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Make a significant impact to a family in need.

Imagine being a mom with young kids – and a cancer diagnosis. There’s no easy way through that, but you can help.

Do what you love – caring for children

We are always looking for dedicated caregivers who can make a minimum one-year commitment – it’s an opportunity to make a real difference, by offering reassurance and stability to kids going through a very tough time.

As a Nanny Angel, you’ll provide four hours a week of free in-home care for her kids, easing her burden, offering peace of mind, and giving her children comfort and support when they need it most.

Meet our Nanny Angels

Hear their stories firsthand – and see how these caring volunteers are helping moms and kids across the GTA.

What’s in the activity bag?

Fun activities, support resources, craft supplies and more are your tools for engaging the kids in your care.

Help families in crisis

We want to create a world where every mother with cancer can count on quality childcare that gives her time to care for herself. The Nanny Angel Network offers rewarding volunteer positions for experienced childcare providers looking to make a difference.

Be a Nanny Angel

Do you have at least one year of experience working with children in a professional or volunteer setting? Are you willing to commit to one year helping a family that needs your support? Apply to be a Nanny Angel and make a difference!

Your one-year commitment includes four hours a week caring for the child or children in one family, providing them with fun, educational, creative and safe experiences in their own home.

Nanny Angels aren’t babysitters, housekeepers, or personal assistants – they are knowledgeable and reliable caregivers who are there to engage and support children and help them cope with their mother’s illness.

Benefits of being an Angel

Do what you love while making a real difference to a family. Not only will you get the satisfaction of helping people and making life better to kids who need you, you’ll spend your year building skills that will serve you throughout your career. If you’re a student, it’s a chance to get placement and volunteer hours in a meaningful, fulfilling setting.

Qualifications

We need caring individuals with related education and/or childcare experience in a professional or volunteer setting, which can include:

  • One year of recent (within three years) professional or volunteer childcare experience (including but not limited to: professional nanny, teacher, social worker, nurse, child life specialist, ECE, daycare associate, camp counsellor, classroom assistant, sports, music, theatre or art instructor, coach, activity leader).
  • Students seeking final year placement working with children.
  • Not sure if you have the appropriate experience? Contact us.

We are looking for people with compassion and empathy for children experiencing a parent’s cancer diagnosis, treatment, recovery, or death – and a real passion and commitment to supporting Nanny Angel Network’s mission. Ideal candidates are great communicators, have strong problem solving skills, and are able to remain calm in stressful situations and act quickly in emergencies.

All volunteers must be 18, have a vulnerable sector police clearance, and current CPR and First Aid training, which can be arranged through NAN. Students and retirees are welcome.

How it works

Getting started as a Nanny Angel is an eight-week process that will take you from the application stage to being fully trained in providing support to a family in crisis. Children’s needs during this difficult time are so important, so we take the time to prepare you completely.

Once your application and background check have been processed and your qualifications have been confirmed, we will provide you with specialized training in grief and bereavement, and in supporting children with anger, anxiety or behavioural issues related to their mother’s illness.

Before becoming a Nanny Angel, you will successfully complete our volunteer training, which includes modules in:

  • Compliance and risk management
  • Children’s grief and bereavement
  • Talking to children about cancer and family dynamics in the home

We will match you with a family based on compatibility and location within the Greater Toronto Area (the City of Toronto, Halton, Peel, York, and Durham Regions). Transportation to and from visits will be reimbursed, a Nanny Angel Network shirt and light jacket will be provided, and we’ll supply you with all the toys and other resources you’ll need to engage and enrich children in your care.

Your responsibilities

You will provide four hours of childcare per week to the same family, offering safe, creative experiences to children at home and in their community. You will provide regular feedback to the client experience coordinator, be responsible for regular case notes, and maintain professionalism in all interactions with clients, other volunteers and the organization.

Your chance to make a difference

Apply today to be a Nanny Angel. *Please ensure that a copy of your resume is available to upload.

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Other Ways To Help

Not everyone has the time or the qualifications to be a Nanny Angel – but there are many other ways to support our families

Be a Support Angel

Provide administrative support at the NAN offices in Toronto, (near Downsview subway station) or volunteer at one of our events.

Help raise money

Help us by raising funds – host an event, request donations in lieu of gifts for a special occasion, or connect us with a corporate donor. Find out more.

Donate

Whether you’ve signed up for monthly giving, arranged for a bequest, or would like to make a one-time donation, every dollar makes a difference. Find out more.