This week marks Nanny Recognition Week, a time where families all over the world will show their appreciation for the individuals who have had a huge hand in raising their children.
First started in 1998 by two American women, the idea was to honour the childcare professionals and showcase the positive impact nannies can have.
To join in on this year’s celebrations, ACOUP spoke to Training Principal Michaella, a former Norland Nanny, to learn more about her experience.
Studying at Norland College, a prestigious Early Years Institute in the UK, the school’s graduates often go on to care for the children of families around the world, including the British Royal Family.
Now with over a decade of experience, Michaella was keen to share the incredible impact a nanny can bring to a household. She said:
“Being a nanny is the most unique form of childcare in the Early Years. You can give one-to-one care in the child’s home having a huge impact on their health, social, emotional, and physical development.
“Being a nanny means you are often doing multiple jobs, whether it’s a playmate, chef, caregiver, educator… the diversity of the job makes it so exciting and rewarding when you see the impact on a child’s development!
“Nannies can be outside every day, exploring new places and no two days are the same for the little ones.
“We should recognise the hard work it takes to become a successful nanny and how passion plays a huge role. They’re kind, caring, fun and really focussed on the children in their care.
“They love children and want to spend time with them when maybe the parents cannot be due to commitments. Children will have security and a strong attachment and parents can be reassured their children are getting the best possible care in the comfort of their own home!
“Having been a nanny for ten years all over the world, I worked in many exciting places including London, Miami, Europe.
“I loved being able to join a new family, adapt to their needs and form incredible bonds with the children. Seeing the children grow from babies to amazing young people and knowing I had an impact on this was the most rewarding thing.”
Now sharing her experience as a nanny with others, Michaella oversees ACOUP’s range of KHDA certified Child Care at Home courses, perfect for upskilling your nanny.
This introduction course offers insights into
- Paediatric First Aid (Introduction)
- Child Development
- Child Protection
- Early Years Learning
- Effective Communication Skills (Parents and Nanny)
What childcare courses are available?
There are currently two courses available at the ACOUP Training Institute for Child Care at Home:
- Childcare at Home 12 hours (Introduction -UAE) or
- Childcare at Home 120 Hours (UK Level 3); for those who are applying to work inside the UK.
What is the ACOUP Training Institute?
Established Since 2015 Acoup Training Institute has successfully trained over 10,000 female home help workers, nannies, private nurses, caregivers, and medical staff pre-placement.
Run and managed by UK expats, our team are passionate about upskilling home help workers throughout the UAE.
To enrol on the Child Care at Home Program, please click here.