I often sit back in disbelief as I listen to some nannies brag about how great they are at their job, concentrating solely on the custodial aspect of care. Of course, I can’t discount their ideas, but delving deeper in conversations with them reveals a small glimpse of what is actually crippling our profession. While I agree that the tasks involved in custodial care—which includes the basics like feeding, bathing, diapering, and so forth—are important aspects, nannies must realize that providing effective nanny care goes far beyond the custodial component of the job.
It’s important to understand that if we as professional nannies should fail to look at other aspects of care, including but not limited to emotional, physical, and psychological development, we would have fallen short in our roles as professional caregivers.
The early stages of life in young children are very important, and research supports the fact that a lot of learning begins to take place at that time. John Locke, a philosopher, in his “Essay Concerning Human Understanding,” compared children’s minds to what he called a “tabula rasa” or blank slate. He emphasized the role of nurturing and having active parents and caretakers in the lives of young children for the successful development of something he called the “virtuous mind.” The key words here are “active caretakers”: individuals who make deliberate and consistent attempts to help stimulate the various aspects of development for a young child. In order to do that, a nanny, for example, must be keenly aware of phases of development in a child and understand childcare beyond the scope of custodial care.
The adults who are actively involved in the life of a child could potentially have a lasting effect on the child’s personality and can help shape his or her moral character. Therefore, sound nanny education and training are very important, and nannies must ensure that they are constantly being trained to be able to provide a high level of care—every child deserves that! Moreover, nanny employers should always be willing to help their nannies cover the cost of this training. Children benefit greatly by having nannies who are educated and trained in various aspects of childcare.
On October 21, 2017, we will be having a nanny training workshop, which will cover the following topics:
- Dealing with Sibling Rivalry
- Bringing A New Baby Into The Home
- Early Language Development
These are important topics that all childcare professionals should be well versed in so that they can provide effective nanny care to their charges. The classes will be taught by an engaging and qualified facilitator. Space is limited, so please secure your ticket today. Remember, “what you sow today, you will reap tomorrow.” Nanny education is very important because it’s the right of all children to have knowledgeable caretakers in their lives.
Location of Workshop: 208 West 29th Street, Manhattan, New York.
Tickets can be purchase online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fall-nanny-training-workshop-tickets-37327279899
Call 862.202.0765 to reserve a spot