If you are a pediatric nurse, your specialty is working with infants to provide the care they need to thrive – while also giving parents useful information and guidance. As a pediatric nurse on the apex social program, you will have an opportunity to use your work experience to benefit the children of either an American or Australian host family.

Many of our host families have an infant (or multiples!) and are looking for an extra set of capable, professional hands with direct experience in this area. Additionally, as 70% of our host families have children with special needs, it is not uncommon for some families to have an infant with special needs.

Common Care Needs:

  • Working with family to achieve developmental milestones and other goals
  • Supporting special feeding requirements (feeding tubes, etc.)
  • Bottle feeding
  • Bathing
  • Therapeutic stretching and exercises
  • Taking children to therapy appointments
  • Helping with colic, teething or other common infant-related conditions
  • Age appropriate activities such as tummy time, holding objects, etc.
  • Helping baby to establish a routine
  • Maintaining communication with parents about baby’s daily activities
  • Managing baby’s laundry and other tasks such as bottle sterilizing, etc.

In addition, you may also be responsible for the following types of care, relevant to children with or without special needs, including:

  • Introducing children to your language and culture
  • Preparing healthy meals
  • Administering medication
  • Helping with bathing children, toileting and bedtime routines
  • Introducing age-appropriate activities (art, outdoor play, reading time)
  • Managing children’s busy schedules (play dates, appointments, activities)
  • Therapy homework
  • Managing children’s laundry
  • Going on special outings and activities
  • Keeping baby’s room neat and tidy