Nanny Networking in Chicago
Networking, or the process of connecting with peers within one’s field, is an important part of career success. For nannies, however, networking can be quite difficult. A nanny typically works alone in a private home with a small child, and often does not have a ton of opportunities to connect with his/her peers. Feeling isolated in one’s career is one of the biggest reasons for nanny turnover and diminished career satisfaction.
Read on to learn ways that nannies can network in Chicago.
1. Via The Village’s website & events
Sign up free on viathevillage.com to search for nannies employed near you for backup when you are ill or need time off or just to meetup with for playdates! Via The Village also offers events throughout the city for both parents and nannies. These events are great ways to network with families and nannies!
2. Facebook groups
Of course, if you’re interested in connecting with nannies online before meeting up in person, you can always utilize any number of the Chicagoland Facebook groups geared towards nannies. Become a member of Via The Village Nanny Share & Care Chicago.
A few of the other popular groups are: The Chicago Nanny Group, The Real Nannies of Chicago, Hyde Park Chicago Nannies, Chicago Nanny Networking, Chicago Professional Nanny Network, Chicago Area Nanny-Moms, and West Suburbs- Chicago Nanny Group.
3. US Nanny Association
The Us Nanny Association is an excellent way to get involved with the nanny community. They host numerous community events and meet ups. You can also volunteer for different committees intended to elevate the profession. Annual membership only $25/year. Sign up HERE.
4. interNational Nanny Training Day (iNNTD)
This worldwide in-person event happens every year in April during The Week of the Young Child. Nannies from all over the US, UK, Australia, and several other countries come together to learn valuable skills to advance their careers and make them better nannies. Almost all iNNTD events will have built-in networking time, so take advantage and meet nannies in your area!
5. Bring business cards to play spaces/parks/classes
Business cards are not only a great way to connect with potential families when you’re job searching, but they’re also convenient for exchanging information with that super fun nanny you recently bumped into at the park.
6. DEMA (Domestic Estate Management Association) events
The Chicago DEMA chapter encourages nannies to attend their events for networking purposes. These events are as fun as they are educational!
7. Nanny agency events
Many nanny agencies offer networking events free of charge to the nannies they place. If you’re researching agencies, be sure to ask if they offer these types of events.
8. Trainings (NCS, CPST, Positive Discipline, CPR/First Aid, Doula)
Training sessions can be another great way to meet nannies. Whether you’re obtaining your CPR/First Aid certification, obtaining online nanny training with Amslee or becoming a Newborn Care Specialist, you’re sure to find a friend or two before the course is complete.
As you can see, there are a number of different ways that a Chicago nanny can network with his/her peers. Whether in person or online, networking is a huge asset to nannies, and one that is highly recommended! What’s your favorite way to network?
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