Tell us about yourself!
I’m Cicely Wilson! I am 34 years old and have been in the childcare industry since I was 9 years old. I became a nanny at 15 and have held the roles of a family assistant and household manager. I currently work full time in a nanny share with 2 super cute and sweet 1 year olds in Washington D.C., and do overnight work as a Newborn Care Specialist. In my spare time I enjoy attending open houses, binge watching HGTV and going to wine tastings. I also like to travel and brunch is my favorite meal of the day. I have big goals in 2017 with the top 3 being: obtaining certification as a Postpartum Doula and Lactation Educator and going to Dubai!
What led you to becoming a nanny?
When I was 9, I started “babysitting” for my neighbors. The baby would sleep and I would play video games and watch TV. I thought it was the coolest job ever! I continued to babysit until I was 15 and got my first real nanny gig providing summer care for 3 little girls. We spent our days swimming, doing arts and crafts and hanging out at the library. I knew then that I wanted to care for kids for the rest of my life.
Describe yourself as a nanny in 5 words.
Nurturing, attentive, creative, patient, and supportive!
Describe your nannying approach. What is your childcare philosophy?
I am a strong believer in letting a child be a child. I like to give them the room to explore and learn and make mistakes (without harming themselves, of course!) I love to support and nurture a child’s talents by providing them the tools and resources they need to thrive and succeed. My philosophy is to develop a relationship and mutual understanding with both the parents and the children. Making sure that the parents understand that we are a team and must work together well to ensure quality care for the children and the kids understand that I am not only there to play with them and make sure they have everything they need but, to also help them become a kind and respectful person in society.
What do you enjoy most about being a nanny?
Not having to work with adults! Children are very resilient and appreciative. They enjoy the simple things in life, are easy to please. I enjoy being able to be silly and fun without being judged!
What part of nannying do you find the most challenging?
Probably saying goodbye at the end of a position. You develop such a strong and personal relationship with the family, it becomes really hard not to picture them in your life on a daily basis.
What advice would you give someone just starting his or her nanny career?
Know your worth and don’t lower your standards because you are desperate for a job at the time. Educate yourself on the laws of being a household employee. Stay current and relevant in your profession by attending trainings and conferences. Build your tribe of nannies that are supportive. Also, be open and maintain open communication with your employers!
What does a typical day at work look like for you?
My day starts at 7AM. We typically have breakfast then spend a little while playing. We may have a morning playdate or go to storytime. There is so much to do here in Washington, DC that we never get bored. We typically have lunch at home followed by a 2.5 hour nap (That’s when I straighten up for the day and get some quiet time to myself). After nap, we will do an art project, play outside, listen to music or go for a walk. Sometimes I will prep dinner or give the kids a light snack before I leave at 5:30PM.
What is your go-to nanny outfit?
Black leggings almost every day! I like to be comfortable, but presentable. I pair my leggings with nicer t shirts and sometimes a cardigan. Depending on what we have planned for the day, I am either in flats or tennis shoes.
How do you wind down after a long day on the job?
Last year I took a class on meditation. I have found it to be helpful to go home and meditate for a half hour to release the events of the day. Then I have a big glass of wine, that helps too!
Any childcare books, websites, or resources you recommend?
I like ABCMouse.com and YouTube for kid friendly videos.
The gals behind Not Quite Mary Poppins are always looking to grow our bookshelves! What are your favorite children’s books?
I am a big fan of anything Shel Silverstein and Eric Carle. I also like the Pinkalicious books by Victoria Kann – they are super cute!