What does a nanny actually do?
The job of a nanny is to promote the physical, social, emotional and educational development of the children in her care.
The wellbeing of each child is paramount and she should create a safe and stimulating environment in which the children can develop and thrive. She will achieve this by providing a structured day, she should organise age appropriate activities and games for the child.
The nanny should offer educational support and she is responsible for devising interesting, creative and productive methods to engage the kids.
The nanny can also be asked to perform all nursery duties for example preparing meals / bottles, nappy changes, bath time routine, school runs, tidying of the children’s rooms and children’s laundry. Click here to find a list of duties the nanny could be asked to perform.
So why choose an English speaking nanny over a French?
The ability to understand and speak English could be fundamental to the future and success of your child. Speaking English is not just about being able to communicate with native English speakers. English is the most common second language in the world and is also the language of science, computers, aviation, diplomacy and tourism. Having a good command in this language opens an abundance of doors for the speaker. By hiring an English speaking nanny you are investing in your child’s future.
An English speaking nanny will help your child to grow up with an open mind as learning a second language isn’t just about words, it’s also about getting to know different countries and cultures. An English nanny can provide your child with the chance to learn about other parts of the world and other ways of life.
My child gets taught English at school, why do I need an English speaking nanny too?
Yes, schools have excellent English teachers and your child’s English classes will provide a great base for English and help them learn grammar. However, having a nanny who speaks English and immerses the child by interacting in a natural setting such as daily in the home and in everyday, ‘real-life’ situations takes the pressure off learning. It instead becomes a part of daily life and will allow your child to develop a natural fluency.
Does being bilingual have any other benefits?
Yes! There have been many studies that have been conducted into how knowing a second language can be beneficial. Some of the benefits found for children have been an increased ability to focus, multi task and problem solve.
The gift of language is an amazing one and your child will no doubt thank you in the future for providing them with the opportunity to have learnt a second language naturally rather than struggling later on in life when language acquisition is that much more difficult and time consuming.