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Child Development Tips Every Nanny Should Know

Happy Sunday to all of our nannies and readers!

We will be vamping back up our Nanny Tip of the Week this week and bringing you a great topic about child development. Every child develops in a different way than the child next to them from another family. So one has to wonder, “How can we as nannies help a child develop in the healthiest way possible?” Take a look at a few bits of information from the World Health Organization we think are super helpful to consider and how we can relate it to being a great nanny!

  1. Your impact as a nanny of a newborn or an infant is vitally important - According to the W.H.O., “The brain develops most rapidly in the first few years of a child’s life.” If we know that the first few years of life are most important, then the job of a nanny of an newborn or an infant is THAT much more important to aiding in healthy development! Be sure if you are a nanny of a newborn or an infant to find those activities that challenge and help with development (i.e. fine motor skills, language development, gross motor skills, etc.) and put an enhanced effort to implement those specific activities.
  2. Remember the three critical elements of healthy child development - For those that may not know, the W.H.O. states that having the following three things are essential for healthy development of a child: “(1) a stable, responsive, and nurturing care-giving; (2) safe, supportive, environments; and (3) appropriate nutrition.” As a nanny, a typical job description will certainly entail these tasks. It takes a great nanny to follow through with providing these elements to a child and being intentional about it. If you use these three elements as a benchmark for the work that you do, you are certainly on your way to helping with that child’s healthy development!
  3. The level of care you provide matters to a child later on in their life - Some people think that nannying is just a great way to make some money if you enjoy working with kids. And for many nannies, that very well can be the case! However, it is essential to recognize that the work a nanny does truly makes an impact. The W.H.O. also identifies that “high quality early childhood care and education programs can improve children’s chances for success in later life.” This can include in-home childcare, daycare settings, pre-school settings, traditional school settings and everything in between. Nannies maintain a high level of involvement in a child’s life and it is evident that the quality of the care you provide really makes a lasting impact. Challenge yourself to remembering this every day you go in for your shift so it may serve as a reminder of the importance of the work that you do.

The World Health Organization has several other helpful facts listed in the resource below. Though they relate more so to child development, these principles can certainly be related to the work of a professional nanny. Our overall hope here with Chicago Collegiate Nannies is that you recognize how your skills, care for children and talents can make an incredible difference in the lives of families. After taking a look at this article, what are some things that stand out to you about how you can be challenged to be a better nanny? We would love to hear your ideas! That’s going to be all from us here at Chicago Collegiate Nannies. Feel free to let us know what types of topics you would like to hear on the next Nanny Tip of the Week! Thanks for reading and have a wonderful week!


Samantha Speed

Resources: http://www.who.int/maternal_child_adolescent/topics/child/development/10facts/en/

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