I’ve been busy lately, and have been lacking on this blog, which I love, and I actually started, to write real things about childcare in general. There is so many aspects of THE JOB, whether you are a Nanny, Childminder, Early years teacher or something else, but the core is the same. This has been on my mind quite a lot recently, and it would be interesting to see whether you have any comments on the topic.
I’m an Early years teacher by degree, but I have been a Nanny for a while now. So I will mainly focus on what it is like to be a Nanny ( superpower human who is trying to rise tiny humans as the best versions of themselves).
I’m so surprised how so many times when I say I’m a Nanny, a lot of people will say “Oh you’re a babysitter?” or ” How nice you can play with children for your job” and other degrading comments. I often find defending myself with saying “I do have a degree in Early years education” like if being a Nanny is something everyone can do, and I’m just doing it because I don’t want to have a ‘serious’ job. I wish more people would understand what really do I do every single day at my job. It is certainly true, mostly anyone can be a Nanny, but it takes a special kind of magic to collide and become ” The Lovely Nanny “.
This post might be a wee long, but I’m really passionate about what I do, and this is what I think every Nanny should be or do.
- provide the environment where children feel safe (physically and emotionally)
- respecting the tiny humans
- listening to them
- hug them
- making sure they are happy, carefree and healthy
- be a good example
- make sure children have healthy and nutritious meals
- nurture a good relationship with parents and respect their parenting
- let them be active
- teach them to have confidence in their own abilities
- help them develop respect for others and themselves
- be educator and career
- tell them you love them
- ability to asses the development of each child
- plan age appropriate activities
- help them develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings
- be a multitasker
- providing opportunities to learn and explore on daily basis
- read them every day
- know every child is unique
- sit on the floor a play with them
- be very familiar with curriculum (whether you work in public or private sector)
- help them think critically
- honour their ideas
- teaching them responsibilities and consequences
- be patient, kind and generous with her time
While every day making sure toys are organised and cleaned regularly, clothes are organised by size and washed, bedrooms are tidy, diaries updated and filled in, meals cooked, parents updated on every new achievement and play area and kitchen cleared by the end of the day.
Being a Nanny is one of the best jobs in the whole world. As working with children with not only give you a lot of satisfaction but will also challenge you to be a better human yourself. Seeing the whole undamaged potential in a small person is a huge responsibility that you can’t take lightly.
Being a Nanny is one step further from being a parent during the day, and saying goodnight at the end. Being a Nanny is having your heart filled with love, every time you catch a cheeky smile. It’s also explaining WHY, and being patient when putting on shoes. It’s also the times when you have to say no 34 times and be consistent while doing 10 other things. It’s running in parks, and going down slides, it’s saying well done, and giving high 5. Being a Nanny means never to cross the street on the red light and go out during the week, but it also means I get cuddles every day and ‘I’ll miss you’ when I leave for the weekend. And if you’re really lucky you can see them grow up.
Let’s be honest. Most of the days you will probably need some paracetamol, lots of coffee, waterproof shoes, glitter, sun cream, vitamins, phone with really good internet, some chocolate and the will of steel.
And some days will be all rainbows and butterfly’s.
Until next time,
The Lovely Nanny xx