Patient, engaging and collaborative nanny needed to work as a ‘shadow’ at Palisades Preschool in Santa Monica. Dual-working parents have a very sweet 4-year-old little boy with learning differences/special needs consistent with autism. In this role you will collaborate with the child’s teachers, occupational and speech therapists, behavioral specialist and parents, to ensure he is getting the support he needs, and providing consistency while he’s in the classroom. You should be a reliable team player who is flexible, takes directions/suggestions, and articulate how the child is doing to the parents to ensure his needs are being met. Palisades Preschool follows a strict Reggio approach and is a play-based preschool; while you don’t need prior experience, an open mind and willingness to learn and understand the philosophy is a must.

The schedule will be Mon-Fri from 8:45am-1:30pm; however, flexibility to start/end a little earlier/later is needed, and an openness to pick up occasional extra afternoon hours is ideal. Rate is $30-35/hr gross DOE. In terms of the child’s special needs, he experiences various sensory processing issues as well as dyspraxia, among other differences. The ideal candidate has some prior OT experience and/or a background in social behavioral training, ABA therapy, floor time, or has worked with a child who experienced similar special needs.

The ideal candidate is very engaging, patient, and has a heart for children who face learning differences. He loves to play outside and both parents encourage him to have fun and get dirty, so they need someone who will not shy away from getting on his level and doing the same. If you are the kind of nanny who embraces their inner child, is not afraid to be silly, will let their imagination run wild, and is not embarrassed to act out a dinosaur battle or cheetah race, please keep reading! While you won’t often provide care in the home (located in Pacific Palisades), they do have a pool on property and he loves to swim, so you should be comfortable in the water.

Although there are currently no pets in the household the family is hoping to add a furry family member in the near future, so please be pet friendly with no allergies. Must be COVID vaccinated and live in a household where all adults are vaccinated. Apply today to be considered for this position!

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