We were gifted with a term of Nurturing Nannies classes, and I can honestly say that it was the most wonderful gift, and it blessed three of us: me, my daughter and my nanny… truly the gift that kept on giving 🙂
We decided that, for a few reasons, we were not quite ready to send our little last-born lamb to school just yet, and that meant she would be at home with me when I was home, but mostly with her other mommy; her Nanny, Fungai.
More about NN and their classes:
Nurturing Nannies offers a combined nanny and young child WEEKLY and DAILY play group. NN Durban holds classes all over Kwa-Zulu Natal, and invites Nannies and their respective Little Ones that they love on, to enjoy a 90minute class at least once a week. Every class is centred around a subject, whether that be learning about colour, body parts or transport. The class generally starts & ends with singing (all songs relate to the theme of the day), and is centred around learning about the subject theoretically, practicing their listening and encouraging the babies to follow instructions. There is always a practical session, which may be anything from the nannies swinging their Little Ones around, to blowing bubbles through a sponge.
How NN blessed Fungai, our nanny:
Fungai was a teacher back in Zimbabwe, and so she is not only wonderful with my children, but knows full-well about the importance of stimulation, learning and development, and is a real blessing to our family. She has, however, never taught children as young as Brooklyn before, and so enrolling her and Brooklyn into Nurturing Nannies (NN) Ballito classes was so great for her, and provided her with a toolkit for helping Brooklyn through the remainder of the school-at-home days of the week. In Fungai’s own words, the classes created a very strong bond between her and Brooklyn. They showed her how to teach Brooklyn at the pace she needs, how to create activities that Brooklyn can enjoy during the week, and how to keep pushing her to try new things that she sometimes may shy away from, and why it is important that she does/graps them. Fungai says the classes went as far as to better teach her how to feed Brooklyn, how to communicate with her, and some ways to teach her basic skills to help her grow and to keep her safe. The teacher reminds the nannies of things like the fact that being on their phones while looking after children may distract them, possibly resulting in the child hurting themselves while they are not being watched.
How it blessed me:
I would be lying if I said that I didn’t have a fair amount of that wretched old #momguilt for being a working mom-who-is-at-home-but-not-always-present because I cannot fit everything I need to do in a day into the few hours I have before pick-up, extra-murals, shopping, cooking, house-managing, admin, self-maintenance and more! Phew! That was a mouthful!
So yes, I have that guilt that rears its ugly head too often to count, for not being able to enjoy as much 1-1 time with my baby as I would like. Not being able to take her to weekly stimulation classes like I did with my boys 🙁 but unfortunately for this time we are hustling hard because that is what entrepreneurs need to do, and it is in the hopes that I will have more time with the kids in the future, and that comes at a cost. But I digress! The BLESSING for me was in knowing that my little poppet got the very best 90minutes of stimulation from a wonderfully enthusiastic and experienced teacher, socialising, and learning. The blessing was in the knowing that Brooklyn and Fungai were both being taught important and age-appropriate activities, that Fungai could follow through with Brooke in the rest of the week at home. The blessing of knowing that those 90minutes were solely dedicated to my little girl’s mind, body and soul, not only in the short-term, but with extended lesson ideas and activities printed out for Fungai to follow with her. The blessing was in hearing my little girl singing songs I hadn’t yet taught her, and knowing things about objects I hadn’t yet given her to discover. Absolutely priceless.
How NN blessed my baby girl:
Our little Brooke absolutely LOVES to learn. She is a little sponge and craves stimulation. Every NN class was an adventure for her, and they did things that neither I nor Fungai would have thought to do with her, like planting a lettuce when learning about “green”, and painting her feet red to make a little foot-shaped racing car, or playing with multi-coloured spaghetti! Being a third-born child Brooklyn doesn’t lack in social skills. She is almost always around people, and loves socialising. The problem is though, that she isn’t often around other little people her age. I don’t have many friends with kiddies Brooke’s age, and even with the few I do, between us we can’t seem to find much time for play dates, another #momguilt moment filtering in! NN has allowed Brooke the time to enjoy the company of other little ones on a weekly basis. A date set in stone, no matter what meetings may crop up for me, the ‘show’ goes on for Brooke and Fungai.
As you can see, I am an absolute believer in this wonderful business, and I am ever-grateful for the term that was gifted to us by Nicole, Kirsten and the Nurturing Nannies Durban team. We feel very blessed to have been given this gift that will keep giving for as long as Brooke’s beautiful little learning journey continues, because it was the ultimate stepping stone in her education, and one we hope to continue until she starts school.
According to the Nurturing Nannies website, here are some of the benefits of these classes for your Nanny and your child:
Benefits to Your Little One:
Provides an interactive, creative learning environment
Scaffolds their learning and development
Babies and young children learn best from modeling other children
Sessions provide age appropriate activities aimed to enhance their development – fine motor, gross motor, perceptual and sensory skills
Provides an opportunity to develop skills towards meeting their early learning goals – early literacy, problem solving, numeracy, creative development, physical development, knowledge and understanding of the world and personal, social, and emotional well-being
Potential for a smoother transition into a formal pre-school education
Benefits to Nanny:
Provides guidance on what activities are best for your Little One’s stage of development
To understand WHY we do certain activities and what aspects of your baby’s development they target
To learn how to have FUN with your Little One
Understanding safety in the home and what precautionary measures to take
To develop a way of thinking that encourages creativity and ingenuity
To gain confidence in their interaction with your Little One
To be able to learn from others’ experiences and to share their own
Provides a forum where questions can be asked in a friendly and open environment
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