There's no doubt that KiwiOz Nannies are known for their outgoing attitudes and willingness to help. But what catapults you from being a GOOD nanny to a GREAT nanny? One word. Education. Nanny Educators are getting todays best nanny jobs, and you can be one too!
So, what is a Nanny Educator?
In short, a Nanny Educator is someone who understands early childhood development and how to encourage learning at home.
How do I become a Nanny Educator?
1 Understand what it means to be an In Home Educator. The nannying industry is not like any other childcare industry in the UK. Every other industry, from schools, to nurseries, to childminders, are required to follow the UK EYFS Framework. This framework sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.
A nanny, as an In Home Educator, will understand the EYFS and how to follow it with the children at home.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes.
It is not a requirement for nannies and au pairs to follow the EYFS. However we believe that applying the EYFS Framework in the home environment is a critical to delivering quality in home care, and building on your child’s learning at nursery or preschool.
We focus on the three Prime Learning areas of the EYFS which are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.
These three areas are:
Communication and Language
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language
Listening and attention: children listen attentively in a range of situations. They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions. They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.
Understanding: children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. They answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.
Speaking: children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future. They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.
Moving and handling: children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.
Health and self-care: children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. They manage their own 6 In childminding settings, the key person is the childminder. 11 basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.
Personal, social and emotional development
Self-confidence and self-awareness: children are confident to try new activities, and say why they like some activities more than others. They are confident to speak in a familiar group, will talk about their ideas, and will choose the resources they need for their chosen activities. They say when they do or don’t need help.
Managing feelings and behaviour: children talk about how they and others show feelings, talk about their own and others’ behaviour, and its consequences, and know that some behaviour is unacceptable. They work as part of a group or class, and understand and follow the rules. They adjust their behaviour to different situations, and take changes of routine in their stride.
Making relationships: children play co-operatively, taking turns with others. They take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity. They show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children.
Each day, when you're having fun with the wee ones, think about how that activity is relevant to the EYFS. Did you go to the playground? Great! You're linking to Personal, social and emotional development, and Physical development. You're probably linking to Communication and Language as well!
It's not rocket science but this awareness of the influence you are having on children as their role model and caregiver takes your skills as a caregiver to the next level.
2 Tell your family what their children are learning. Most parents know about the EYFS but don't apply it in the home environment. It's usually up to schools to keep the kids on track! Home is for family life and play. BUT! You can show your family that you are helping to prepare their little ones for the upcoming challenges of the school environment.
Each day, when you complete your Nanny Journal, let the parents know about at least one activity that you've done. Tell them the prime learning areas that you worked on today. Make sure they know that as the children's caregiver, you are gently encouraging them to become confident, resilient people through fun play based learning.
3 Study and keep learning! If you're like me, once you get a basic understanding of early childhood education you'll be hooked! There is so much we can do to help children grow into confident little people. The example that we set is THE MOST important of all. The children watch and learn from us. So we need to keep learning about how we can help them be strong and happy individuals.
Here are just a few of my favourite blogs, pages and groups for ongoing learning:
Janet Lansbury- Elevating Childcare | Gentle parenting advice on anything from toilet training to toddler tantrums
Nanny Magazine | Everything nanny. Supporting nannies and sharing ideas
Nanny Care Hub | An American site for nanny professional development
The Toddler Ingredient | Recipe Ideas
Super Healthy Kids | Recipe and Cooking Ideas
The Nanny Love | Craft and activity ideas
Busy Little Kids | Amazing kids activities app
You can also train to become a professional nanny if you're not already qualified. Quality early childhood training will open up your career options and stand you out as a dedicated career professional.
Finally, don't forget (because we're KiwiOz Nannies and we know that nature is good for our souls) you should always encourage lots of outdoorsey time and activities with the wee ones. If nothing else, the fresh air tires them out for a great sleep!
We encourage you to join up with The Wild Network and download the Wildtime App.
The Wildtime App is full of fun and easy outdoor activity ideas. Simply key in how long you want to be outdoors for- eg 10 minutes/ 1 hour etc, and a list of great activities will pop up.
Happy learning everyone!
Rachel @ KiwiOz
Our little home dedicated to sprinkling some 'Down Under' Sunshine in the lives of London families and nannies ☺
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