Educator turned Nanager

Why I left the childcare industry

From Educator to Nanager.

I loved working in Childcare.  I spent over six years in the industry, working across all age groups, as an educator and an assistant. I am a passionate educator and it was a very rewarding career.  What other job do you turn up to hear your name being called out, followed by 20 little best friends lined up to give you a hug?  I loved the creative outlet I received through craft and educating via the EYLF.  I loved watching children grow and learn through play and facilitating activities based on their interest as they explored with full engagement.  You would think with all of these positive aspects I would have found a reason to stay within the industry but there were two major factors that came into play and resulted in me walking away.

The paperwork – I remember the day I had the epiphany that Childcare was no longer for me.  It was inside playtime and I was hunched over my laptop trying to complete my observations because I already used my allocated Educator programming time to get the “what-we-did-today” book finished.  I was interrupted by a giggling group of 5-year-old girls who wanted to show me how funny their dress ups were.  I remember their faces falling when they realised I wasn’t taking in what they were saying, simply offering a “Wow, that’s cool” as I turned back to the laptop, hardly offering a smile.  “Miss Lauren do you want to come and play with us” one of them offered.  “Oh I can’t sorry girls, I need to get this paperwork done.”  As they turned to walk away my stomach sunk.  I joined Childcare to work with children and here I was turning down a child’s request to play, to complete paperwork that no one would likely read. That's not the kind of educator I wanted to be.

"I joined Childcare to work with children and here I was turning down a child’s request to play, to complete paperwork that no one would likely read. That's not the kind of educator I wanted to be."

 

Let me make it clear, I’m a hard working educator.  Almost every day I did at least half an hour unpaid to get on top of my workload.  Whether I was starting early, staying back or shortening my lunch break I gave this job everything I had.  Week after week I had my cleaning list ticked off, fridge temperatures recorded and incident reports vigilantly filled out.  The Educator programming book was filled with photos and stories that offered the evidence we had to provide to show that we were following the guidelines and educating the children correctly.  The only time my documentation fell behind was when I used my time with the children to play with the children, rather than sneaking away for extra paperwork time.  Turning down playing with the children in favour of extra programming was a common occurrence in every centre I ever worked for.

Two hours a week for all programming wasn’t enough and unless I was willing to put in unpaid time, I was set up to fail.  The director couldn’t offer more because the roster budget wouldn’t allow it.  Even in the lead up to accreditation (where we scored “Exceeding”) the team and I were putting in weeks of unpaid Saturdays.  The level of documentation expected of educators is unrealistic and most importantly, unfair to the kids.

The politics – It saddens me to admit, but at times working in childcare was just like being back in high school.  I can’t believe my inner feminist is letting me say this but being a predominantly female industry, the catty and  bitchy cultures were an ongoing theme to my time in Childcare centres.  Don’t get me wrong, I worked for some incredible centres and directors who to this day still inspire me but some of my worst experiences as an employee and colleague were in Childcare. I saw many women (including myself) bullied, taken advantage of and worked to exhaustion with very little thanks. That kind of environment is not conducive to women helping each other achieve their best and it's exactly the mentality we're trying to eliminate with Nanager.

There is little room for change and I was forever watching innovative, promising educators pushed out of centres for simply thinking out of the box.  Directors are typically educators who work their way to the top and I’ve known some to be at the same centre and role for 30+ years.   There is no HR department to go to and not much content on people management included in the qualification to become a director.  This means that challenging such leadership was exhausting and usually frivolous because of the “my way or the highway” mentality.  My problem was never with who was right versus who was wrong, it was with the way these decisions and conversations were managed.  The leadership was often biased to their own motive and driven by emotion and pride.  Most centres don’t have a manager position (someone trained in people management) so the outcome of each conflict rested on the director’s decision.  I have worked under some great directors who were open minded and approachable but based on my experience, those directors are few and far between.  I saw so many incredible educators leave the industry because the aftermath of speaking up and asking big questions just wasn’t worth sticking around.

 

"Being a predominantly female industry, the catty and  bitchy cultures were an ongoing theme to my time in Childcare. That kind of environment is not conducive to women helping each other achieve their best and it's exactly the mentality we're trying to eliminate with Nanager."

 

My story of childcare is that of my own and as mentioned, there were some beautiful moments working in childcare and I adore being an educator.   Unfortunately, the politics and paperwork were problems I couldn’t see a solution for so I decided to seek work outside the industry.  The universe listened and I was poached by a Mum to see if I was interested in being a nanny.  It didn't take long for the job to evolve into the more tailored service of a Nanager.

It was the best decision I ever made and 3 years on, I haven’t looked back!

Educator turned Nanager

The benefits of educating as a Nanager.

The main scenario for the use of the EYLF is through Educators within a centre but, many overlook the beautiful learning journey a professional Nanager can offer by implementing the EYLF in the home.

Lower ratios mean more tailored and customised learning journeys.  On average, Nanagers only care for 2 – 3 children and this lower ratio means I am able to truly customise a child’s learning journey and explore their interest because I’m not trying to cover an entire class at once.  As an educator, I was under too much pressure to deliver paperwork and meet compliance that I often rushed or overlooked interests that would have been a great opportunity to extend further down a learning path.  Having fewer children means less documentation and therefore more time to spend with the child(ren).

The freedom to use the world as a learning tool. Exploring a learning path outside of a centre meant I was faced with the heavy logistics that came with planning an excursion.  It’s impossible to tailor an outing that covers an interest from every child and the experiences were often rushed and highly stressful.  Being a Nanager gives me the freedom to explore the world and deliver a learning experience that is truly customised and personal.  Whether it be exploring sea creatures at the aquarium or taking the city loop for the train enthusiast, I am able to introduce each child to the world through hands-on and first-hand experience.

Children use hands-on experience to explore the world around them. As they move through the world with their professional Nanager at their side they practise developmental skills to increase their real world perception.  Introducing a child to the world is one of my favourite parts of being a Nanager.  Whether we are holding up the self-checkout line so Miss 5 can scan the groceries, or following the garbage truck down the street to watch the rubbish collection -the children can experience first hand how the world works and the role they will play within society.

An authentic exploration of the ELYF.  As a Nanager I find much more freedom to follow the ELYF path where ever it may take us.  Sensory exploration goes beyond the sandpit to the beach, hide and seek can be in a new playground every day and children can undertake an adventure in the big wide world all while having a nanny by their side, dedicated to providing them with a magical play journey into learning.

I love that I have the freedom to create a curriculum based on my own philosophy and favourite theorists.  Every child is different and as a Nanager, I can cater to this.  One child may need support while another thrives off being independent.  One child may learn through watching while another learns through doing. Some children I plan play dates for to socialise while others have me on days off childcare and they need some quiet moments of solitude.  The early years are vital for a child’s growth and as a Nanager I can introduce each child to the world around them in customised learning path based on their needs.

Make the change.

I’m not saying all educators should make the leap to becoming a Nanager, it’s not for everyone. I wish there was someone to talk to when I was considering the change and I want to be that voice.  I’m passionate about quality educators entering the private childcare industry and offering their experience and qualification to children in the home.

Through Nanager, I am able to offer the support and guidance for educators which is currently lacking in other parts of the industry. There's not many people fighting in their corner, we want to be those people. If you are an educator looking to make the change I would love to talk to you. 

Job10 – Malvern East, Melbourne

CERT III EDUCATORS | Private Childcare Opportunity | Early Childhood

Malvern East, 2 days a week

  • Educate in the home.
  • Be supported to earn your worth.
  • Feel rewarded in your job for the positive impact you make, every day.
  • 2018 start date

Join a team of like-minded educators taking the next step in their career by becoming professional Nanagers.

Nanagers are professional educators and home managers. With the freedom of one-on-one childcare, Nanagers are able to use the down time during naps or solitary play to help with small tasks around the home. By completing the same duties as childcare centres but directly in the home - you are helping to contribute to stronger, healthier working families.

See the positive impact you make on your families, every day.

THE JOB ::

Family looking for help in caring for their children and helping reset the home for when they return each day.  There is potential for an additional day to open up for the right candidate. Possibility for Nannyshare with family that lives 5 minutes away (pay rate would increase).

CHILDREN :: 2 year old girl, 4 year old boy. (4hrs likely to be in childcare)

DAYS + HOURS :: 2 days. Tuesday + Wednesday, 9am – 5pm.

PAY :: $25 p/hr + Super

LOCATION :: Malvern East

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES ::

Care for child throughout the day by providing a fun and stimulating environment. Support home management with tasks such as light cleaning, organising and laundry.

SKILLS + TRAITS REQUIRED ::

  • 2+ years experience working directly with children.
  • Minimum Cert. III in early Child Care, Education or Nursing.
  • WWCC (Working With Children Check).
  • Current First Aid Certificate.
  • Current CPR Training.
  • Permanent Resident
  • Computer (PC) literate with advanced Microsoft Office experience.
  • Proactive personality with a strong initiative and work ethic.
  • Organised and efficient.
  • Fun and active.
  • Ability to create an active and engaged routine for children of all ages.
  • Well spoken and presented, mature and professional.
  • Strong self-management skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.

Nanagers are chosen on their passion for childcare, professionalism towards their career, and willingness to grow.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. To learn more about the position, or to apply, please email a resume with short cover letter with the subject: MalvernEast10 Nanager Position Application.

 

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Balmain – Sydney

CERT III EDUCATORS | Private Childcare Opportunity | Early Childhood

Balmain - Sydney, Full-time

  • Educate in the home.
  • Be supported to earn your worth.
  • Feel rewarded for the positive impact you make, every day.

Join a team of like-minded educators taking the next step in their career by becoming professional Nanagers.

Nanagers are professional educators and home managers. With the freedom of one-on-one childcare, Nanagers are able to use the down time during naps or solitary play to help with small tasks around the home. By completing the same duties as childcare centres but directly in the home - you are helping to contribute to stronger, healthier working families.

See the positive impact you make on your families, every day.

THE JOB ::

Nanny + home manager required to support family in care for their children and home.

CHILDREN :: 17 mo and 3.5 yo

DAYS + HOURS :: 

Mon + Tue 7am - 7pm 

Wed, Thu + Fri 3pm - 7pm (hours can be flexible)

PAY :: $27/ hour + employment benefits and Superannuation

LOCATION :: Balmain, Sydney

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES ::

  • Light cleaning (family has a weekly cleaner already).
  • Laundry, washing + ironing.
  • Cooking - vegetarian family.
  • Driving the children to childcare + activities - family will provide a car + car seats.
  • Organisation in the home.

SKILLS + TRAITS REQUIRED ::

  • 2+ years experience working directly with children.
  • Minimum Cert. III in early Child Care, Education or Nursing.
  • WWCC (Working With Children Check).
  • Current First Aid Certificate.
  • Current CPR Training.
  • Permanent Resident
  • Computer (PC) literate with advanced Microsoft Office experience.
  • Proactive personality with a strong initiative and work ethic.
  • Organised and efficient.
  • Fun and active.
  • Ability to create an active and engaged routine for children of all ages.
  • Well spoken and presented, mature and professional.
  • Strong self-management skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.

Nanagers are chosen on their passion for childcare, professionalism towards their career, and willingness to grow.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. To learn more about the position, or to apply, please email a resume with short cover letter with the subject: BoxHillNorth9 Nanager Position Application.

 

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Carlton – Melbourne

CERT III EDUCATORS | Private Childcare Opportunity | Early Childhood

Carlton - Part time role to grow to 50+ hours in Jan 2018

  • Educate in the home.
  • Be supported to earn your worth.
  • Feel rewarded for the positive impact you make, every day.

Join a team of like-minded educators taking the next step in their career by becoming professional Nanagers.

Nanagers are professional educators and home managers. With the freedom of one-on-one childcare, Nanagers are able to use the down time during naps or solitary play to help with small tasks around the home. By completing the same duties as childcare centres but directly in the home - you are helping to contribute to stronger, healthier working families.

See the positive impact you make on your families, every day.

THE JOB ::

Professional Dad and Mum looking for support as Mum transitions back to work.  Care for young child and home management required.

CHILDREN :: 9mo child

DAYS + HOURS :: 30 hours flexible to start off with (preferably over 3 days). Role will grow to 50 hours, full-time, Monday to Friday from Feb 2018.

PAY :: $27 p/hr + employment benefits and superannuation

LOCATION :: Carlton

HOME MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES ::

  • House cleaning + organisation
  • Laundry, folding + ironing.
  • Cooking + meal prep
  • Driving the children to childcare + activities - family will provide a car + car seats.

 

SKILLS + TRAITS REQUIRED ::

  • 2+ years experience working directly with children.
  • Minimum Cert. III in early Child Care, Education or Nursing.
  • WWCC (Working With Children Check).
  • Current First Aid Certificate.
  • Current CPR Training.
  • Permanent Resident
  • Computer (PC) literate with advanced Microsoft Office experience.
  • Proactive personality with a strong initiative and work ethic.
  • Organised and efficient.
  • Fun and active.
  • Ability to create an active and engaged routine for children of all ages.
  • Well spoken and presented, mature and professional.
  • Strong self-management skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.

Nanagers are chosen on their passion for childcare, professionalism towards their career, and willingness to grow.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. To learn more about the position, or to apply, please email a resume with short cover letter with the subject: MalvernEast8 Nanager Position Application to hello@nanager.com.au.

 

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Job7 – Richmond, Melbourne

CERT III EDUCATORS | Private Childcare Opportunity | Early Childhood

Richmond, Full Time

  • Educate in the home.
  • Be supported to earn your worth.
  • Feel rewarded for the positive impact you make, every day.
  • 2018 start date

Join a team of like-minded educators taking the next step in their career by becoming professional Nanagers.

Nanagers are professional educators and home managers. With the freedom of one-on-one childcare, Nanagers are able to use the down time during naps or solitary play to help with small tasks around the home. By completing the same duties as childcare centres but directly in the home - you are helping to contribute to stronger, healthier working families.

See the positive impact you make on your families, every day.

THE JOB ::

Professional Mum seeking support to help care for her daughter and manage her home as she returns to her career from maternity leave.  Mum works a highly demanding job so reliability is essential.  Additional overnight shift required for the first 4 months of the role until husband relocates back to Melbourne in June.  

CHILDREN :: 1 yo girl

DAYS + HOURS :: Full Time, Monday to Friday, 6am - 6pm

PAY :: $75,000 per year + Super 

LOCATION :: Richmond

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES ::

Care for child throughout the day by providing a fun and stimulating environment. Support home management with tasks such as cleaning, organising, laundry, ironing, grocery shopping, PA work, meal prep + cooking.

SKILLS + TRAITS REQUIRED ::

  • 2+ years experience working directly with children.
  • Minimum Cert. III in early Child Care, Education or Nursing.
  • WWCC (Working With Children Check).
  • Current First Aid Certificate.
  • Current CPR Training.
  • Permanent Resident
  • Computer (PC) literate with advanced Microsoft Office experience.
  • Proactive personality with a strong initiative and work ethic.
  • Organised and efficient.
  • Fun and active.
  • Ability to create an active and engaged routine for children of all ages.
  • Well spoken and presented, mature and professional.
  • Strong self-management skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.

Nanagers are chosen on their passion for childcare, professionalism towards their career, and willingness to grow.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. To learn more about the position, or to apply, please email a resume with short cover letter with the subject: Richmond7 Nanager Position Application to hello@nanager.com.au.

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Job6 – Docklands, Melbourne

CERT III EDUCATORS | Private Childcare Opportunity | Early Childhood

Docklands, 2 days

  • Educate in the home.
  • Be supported to earn your worth.
  • Feel rewarded for the positive impact you make, every day.

Join a team of like-minded educators taking the next step in their career by becoming professional Nanagers.

Nanagers are professional educators and home managers. With the freedom of one-on-one childcare, Nanagers are able to use the down time during naps or solitary play to help with small tasks around the home. By completing the same duties as childcare centres but directly in the home - you are helping to contribute to stronger, healthier working families.

See the positive impact you make on your families, every day.

THE JOB :: Urgent position needed.

Professional Mum and Dad seeking support with their B2 and G0 children 2 - 3 days a week. Family is flexible and willing to work with the right candidates to build this role around their lives.  Seeking someone to love and care for their children and help support them in maintaining the home and family management.  Boy in Childcare on Thursdays and Fridays.

CHILDREN :: 2 yr boy + newborn girl

DAYS + HOURS :: Tuesday + Friday, 6 - 8 hours a day, 3 weekend days a month.

PAY :: $27 p/hr + Super

LOCATION :: Docklands initially, then Bayside in the next 4 weeks.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES ::

Care for children throughout the day by providing a fun and stimulating environment. Support home management with tasks such as light cleaning, laundry, meal prep, cooking and some PA work.

SKILLS + TRAITS REQUIRED ::

  • 2+ years experience working directly with children.
  • Minimum Cert. III in early Child Care, Education or Nursing.
  • WWCC (Working With Children Check).
  • Current First Aid Certificate.
  • Current CPR Training.
  • Permanent Resident
  • Computer (PC) literate with advanced Microsoft Office experience.
  • Proactive personality with a strong initiative and work ethic.
  • Organised and efficient.
  • Fun and active.
  • Ability to create an active and engaged routine for children of all ages.
  • Well spoken and presented, mature and professional.
  • Strong self-management skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.

Nanagers are chosen on their passion for childcare, professionalism towards their career, and willingness to grow.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. To learn more about the position, or to apply, please email a resume with short cover letter with the subject: Docklands6 Nanager Position Application .

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Job5 – Kensington, Melbourne

CERT III EDUCATORS | Private Childcare Opportunity | Pick your days

  • Educate in the home.
  • Be supported to earn your worth.
  • Have the flexibility to pick your own days.
  • Feel rewarded for the positive impact you make, every day.

Join a team of like-minded educators taking the next step in their career by becoming professional Nanagers.

Nanagers are professional educators and home managers. With the freedom of one-on-one childcare, Nanagers are able to use the down time during naps or solitary play to help with small tasks around the home. By completing the same duties as childcare centres but directly in the home - you are helping to contribute to stronger, healthier working families.

See the positive impact you make on your families, every day.

THE JOB :: Flexible position for the right person

CHILDREN :: 4 years old and 10 months old.

DAYS + HOURS :: 2 days / week, 7:30am - 6:30pm

PAY :: $26 p/hr + super (part time / casual)

LOCATION :: Kensington, Melbourne

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES ::

Care for 10 month old throughout the day with Daycare drop-off and pick up of the 4 year old. Support organisation of the home and house management, such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, errands and grocery shopping.

No car required, all locations within walking distance from home.

SKILLS + TRAITS REQUIRED ::

  • Experienced child educator preferred.
  • Proactive personality with a strong initiative and work ethic.
  • Organised and efficient.
  • Fun and active.
  • Well spoken and presented, mature and professional.
  • Strong self-management skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.

Nanagers are chosen on their passion for childcare, professionalism towards their career, and willingness to grow.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. To learn more about the position, or to apply, please email a resume with short cover letter with the subject: Kensington1 Nanager Position Application.

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Job4 – Ascot Vale, Melbourne

CERT III EDUCATORS | Private Childcare Opportunity | Early childhood

Ascot Vale, Melbourne

  • Educate in the home.
  • Be supported to earn your worth.
  • Have the flexibility of four day weeks.
  • Feel rewarded for the positive impact you make, every day.

Join a team of like-minded educators taking the next step in their career by becoming professional Nanagers.

Nanagers are professional educators and home managers. With the freedom of one-on-one childcare, Nanagers are able to use the down time during naps or solitary play to help with small tasks around the home. By completing the same duties as childcare centres but directly in the home - you are helping to contribute to stronger, healthier working families.

See the positive impact you make on your families, every day.

THE JOB :: Urgent position needed.

This family is seeking someone caring, motivated and reliable to join their parenting team. They want someone who will become a friend to their children and support them in schooling and extra curriculum while creating a beautiful learning journey.

CHILDREN :: 9, 7 and 4 years.

DAYS + HOURS :: Monday - Thursday, 6:45am - 7:15pm

PAY :: $27 p/hr - Full Time

LOCATION :: Ascot Vale, Melbourne

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES ::

Support children with education and homework while providing a fun and comfortable environment. Support organisation of the home and house management, such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, errands and grocery shopping.

A car will be provided.

SKILLS + TRAITS REQUIRED ::

  • Experienced child educator with minimum Cert. III in early Child Care, Education or Nursing.
  • Proactive personality with a strong initiative and work ethic.
  • Organised and efficient.
  • Fun and active.
  • Well spoken and presented, mature and professional.
  • Strong self-management skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.

Nanagers are chosen on their passion for childcare, professionalism towards their career, and willingness to grow.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. To learn more about the position, or to apply, please email a resume with short cover letter with the subject: Ascot Vale1 Nanager Position Application.

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Job1 – Northern Suburbs, Sydney

CERT III EDUCATORS | Private Childcare Opportunity | Early childhood worker | Business-minded

Northern Beaches, Sydney - Full Time

  • Educate in the home.
  • Be supported to earn your worth.
  • Feel rewarded for the positive impact you make, every day.

Join a team of like-minded educators taking the next step in their career by becoming professional Nanagers.

Nanagers are professional educators and home managers. With the freedom of one-on-one childcare, Nanagers are able to use the down time during naps or solitary play to help with small tasks around the home. By completing the same duties as childcare centres but directly in the home - you are helping to contribute to stronger, healthier working families.

See the positive impact you make on your families, every day.

THE JOB :: Incredible 'out of the box' opportunity for a business-minded educator.

Busy parents looking for a Nanager to take on a role that is split between supporting the business, home and children. The role will focus heavily on professional development and is designed to empower the Nanager to further their career once their time with this family comes to an end.

CHILDREN :: 6, 5 and 4 years.

DAYS + HOURS :: Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm

SALARY :: $70,000 + super

LOCATION :: Northern Suburbs, Sydney

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES ::

9:00am - 1:00pm - Business support at family business.

Responsibilities include PA and reception duties such as answering phones, customer service and filing.

1:00pm - 5:00pm - Family support and home management.

Responsibilities include managing and communicating school requirements and events, grocery shopping, tidying up (home has separate cleaner), school pick-up, home work supervision, dinner preparation and cooking, laundry.

A car will be provided.

The parents are passionate business owners who are excited to create a position that will evolve around the skills and advance the career of the right person.

SKILLS + TRAITS REQUIRED ::

  • Experienced child educator with minimum Cert. III in early Child Care, Education or Nursing.
  • Computer (PC) literate with advanced Microsoft Office experience.
  • Proactive personality with a strong initiative and work ethic.
  • Organised and efficient.
  • Ability to create an active and engaged routine for children of all ages.
  • Well spoken and presented, mature and professional.
  • Strong self-management skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.

For this unique position, only experienced educators need apply. Nanagers are chosen on their passion for childcare, professionalism towards their career, and willingness to grow.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. To learn more about the position, or to apply, please email a resume with short coverletter with the subject: Sydney1 Nanager Position Application .

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $70,000.00 /year