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A smile spreads across Milja Johansson’s face when she reminisces about her first home services client in Kirkkonummi. Milja has worked as a childcarer at Pilke since 2015.
“I thought I would be a one-time substitute for a municipal childcarer but ended up helping the family and their less than one year old daughter for almost six months – sometimes full-time from Monday to Friday,” Milja recounts.
In home services for families, the childcarer facilitates a family’s daily life even at times when it is difficult for the parents due to an illness or another challenging life situation.
“I visit some clients weekly and some once every two months. Usually, I stay from two to five hours. Most of my tasks involve regular childcare but I try to assist otherwise too whenever I notice something I can do to ease the family’s daily life,” Milja says.
A typical reason for the need for home services is postnatal depression. In that case, a childcarer is required to support the mother and let her take a breather.
“When I take the child outdoors in a pram, the mother can take a well-deserved long nap or run errands in town. A chance to unwind is vital to the mother and helps her cope better.”
Milja has performed various childcare duties for over 10 years, and she has experience from work at daycare centres, care chains and care of sick children. She plans to continue as a childcarer.
“I feel motivated when I notice that my genuine attendance and care has been of help and I have managed to create a relaxed atmosphere. Even if I’m sometimes tired at the end of the day, children’s joy and happy faces are an abundant source of energy,” Milja says.