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Special Needs Nanny in Portage

By June 7, 2022No Comments
Start Date

June 24, 2022


M-F: Variable Schedule

Guaranteed 40 Hours/Week




Boy: 13-years-old

Girl: 10-years-old (special needs)

The Michigan Nanny Authority: Kalamazoo is now interviewing for the following position:

A loving family in Portage is looking to hire a Full-Time Special Needs Nanny for 40 hours a week!

A family of four is seeking an experienced and maternal Special Needs Nanny to provide full-time care for their 13-year-old son and their 10-year-old daughter with special needs, for a guaranteed 40 hours each week.  The Family would like Nanny to start by late June!

Flexibility is key for this position, as the mother’s hospital work schedule changes monthly and her working hours will vary by day.  Nanny will be asked to work at least 4 days a week, depending on when mother is scheduled to work.  The Nanny’s working hours will fall between 7:00am and 6:00pm Monday-Friday, and there will be combination of full days, just mornings, or just afternoons, depending on mother’s work shift.   Some evening shifts may be requested.  Nanny will always know their schedule for the following month(s) at least one month in advance.  Nanny will be paid a guaranteed 40 hours per week, even if they work fewer, and will be paid for every hour they work above 40 hours in a week.  Overtime will be paid for every hour worked over 40 in a week.

Nanny’s primary job responsibility will be to provide loving care and daily enrichment for the family’s 10-year-old daughter, who has Dravet Syndrome, a seizure disorder.  She is a bright and social girl, who loves cooking, cuddling, and people-watching in coffee shops (pre-COVID).  She has ASD and some developmental delays and cognitive impairments, but she loves to run, jump, and play, loves being social, and is very affectionate.  The family’s primary concern is having the Nanny’s assistance in keeping her safe and healthy to prevent seizures–through daily medications, a ketogenic diet, and limiting her exposure to illness–and Nanny will be trained in how to respond if a seizure happens when they are on duty.  They would also like Nanny to be intentionally working with the girl on daily life skills like brushing her teeth and getting dressed and continuing to work with her on her cooking skills and helping her with reading and conversational and social skills.  Nanny will also encourage the girl to help with daily chores to help her learn more skills for independent living, like cleaning up after she’s done doing meal prep or cooking, loading the dishwasher, assisting with her own laundry, putting her toys and activities away, and sweeping and vacuuming.  As the girl grows and her needs change, Nanny’s assistance in helping her overcome new challenges and learn new skills will help the girl continue to blossom!


The family’s 13-year-old son has been doing virtual school since the beginning of the pandemic and will do the same for the 2022/2023 school year, but is very independent and self-sufficient and will likely only need help with meal prep and snacks and the occasional virtual school trouble-shooting.  When he returns to school and extracurricular activities, the family will request Nanny’s help with transportation.

The family has two dogs who will need minimal care and interaction during the day.  Nanny should be comfortable sharing their work environment with the family’s furry children.

The ideal Nanny for this family is a patient, loving, and experienced special needs caregiver or teacher, who has worked extensively with special needs children in previous professional positions.  A candidate who has a degree in Special Education is ideal, and preference will be given to those who have worked as ABA Therapists, in a special education classroom, or as an in-home caregiver or nanny for a child with special needs.  The Nanny will be an engaging playmate, teacher, and friend, who will be just as invested in the girl’s health, safety, and growth as the family.  They will be a maternal and affectionate caregiver, someone who feels like family and is treated as such while also being respected and valued for their expertise and input.  When the girl can be vaccinated against COVID, she will return to her normal routine of in-home ABA therapy, OT, PT, and speech, but a Nanny with experience to help make progress in any of these areas would be an incredible blessing to the family.  The family would like their Nanny to see this as a position with long-term potential and investment, as they would be able to continue working full-time with the girl for many years to come (until she’s at least age 18).

This position requires a long-term commitment to the family, and preference will be given to a candidate who is able to stay for 4+ years.  Pay will start at $23-24 per hour depending on experience and education, and Nanny will have guaranteed pay, paid time off, paid holidays, mileage reimbursement, and other standard nanny benefits.

Are you the right candidate?
  • Will have AT LEAST three years of part- or full-time nanny experience, or at least three years in a daycare or classroom setting, from age 18 forward.
  • Will have at least one year of personal or professional experience working with a child/children with special needs
  • Must be at least 21 years old and legal to work in the USA.
  • Will have their own reliable transportation, a valid driver’s license, and a clean driving record.
  • Must pass a thorough background check and drug test before starting the position.
  • Must have current CPR/First aid certification or agree to complete a class within 90 days of start-date.
  • Must have COVID vaccination and flu shot, or be willing to get both before their start date, and must be willing to get a flu shot annually (parents will pay for any immunizations.)

Ready to apply?

Start by filling out the brief Introductory Application. Please have your childcare resume available to submit along with your application.