Nanny Angel Network
Toronto, Kingston or Hamilton
6 - 12 months
Community & Care
Skills you would develop
Talking to children about cancer
How to support children's grief emotions
Candidates with child care experience and want to enhance their skills
Retired professionals in related field
Passionate volunteers wanting to make a difference in a child’s life and give back to the community
About the position
Imagine a world where every mother with cancer receives the care needed for her children – so she has enough time to care for herself. Now, also imagine a world where every child receives the support they need to cope with their mother’s illness or death.
The Nanny Angel Network (NAN) offers rewarding volunteer positions for skilled childcare providers who are looking to make a difference in the lives of families. Nanny Angels provide free, specialized in-home relief childcare support for mothers who have been diagnosed with cancer, for those requiring palliative care and for families requiring additional relief during the bereavement period.
By visiting weekly, building trust, and having fun, Nanny Angels help mothers gain the confidence and peace of mind to rest or attend appointments, knowing their children are cared for and supported by knowledgeable and compassionate volunteers. Nanny Angels receive specialized training in children’s grief and bereavement and receive the support of NAN’s Child Life Specialist.
How you can help
Provide fun, educational, creative, and safe experiences for the children.
Minimum six-month commitment to ensure support during the duration of a mom’s cancer treatment and recovery.
Four (4) hours of childcare service per week to the same family.
Volunteers are matched with families based on compatibility and location within the GTA.
Individuals with one year of recent (within three years) paid or volunteer experience with children (including but not limited to: teaching, social work, nursing, child life specialist, Early Childhood Education, daycare associate, camp counsellor, classroom assistant, sports, music, theatre or art instructor, coach, activity leader or professional nanny)
Students in a related program seeking final year placement working with children
Retired professionals with related experience
Willing to obtain a Vulnerable Sector Check ("VSC") and First Aid CPR certification.
Must be able to present contact information of references who can verify their experience working with children.
Must be a minimum of 18 years of age
About the organization
The Nanny Angel Network is a registered charity and the only organization of its kind in Canada. We have been providing free, specialized childcare to families living with cancer since 2009.
Being a Nanny Angel is not babysitting. Our dedicated volunteers are specially trained to support children 16 and under as they cope with a parent’s illness or death. We believe that no child should ever have to go through this struggle alone. Our Nanny Angels are equipped to give children the tools they need to handle their fear, anxiety or grief.