Julie M

Creative, reliable & enthusiastic nanny with a graduate degree in the fine arts and over 15 years of experience

Toronto, Ontario
Last seen 2 hours ago

15 years experience

20/hr

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Nanny in Toronto, Ontario

Hello,

I am a childcare provider with over fifteen years of experience. My schedule just opened up because the family I work for is (unfortunately) moving away. I've nannied infants, toddlers, kids, preteens and teenagers of all abilities and temperaments. I am also a creative writing professor at George Brown and Humber—this semester had low student enrolment so I currently only teach once a week on Saturday mornings and am otherwise available. I hope to find a position that allows me to work about 30 to 35 hours a week in order to make my student loan payments.

In addition to childcare, I am an expert cook and frequently prepare meals for families. I can accommodate all kinds of diets: low-carb (my partner is a type-1 diabetic), kosher (I have worked in Orthodox Jewish households), gluten-free, raw, vegetarian and vegan. My cooking is low-budget and kid-friendly—my secret nanny superpower is making elaborate mosaics out of vegetables so that kids will eat them.

My biggest accomplishment as a nanny is potty-training and sleep-training a 1-year-old. I like to brag about it because it was extremely difficult.

I also have experience in house cleaning and, if the baby is napping or the kids are happily doing their own thing—I tend to spend that time engaging in a thorough cleanup. I also love organizing closets etc.

I'm an animal lover and experienced dog-walker, cat-sitter, bird-whisperer.

Essentially, what I do is more "household management" than babysitting. I got into this business when I graduated from McGill University with a degree in English literature and philosophy but, unfortunately, discovered the philosophy factory was no longer hiring. I recently completed my MFA in creative writing and have been successfully continuing my work as a freelance author. Freelancing is often unreliable so I've continued my work with families because it is both dependable and deeply meaningful.

I suppose I started babysitting when I was very young. Unfortunately my father passed away and my mom worked long hours so I was left to care for my little brother. Pretty soon I had a small business going and neighbourhood parents were frequently dropping off their kids with me. It was around this time that I got involved with the organization Free the Children and, through them, I travelled around the world working in various kinds of childcare facilities.

I have worked with children with HIV and AIDS, children living with chronic or terminal health conditions, and children with various emotional and behavioural challenges. I have also tutored high-school students at some of the most prestigious private schools in North America. Lately, I have dedicated most of my time to helping teenagers with essays for scholarships or university applications. This past March, I guest-lectured at Dalhousie University where my writing is being taught as part of the undergraduate curriculum.

I am looking for a family who can provide me steady hours throughout the week so that I can continue my freelance work on the side and teach one to two evenings at the college. I am willing to work around your schedule so long as hours are reliable and we are both committed to fostering a great working relationship. I can travel so long as I am notified ahead of time. I am happy to provide references upon request.

Beyond this, I was once a competitive swimmer and figure skater. I can provide lessons or supervise. I know the (very basics) of reading music and can help with beginner piano lessons. I have a working knowledge of French (I can write a letter, read a book but feel uncomfortable in conversation). I've also played basketball and soccer—I wasn't very good but I know the rules and can hold my own against a nine-year-old.

I am a feminist with an anti-oppressive approach to childcare. I believe in praising a girl's strength and intelligence before her physical appearance. I think it is healthy for boys to cry. I call people by their preferred pronouns.

Please private message me to discuss rates, hours, and whether I might be the right fit for your family.


Availability

I can work:

Live out

Full-time

Part-time

Summer only

Occasional

Long term

Short term

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Experience

I can look after:

6 children

Ages include:

Infant

Infant

3-12 months


Toddler

Toddler

1-3 years


Early School

Early School

4-6 years


Primary School

Primary School

7-11 years


Preteen/teen

Preteen/teen

12+ years


I have advanced experience with:

Twins/multiples

Diabetes

Mental health

Severe allergies

Physical disability

Intellectual disability

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Services

Responsibilities include:

Pet care

Pet care

Housekeeping

Housekeeping

Swim supervision

Swim supervision

Meal prep

Meal prep

Groceries

Groceries

Homework help

Homework help

Errands

Errands

Laundry

Laundry


Qualifications

First Aid

First Aid

CPR

CPR

Babysitter

Babysitter

Background check

Background check

I can speak:

English

French

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Training

I have been trained as:

Early childhood educator (ECE)

Foodsafe


Job Details

Transportation on the job:

Close to transit

Close to transit

Transportation provided

Transportation provided


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