able to put parents at ease. You want the parents to be comfortable leaving their children in your care and you also want the children to have a great time.

Quite a lot of nanny roles require you to be qualified to some standard, whether that is to NNEB, CACHE/NVQ level 3 or an equivalent. If you aren’t qualified in childcare then some employers will accept candidates that are trained in teaching or nursing.

As well as qualified, you will have to be hard working, dedicated and personable. And, as with most roles in the mountains, you will need to be good at working within a team. More often than not, in exchange for your hard work you will tend to receive a competitive salary, accommodation, lift pass, ski hire, insurance, and a uniform.

You may not get as much time to ski as some other roles, but you will certainly get plenty of time to drink!

To browse childcare jobs on Natives, click here. To find out more about how to find a nanny job, click here.

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