1. Sanity

Simply put, we do not want you to lose the plot and worry incessantly about recruiting a nanny. We also don’t want you finding someone who is unsuitable and worse,  a basket case herself. But we know that fears coupled with the level of hormones coursing through your body make relatively rational thinking and decision making difficult.

And here’s where a professional agency like ourselves can make all the difference to what can be an anxiety provoking process. Here’s how:

  • We offer professional assistance and screen with an objective view .
  • Of the 200 ladies that enquire in a month only 20% get chosen and make it through our stringent screening process.
  • We are the only agency that has trained our agents to use the Ideco AFISwitch digital fingerprint scanner. This scanner is used to take digital fingerprints, which is then electronically submitted through software to the South African police.
  • Five to six hours are spent screening the candidates and preparing them for interviews.
  • Basic training in child and house etiquette is given e.g. Not administering medicine without the parents’ permission or not using phone without asking.
  • All nannies must have a minimum of two years of recent experience working in a home.

But the process does not end here. As we know our children are constantly growing and developing and it is for us to maximise their opportunity to do so, which brings me to the next point.

  1. Stimulation

The next concern you may have is what does a child and nanny do all day? Do you know your child’s milestones? Do you have time to spend showing your nanny what to do? Maybe you have even suggested activities for her to carry out with your child…

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Lara Schoenfeld relates, “I’ll never forget the day I sat down with my nanny to show her how to finger paint with my son James. Despite being wonderful with him and being shown many times where the paints were, she never did paint with him. However after a few minutes she was more engrossed than he was. And then it dawned on me, and I asked her, Tee, have you ever painted before? No came her reply. Ever built a puzzle? No. And that’s when I knew I had to change this.”

Many nannies have never had the opportunity to engage in play and believe that learning starts when you go to school. But what we are discovering at Nanny ‘n me is the hands on nature of our programme provides an experience for your child and nanny that enables her to witness first hand that this little one is able to learn.

She displays what she makes with pride and every week is given more ideas to carry out at home. Moms receive a weekly email with photos from the session as well as a developmental explanation of the activities so you can continue to encourage her at home. Another wonderful extension is that the neighbourhood gets to know each other and informal play dates start to happen.

Do you know that the first 1 000 days of your child’s life your child’s brain reaches 80% of its adult size?

In the first moments, months and years of life, every touch, movement and emotion in a young child’s life translates into an explosion of electrical and chemical activity in the brain, as billions of cells are organising themselves into networks requiring trillions of synapses between them.

With brain connections proliferating explosively during the first three years of life, children are discovering new things in virtually every waking moment. They must be organised into networks that require trillions of connections or synapses between them.

These connections are miracles of the human body, depending partly on genes and partly on the events of early life. Many kinds of experiences affect how young brains develop, but nothing is more important than early care and nurturing.

We pride ourselves on not TEACHING nannies but demonstrating to her week by week through hands on experiential learning, how she is to FACILITATE learning.