Waldorf family seeks full-time nanny for two children
Waldorf family seeks full-time nanny for two beloved children
Who we are:
We are a simple family, with two children, who attend our local Waldorf school. We spend as much time as possible outside, exploring the natural world. We hike, ski, ride bicycles, and do pretty much anything we can outdoors. When inside, our children are enthusiastic readers of all manner of written words. They have recently started piano lessons, which complement the guitars and ukulele they can play when the spirit so moves them. (We have a few kid-parent duets in the works, which are pretty fun.)
We don’t do electronic screens. Occasional phone calls with loved ones who live elsewhere are about the only electronic time the kids experience. We try not to be weird about it, though: we have had a handful of movie nights (documentaries on space, or nature, seem to be fit in just fine), and they have seen a few Mister Rogers episodes. We simply never included any TV or other electronic media in their lives, and we all seem better for it. Riding bicycles, making music, knitting, or reading books just seems so much more rich.
What we need:
A kind, caring, respectful person who can help to nurture our children when the demands of our work pull us away.
Both parents work in healthcare, so have at-times peculiar hours. We seek someone able to be relatively flexible with their schedule (though we can ensure a minimum number of hours / appropriate salary). We need someone who can help the children get ready for school in the mornings, and drive them to school. In the afternoons, we need someone to pick the kids up from school, share time with them doing things that sound fun to everyone involved (we really, really don’t want it to feel like work… for any of you), and hand off care to us when we can come home. Given our schedules, sometimes this means you may need to cook something for dinner (or make arrangements for take-out, if that’s your thing). It may even mean helping with the nighttime routine on occasion.
There are also weekends where one/both of us work, and where we may need your help.
Given that we have patients in a hospital, we do need someone who can be dependable. (Both of our parents were teachers, and it’s much the same – we simply must arrive at work on time.)
What we can offer:
A family who sincerely hopes to find someone who can be a long-term presence in our childrens’ lives.
A respectful environment, where we try hard to see, and to value, everyone. If there has been a theme in our parenting philosophy, it is that of treating others – be they people, or trees – with kindness. We would pledge to treat you as well as we know how, and ask that you do the same.
A commitment to adapt the things that don’t resonate, in an effort to find something that feels right to everyone.
Compensation that feels appropriate to all involved. It’s been a time we’ve had lately in the world. Numbers have changed. Rather than put something on paper, really what we’d want is to have a conversation with you, if you’re interested, and figure out something that feels right. We value the work we’re asking you to consider tremendously. These are our children, after all. We want to ensure you are compensated appropriately for what you can bring to their lives.
While we don’t expressly seek a teacher (they’ve got great teachers at their school) we certainly value the kind of nuanced, thoughtful, and caring understanding of children that underpins the Waldorf philosophy. If you bring that kind of experience, and want to weave that into your work with our children, that would be just wonderful.
If you are interested, we would love to hear from you.
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