In search of: Nanny for the day time with some experience for a 33-month-old child with a metabolic disorder
Schedule: 3 days a week (eventually increasing to 4 days)
Beginning of work: October
Duration of employment: medium to long term
Location: family home (apartment) located downtown Montreal, in between the Old Port and the Village (near Metro Berri-UQAM)
Employer status: Registered with provincial and federal government
The Child: Our lovely 33-month-old girl was born with a rare genetic disease, a metabolic disorder. Because she is very sensitive to infections, she cannot go to a regular day care. She must follow a very strict diet and take medications with each meal. Because she has a very controlled diet, she is fed partially by feeding tube (gastrostomy tube) which also allows for easy administration of her medications. She is followed at the Montreal Children’s Hospital where she has regularly scheduled visits for blood tests. Her disease is also associated with a mild development delay. She’s a happy kid who loves nursery rhymes, playing with her ball, going to parks, and reading books! She’s a pleasure to be around. She lives in a bilingual household (maternal and strong language is French, her father speaks English).
The Family Situation: Both parents work full-time. Since child must limit contact with other children because of the risk of contracting an infection, we are looking for a reliable, punctual, responsible and children-loving person to take care of our child full-time during weekdays. The mom works close to the home and is easily accessible if needed.
The selected candidate will complete the following daily tasks:
• Prepare the child’s formula feeds and meals,
• Feed the child according to a pre-established schedule,
• Introduce new foods to the child while respecting her pace,
• Keep a log of the child’s food consumption, with particular attention paid to protein,
• Draw (liquid) doses of medication,
• Give medications according to a pre-established schedule,
• Stimulate the child’s development (motor, cognitive, and language development) by playing with her and reading to her,
• Take care of the hygiene, health, and safety of the child,
• Any other daily task related to the care of a young child.
The selected candidate must:
• Be capable of feeding the child with a gastrostomy tube. (Tube-feeding is not a complicated process. Experience with enteral feeding equipment is not necessary; the willingness to learn is however essential.)
• Accompany the child to necessary medical visits a few times a month or as needed. (A car is not needed; transportation costs will be covered by the parents if necessary.)
• Become a regular fixture in the daily life of our child, learn about her particular needs and her illness. We hope that the chosen person will be involved in the development of our child and help her to progress towards autonomy.
• Be able to respond quickly and discerningly in medical emergencies
Note: paid training over several days will be available.
Experience or related training (nursing, CPE, special education, etc.)
Familiarity with enteral feeding
Some knowledge of nutrition
Flexibility with schedules
Interested applicants should provide a resume or summary of experience and a letter of motivation.
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