Interview with Melissa Martz by Hanan Awaad
According to Statistics Canada, about half (46%) of all Canadian parents relied on some form of child care for their children aged 14 years and younger[i]. In addition to the high costs of full-time child care, many parents are struggling to find the best child care for their kids. That is said, at Corporita Magazine, we believe that Melissa Martz’s book.‘Finding and Hiring the Best Childcare.’ just came on time. The hundred pages book, written in an easy-to-grasp manner is a valuable resource for parents and caregivers. With many practical tips, the book guides parents through the process of finding the best childcare step-by-step and provides useful comparisons between different types of childcare services available to Canadians. Corporita Magazine has met with Melissa and discussed her latest book.
What inspired you to write the book?
I have been a full-time Nanny for 19 years, and have been asked over and over again about how to find childcare, where to find childcare, and questions to ask potential candidates. I noticed there were no books of the kind in Canada, so I felt I had to write one. Moreover, I have received much encouraging feedback.
Why is it not easy to find the best childcare?
There are many things to consider when finding the best childcare solution. Also, there are many types available, each with its list of pros and cons.
You introduce yourself as a professional Nanny, what is the difference between a nanny and a babysitter?
A Nanny is fully invested in the child’s development and well-being, and am an integral part of each of the families lives that employ her. They mostly help raise their children. Myself, I am their day in, day out, for approximately 40 hours work week. I come when the child is sick. I plan and implement activities and outings that engage and challenges every part of their development.
On the other hand, a babysitter simply provides custodial care by keeping a child safe and entertained for a few short hours on an as-needed basis (i.e. date nights). The care if usually on weekends, weeknights and after school. They are often high school, college/university students for these occasions. Grandparents fit that bill as well.
Originally posted 2016-10-31 19:32:08.