Selecting Child Care/nanny

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hi,

I know you specialize in answering questions on daycare but I'm not sure who else to ask this question to, if you can't answer it, who should I ask this? Here's my question.

I'm 17 years old and I do school online, I'm nannying for a family and they have a 6 month old baby. I work 36 hours a week and they pay me $125 a week (about $3 an hour) I feel this isn't a fair wage and that they are taking advantage of me. Could you suggest what I should get paid an hour? I am CPR & first aid certified, I've worked in 2 in home child cares and I have over 5 years experience of babysitting. I've also nannied for a family before this family where I got paid $5 an hour to care for their infant.

They want me to start teaching her sign language and do other activities with her. I watch her In their home and also clean up after her and myself. We live in a small town of around 1500 to 2000 people. I really don't know who else to ask this to, and I nannying is a form of child care but it is specialized child care because it's one on one and so if you could give me advice on a good wage I would really appreciate it!

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Hi Kylie,
Wages vary widely from state to state so it's hard for me to give you an idea of what you should be getting paid. You can look for other nanny jobs in your area and see what others are getting paid. Here is another great website that may help: http://www.care.com/child-care-nanny-cost-p1145-q83979.html

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Tonya Wright

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I give regular tours of our program and have been asked every question under the sun. We provide care for children from 4 months through preschool. I can answer questions such as: What should I look for in a quality program? What is developmentally appropriate practice? What should I ask my child-care provider? How do I handle disputes with my provider? These are just a few questions that come to mind. Feel free to ask anything related to child care and child care services.

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I have worked in the field of early childhood education for fifteen years. I previosly taught preschool and kindergarten. I am currently an administrator for a center accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Organizations
National Association for the Education of Young Children

Publications
Mailbox Magazine Local Community Association Newsletter Newsletter for local chapter of National Association for the Education of Young Children

Education/Credentials
M.Ed., BS in Psychology with Early Childhood Credits Infant-Toddler Certification Child Development Associate (CDA) Advisor Level Six Maryland Credential

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