What part of Atlanta do you live in? I live in Smyrna near SunTrust Park.
Meet Cassidy S., our Your Happy Nanny for the month of March! Cassidy is a friendly, engaging nanny who recently obtained her Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. She has experience both inside the classroom and as a nanny, primarily working with infants, young toddlers, and preschoolers. Cassidy is excited to find a fantastic family to work with for years to come! Contact us today to schedule your interview with her.
What part of Atlanta do you live in? I am not currently living in Atlanta, but as soon as I find the perfect family I am ready to move!
Where are you from originally? Jacksonville, Florida
What language(s) do you speak? English
How long have you been a nanny? I have over six years of experience in the childcare field which includes being a nanny, as well as working in a preschool.
Do you have a favorite age and why? I love all ages, but I would have to pick 3-year-olds. They are so curious and are becoming independent! I love to watch and help them do tasks and see how happy they are when they successfully complete one.
Funniest nanny moment: Wow, I had an allergic reaction to a make your own gingerbread house kit! My lips swelled up and turned bright red. The child I was watching still talks about how funny my face looked to this day!
Favorite thing about being a nanny: I love that I can teach young minds in a setting where they are comfortable, and I can provide more one on one attention.
What is your strongest quality as a nanny? I think my strongest quality is my background in a preschool. I know how to bring the creative curriculum that we taught there to a home!
Favorite place to bring children on an outing in Atlanta: I am excited to be able to explore my new city with the children I will be looking after. I like to be on the go, so I am ready to see everything Atlanta has to offer.
Favorite activities to do with kids on a rainy day: Art projects, I love to see what they create!
What is your educational background? I graduated in December from The University of Alabama with a Bachelors Degree in Human Environmental Science. My major was Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Early Child Development.
What do you like to do in your free time? I love to go to concerts!
What special skills do you bring to a family as their nanny? As a nanny I am motivated, creative, and able to bring learning experiences in to every aspect of the day. I love to help children reach the milestones of their lives. I can help with schedules, potty training, nutrition, and learning. I can run errands if needed for the family as well (I love the grocery store)! I am ready to start my career and find a long term position I can grow in.
When are you available to start a new position? Immediately!
We are proud to introduce Jessica M. as our Your Happy Nanny for the month of February! Jessica is an absolute delight to be around! She holds her Bachelors Degree in Psychology, and has obtained her Newborn Care Specialist certificate. She has experience working with newborns to school-age children, enjoys cooking, loves animals, and is an excellent swimmer. All of Jessica's references agree that her next family will be so lucky to work with her! Don't miss your chance interview Jessica, contact YHN today!
What part of Atlanta do you live in? My husband and I bought a house in Dunwoody and have been there for a little over a year and half. We love it!
Where are you from originally? I am the oldest out of four children, was born in Columbia, South Carolina, and have lived in several different states growing up before my family moved to Georgia. I have lived in Georgia now for 19 years.
What language(s) do you speak? English and elementary Spanish.
How long have you been a nanny? I have been a professional nanny for seven years, during that time I was promoted to household manager/lead nanny. I have worked with children since I was a teenager, which encouraged my love for taking care of children. During my teen years I enjoyed babysitting and volunteering in the church infant/toddler nursery, and then in college I volunteered at a non-profit organization called Awana where I worked with the toddler group. My internship was with Power House for Kids, which is a child advocacy center that helped children who had been abused. This further opened my eyes to how important it is for all children to be raised where they are loved, where they laugh, and where they play in a healthy structured environment.
Do you have a favorite age and why? I love all children, but if I had to pick it would be newborns and toddlers because they are learning, growing, and taking everything in with excitement. I love being able to help in that
process and encouraging them. I know this time in their life is extremely important and they can be influenced greatly, so I love to see that their needs are met physically, psychologically, and emotionally, which helps set them up for success.
Funniest nanny moment: There are so many funny moments I have experienced while being a nanny, which makes it hard to choose just one and is one of the reasons why I love being around children! One of my most recent funny moments was when a 3 year old girl told me that she loved a boy in her class and that she was going to tell him she loved him. I asked her what she would say if he said he didn’t love her back. And she smiled and said cheerfully, “I will go find another boy to love!”
Favorite thing about being a nanny: I love being a nanny not only because I get to love and look after children, but I also invest in the entire family and ensure a happy household; so that the parents are able to have more time to spend with each other and their children. This is why I decided to pursue being a professional nanny.
What is your strongest quality as a nanny? It’s that I genuinely love the children I take care of, which gives me patience for them, joy to be in their company, and the ability to get on the child’s level and take in what they are communicating in order to help them express themselves and work through their feelings. Through all this, I respect the parents’ wishes for their children. I value open and honest communication with the parents and can be counted on to be reliable, trustworthy, and loving towards the family.
Favorite place to bring children on an outing in Atlanta: One of my favorite playgrounds/parks to take children is Mason Mill. It has two play areas (one for younger children and one for older children), it has a wide open area to run around, and it has walking paths leading to a river and a bridge to see trains. I also enjoy taking children to the Children’s Museum of Atlanta because it is great for a wide range of ages and is a place where they can learn in a fun and stimulating way.
Favorite activities to do with kids on a rainy day: I love rainy days because it gives the children and me a chance to be creative and come up with fun and new activities to do indoors. I like to incorporate fun and silly games into natural learning. Some examples are: Finding a new craft to make or painting. Playing with rainbow rice and using bowls, cups, and spoons to mix, measure, and pour. Exploring imaginative play through building tents or grocery store play. Making exciting science experiments involving colors, bubbles, and fizzy magic.
What is your educational background? I graduated from Toccoa Falls College with my B. A. in Psychology and then recently I furthered my knowledge in childcare by becoming certified with the International Nanny Association and completed the training for newborn care specialist.
What do you like to do in your free time? For a little insight into who I am in addition to my love for children: I love animals and have grown up with them all my life, enjoy horseback riding, arts and crafts for all ages, cooking and baking, I am passionate about reading and writing, singing, swimming, being outside, and much
What special skills do you bring to a family as their nanny? I have extensive experience in caring for newborns and toddlers and have successfully taught: baby sign language, elementary Spanish to toddlers (examples: colors, numbers, animals), ABCs, mathematical concepts, spelling, shapes, sounds, colors, weather, and encouraged cooking and baking skills by helping to mix and measure. Examples: making up songs, playing matching games to learn ABCs, and using art to learn colors. I am also knowledgeable in sleep training, potty training, I am able to be firm and I effectively use positive reinforcement to encourage the desired behaviors. I am organized and a self-starter. I plan well so I am able to plan weekly meal calendars and I take the initiative to help out the entire family.
When are you available to start a new position? I would love to be able to find something starting mid-March.
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Our Your Happy Nanny for the month of February is Kathleen (Katy) Burke. Katy recently moved to Atlanta from North Carolina and is seeking a full-time nanny position to begin as soon as the right family is found. Katy has worked as a full-time live in nanny and has extensive experience working with both children and adults who have special needs. Her most recent nanny position involved working with a child who has autism, and she wrote a children's book about her experience. Katy is bright, happy, and ready for a new family to work with! Check out Katy below, and let us know if you'd like to schedule an interview with her.
What part of Atlanta do you live in?
I just got an apartment in walking distance from downtown Decatur.
Where are you from originally?
I was born in Denver, Colorado and lived there until I went to Emerson College in Boston.
What language(s) do you speak?
I took a few years of French in high school and wish I could have taken more! Sometimes I play French games on my phone to practice.
How long have you been a nanny?
I’ve been a babysitter and mother’s helper since I was ten years old. At one point, my sister and I were the primary babysitters for at least eight different families in the neighborhood! I began working as a live in nanny three and a half years ago.
Do you have a favorite age and why?
I love people of all ages but babies and toddlers have a special place in my heart. I feel really lucky when I can watch those years of development first hand.
Funniest nanny moment:
In my most recent job, I watched a 5 year old with autism. He absolutely loved cats - he would meow sometimes instead of answering questions. We used to ask him all the time “Are you a cat?” and of course he would reply, “Yes.” For Halloween that year, I asked his mom if he and I could dress up together as cats and go trick or treating. We made a big show of putting on the ears, drawing whiskers and a pink nose and even putting on mittens that looked like paws. When he was finally ready we all stepped back and said, “Look, now you’re a cat!” to which he immediately replied, “Woof.”
Favorite thing about being a nanny:
I feel that nannying, that being a part of helping a child learn, grow and think is a very important job and I feel proud to go to work. But as much as I can give kids, they always have so much to give back to me too. Whether it be a reminder that there is nothing in the world that could beat a chocolate chip cookie or how amazing it is that the sky is blue every single day, working with kids helps me stay grounded and thankful for ordinary miracles.
What is your strongest quality as a nanny?
I have been babysitting for about twelve years and in that time I have worked for many different families, each with their own unique lifestyles. I have come to appreciate a variety of parenting styles habits, and traditions. I think this makes me flexible in new jobs. I can easily adapt my work to fit the needs of different parents and children.
Favorite place to bring children on an outing in Atlanta:
I recently visited the Atlanta Aquarium for the first time and WOW- what a fun and beautiful place! I also love walks around the neighborhood and taking kids to playgrounds and libraries. My parents took me camping in the Rocky Mountains all the time, and I treasure my memories out in the sunshine. I love when I can go out to play with kids so they can run free, breathefresh air and to explore the natural world around them.
Favorite activities to do with kids on a rainy day:
I am a passionate crafter. Anywhere with paints, glue, glitter or ribbon is where I want to be. I also love to bake, and on rainy days there’s nothing better than warming up the house with fresh bread or muffins.
What is your educational background?
I attended an arts middle and high school from 2006 to 2012 where I majored in theater. I then attended Emerson College in Boston, MA. for Theater Education. My major taught me how to teach children a variety of different subjects while getting kids out of their seats and emotionally involved in the material. I feel lucky that I’ve had such a strong presence of arts in my life because school did not always come easy to me and finding creative ways to learn the material was essential to my learning process. I love that now I have the tools to help kids achieve the same success.
What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time I love to craft- most recently I’ve been working on flower garlands to decorate my new apartment. I also love exploring the city and trying new restaurants. I have friends who are starting a production company here in Atlanta- so helping with their projects (by acting, cooking, running errands, etc) has been an awesome way to meet people andhave fun since I’ve been here.
What special skills do you bring to a family as their nanny?
I am patient and creative when dealing with difficult situations.
What's something that a family might be interested to know about you?
Last Spring I self published a children’s book titled Z is for Zip. It is a learning tool for children who have questions about their peers and siblings with autism. The illustrator and I met while volunteering at Rocky Mountain Village (an Easter Seals camp for people with disabilities in Colorado). We both volunteered several years in a row and fell in love with the campers - and in awe of all they had to teach us. The book is meant to show children that different does not mean wrong, and to treasure the wisdom of people who think differently.
When are you available to start a new position?
I’m ready and excited to start work now!