Thursday, 18 April 2013

N is for..............Nanny


                                      What is a Nanny and what exactly do they do?

When looking for childcare, many people go to Nurseries or Childminders, but one of the very first forms of childcare came from Nannies. Nannies are associated most with wealthy families, as they were the only ones who could afford a nanny years ago.  According to the Financial Times in 2012, there were over 30,000 nannies working in England alone and a lot of parents use them these days as they fit in with those who shift work, where nurseries are not really beneficial to them.

Nannies are employed to look after children in their home. There are a few types of Nanny which you may come across, The Live in Nanny, who will live with the family who provides them room and board, A daily Nanny ,who will travel to the family home each day and the Nanny share, where a Nanny is shared via two families.

There are also Mother's Helps, who will work alongside the parent with the childcare and household chores and also Maternity Nurses, who can live with the family and are trained to help parents for the first 3 months after the birth.

The website Parental Choice states :

"Professional nannies are usually between the ages of 18 and 50, and may hold some advanced degree in early childhood development. At a minimum they should hold some form of childcare qualification and a degree of childcare experience whether it is working as a nanny or working in nurseries or schools. Many of the professional nannies take care of the family’s laundry, and carry out any cleaning or tiding up which is related to the child. Most will even cook for the children. Unlike child minders however, nannies are not generally registered and their work is not inspected as they work at your home"

Of course, there is the idea that Nannies are like "Mary Poppins" or "Nanny MacPhee" but, Nannies do work extremely hard and can contribute well to a child's life. I know of a couple of people who have used Nannies and a Nanny share, and have found them flexible and a great way to solve childcare problems, involving someone they grow to love a trust.

Find out more about Nannying here :

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